10 Years Ago in Planet… “Noses” by Thithp of Blipp

Noses, by Andrew G. McCann

Metal cylinder burn through world. Fiery screams. Awe. Terror. Much death.

Silence.

The hot thing stand on The Under. Then. Open. Emerging, moving.

New sounds: “. . . and remove your helmets. . . Wow, this is fantastic; get a few lungfuls of this atmosphere. . . Better than Earth’s. . . I could breathe this all day. . .”

Families. Friends. Mutilated. Gone.

* * *

(Editor’s Note: We hope this story, translated by Andrew McCann, will be the first in a series we will call “The Best Alien Fiction.” Thithp’s tale, considered a horror classic on the Blipp homeworld, as well as many other planets, was “written” four standard-years ago into the Blipp Collective Gas, soon after the chaos of First Contact. For this series, “Noses” was translated directly from the Blipp Odor-Tongue using a specially configured SonyIBM Universal Translator.

Next issue, we hope to present another chilling tale, this time from a writer on a newly discovered world — Riw in Sector IV. Excerpted from an 800-page novel by Ceh Ff of the Soil People, this menacing story is titled, “Treads.”) *

Link to original story: http://planetmag.com/pm1/noses.htm

About the Author and Artist: Andrew G. McCann is from the future. Nothing more may be revealed.
(c) 1994-2004 by Andrew G. McCann andy@planetmag.com

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