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Title: The Smiler Author: Albert Hernhunter Release Date: October 28, 2009 [EBook #30353] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE SMILER *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Stephen Blundell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net _Have you ever written science fiction? Have your stories been rejected? Herein may lie the reason._ The Smiler By Albert Hernhunter -Your name?- -Cole.
Martin Cole.- -Your profession?- -A very important one.
I am a literary agent specializing in science fiction.
I sell the work of various authors to magazine and book publishers.- The Coroner paused to study Cole; to ponder the thin, mirthless smile. The Coroner said, -Mr.
Cole, this inquest has been called to look into the death of one Sanford Smith, who was found near your home with a gun in his hand and a bullet in his brain.
The theory of suicide has been--- ---rather hard to rationalize?- The Coroner blinked.
-You could put it that way.- -I would put it even stronger.
The theory is obviously ridiculous.
It was a weak cover-up.
The best I could do under the circumstances.- -You are saying that you killed Sanford Smith?- Mon Apr 03 02:03:05 2017 2 -Of course.- The Coroner glanced at his six-man jury, at the two police officers, at the scattering of spectators.
They all seemed stunned.
Even the reporter sent to cover the hearing made no move toward the telephone.
The Coroner could think of only the obvious question: -Why did you kill him?- -He was dangerous to us.- -Whom do you mean by _us_?- -We Martians, who plan to take over your world.- The Coroner was disappointed.
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