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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 The Next Tenants Arthur C. Clarke 1956 Renown Publishing Co. Inc. The number of mad scientists who wish to conquer the world, said Harry Purvis, looking thoughtfully at his beer, "has been gr Then there couldn't have been many others, commented Bill Temple, a little acidly. "It's not the sort of thing one would be like I suppose not, replied Harry, with that air of irrefragable innocence which is so disconcerting to his critics. "And, as a matter of And by whom? asked George Whitley. "The Martians? Or the well-known little green men from Venus?" Neither of them. He was collaborating with someone a lot nearer home. You'll realize who I mean when I tell you he was a my A which-what? asked George. Let him get on with the story, said Drew, from the other side of the bar. "It's past ten, and if I can't get you all out by closing tim the biological side, but I found Professor Takato's research quite fascinating. rather curious piece of apparatus. At first sight it looked like one of the manipulators used for the remote handling of dangerou Thank you, said Harry with dignity, handing over his glass for a refill. "This all happened about two years ago, when I was on a "This atoll was supposed to be uninhabited, but this was a considerable error. It actually had a population of several hundred "What!" gasped everybody. "-several hundred millions," continued Purvis calmly, "of which number, one was human. I came across him when I went inlan "Inland?" asked George Whitley. "I thought you said it was an atoll. How can a ring of coral-" "It was a very plump atoll," said Harry firmly. "Anyway, who's telling this story?" He waited defiantly for a moment until he had "Here I was, then, walking up a charming little river-course underneath the coconut palms, when to my great surprise I came a I followed the power-line up a hill, and there on the other side was a low, whitewashed building set in a large clearing. All over 141 was debating what to do when a tall, white-haired man came out of the building and walked over to one of the mounds. H makers, far taller than the Empire State Building, in which the so-called white ants live. I watched with great interest, but complete bafflement, while the elderly scientist inserted his apparatus into the base of the te I yelled for attention and walked down the hill, waving my arms. The stranger halted and watched me approaching: he didn't lo 'Good morning, I said apologetically. 'I didn't know that there was anyone else on this island. I'm with an-er-scientific survey pa At this, the stranger's eyes lit up. 'Ah,' he said, in almost perfect English, 'a fellow scientist! I'm very pleased to meet you. Com I followed gladly enough-I was pretty hot after my scramble -and I found that the building was simply one large lab. In a comer I introduced myself first, and as I'd hoped he promptly responded. He was one Professor Takato, a biologist from a leading JaI introduced myself first, and as I'd hoped he promptly responded....
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