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By James Blish

ISBN-10: 1857989244

ISBN-13: 9781857989243

Father Ramon Ruiz-Sanchez S.J., is part of a 4 guy clinical fee to the planet Lithia, there to review a harmonious society of extraterrestrial beings residing on a planets that's a biologist's paradise. He quickly reveals himself bothered: how can those ideal beings, residing in an obvious Eden, don't have any notion of sin or God? If any such sinless Eden has been created except God, then who's accountable?

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We don't know whether our peripheral clues about Lithia are germane or just incidental. Something enormous could be hidden under the surface without our being able to detect it. MICHELIS: Agronski, stop sounding like a Sunday supplement. You underestimate your own intelligence. What kind of enormous secret could that be? That the Lithians eat people? That they're cattle for unknown gods that live in the jungle? That they're actually mind-wrenching, soul-twisting, heart-stopping, blood-freezing, bowel-moving superbeings in disguise?

One of the first setbacks the Earthmen had suffered on Lithia had come about through Agronski's ill-advised offer to raze one such structure with TDX; this was a gravity-polarized explosive, unknown to the Lithians, which had the property of exploding in a flat plane which could cut through steel girders as if they were cheese. The warehouse in question, however, was large, thick-walled, and three Lithian centuries old—312 years by Earth time. The explosion created an uproar which greatly distressed the Lithians, but when it was over, the storehouse still stood, unshaken.

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