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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

 

Nichols examined the etching on the metal for some time before he looked 

up. His small eyes searched their faces in turn, then he smiled thinly 

as though witnessing a very bad gag. 

 

"Are you gentlemen playing some sort of joke?" he asked. 

 

"The Government doesn't pay us to play jokes," Cartwell informed him 

cryptically. "Do you know the language?" 

 

Professor Nichols shook his head. "I know every spoken language in the 

world, and I know many of the dead languages at least by sight. I don't 

know this one." 

 

"You're serious?" 

 

The old man nodded. "This must be some sort of jest on me. There is no 

language on Earth, dead or alive, that matches this." 

 

"We aren't joking, Professor," Nolan said seriously. 

 

"Then, my friend, someone must be playing a joke on you. No linguist can 

identify this language. I'll stake my reputation on that. Where did you 

get this?" 

 

Cartwell smiled. "I'm sorry, professor, but we cannot disclose that 

information. We'll also have to ask you to forget about it. Government 

business, you know." 

 

"Yes, of course. Is there anything else? I have a class in three 

minutes..." 

 

"No, that's all. Thank you, Professor Nichols." 

 

"You're welcome. Good day, gentlemen." 

 

As the door closed behind him, a thick silence fell over the three men. 

Cartwell looked out the window and pulled at his lower lip with a blunt 

thumb and forefinger; Nolan sat on the edge of a desk, looking at the 

strange writing as an ethnologist might stare at the bones of the 

missing link. 

 

"What now?" Sam asked, softly. "Call in a Martian to get his opinion?" 

 

"It's not funny, Sam." 

 

"Don't I know it," Sam shot back. "We've got some kind of tiger by the 

tail in this case ... a tiger bigger than the Kremlin, and I'm wondering 

how this will all sound in a report to the capital." 

 

Cartwell snorted and ran a hand through his blond hair. "I'll let you 

write the report, Sam." 

 

"You go to hell. I like my job and I don't want to get booted out 

because of a science fiction twist on an otherwise normal 

investigation." 

 

"What's the next move?" Nolan asked, trying to ignore the sinking 

feeling in his stomach. 

 

Cartwell shrugged. "Go back to the wreck, I guess and try to figure out 

something." 

 

Sam suddenly slammed his fist on the table and several textbooks danced. 

"John," he exploded. "You _know_ what this means, don't you? If the 

professor's right, and this gibberish on this chunk of metal _isn't_ an 

Earth language, then we got problems! You know what we got up there? We 

got a Flying Saucer! A space ship!" 

 

"Oh, my God, Sam cut it out! I don't believe in the damned things, I 

refuse to." 

 

Sam snickered. "It looks to me as though you haven't any choice in the 

matter. It's like refusing to believe in a Ford V-8; it don't make any 


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