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The twenty-nine of us were E.T.I. Team 17, whose assignment was the asteroids. We were four years and three months out of Terra, and we'd reached Vesta right on schedule. Ten minutes after landing, we had known that the clod was part of the crust of Planet X -- or Sorn, to give it its right name -- one of the few such parts that hadn't been blown clean out of the Solar ...more
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Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Aug 15, 2014 Viji (Bookish endeavors) rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Trash seems the fitting word,but I shouldn't call it so since it's a book. I found this story in the golden age of sci-fi collection. What I can't understand is,what about this story made the editor include this crap in the golden collection. I wonder if this author wrote anything else. Just to check if he is stupid all the time,or just this once.
(Shift+del) from memory.
Kari
May 02, 2015 Kari rated it liked it
NOT THE ZEN YOU THINK IT IS

This should definitely be reevaluated and somehow prevented from showing up in the Zen/Tao/Bhuddist/etc searches.
Besides that it actually it a rather good short story. It's only a few pages long, and tells the story of a ship's crew exploring other worlds and planets, actually only one planet but others are implied. I personally would have liked more explanation on things happening, but as short sci-fi stories go this is a good one.
Denise
The story begins with David Koontz, paleontologist of the 29-man crew of the “Lucky Pierre” investigating the asteroid Vesta. It immediately becomes clear that Vesta is crustal remains of Planet X, otherwise known as Sorn. David begins hunting for fossil remains, but stumbles across the Zen.

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Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 12, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
In the book 'Zen' a scientist on a planet comes upon an animal called well a 'zen' and starts communicating with it. It actually asks him to kill it since 'she' is the only one left, but, coincidentially there's a male 'zen' on board the ship.......
Velma
Um, NO.

Really, that's all I can bring myself to say here. Anything more would simply be gilding the lily, or maybe scraping the gilt off with anything I can find to hand.
Alexander Fényi
maybe not a great read by today's ideal's but still a nice old picture of a simpler view not touched by all scientific knowledge accumulated since the fifties.
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Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (January 11, 1923 Los Angeles, California – April 28, 1998 San Bernardino, California) was a American short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for his comparatively small output in science fiction. He also wrote many westerns and used the pseudonyms D. B. Lewis, Harry Neal, Albert Russell, J. Russell, M. St. Vivant, Thornecliff Herrick and Alger Rome (for ...more
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