One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.
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The real difficulty is that you have to exercise conscious control on the muscles
that close the back of your mouth , or you hiss like a teakettle , since the durn
thing operates on a pressure difference . Fortunately the pilot equalized to Mars ...
To the right , south of us past the flat field , the Great Canal dipped into the too -
close horizon , showing no shore line beyond . Straight ahead of us was the Nest
of Kkkah , a fairy city . I was staring at it , my heart lifting at its fragile beauty ...
There was an open lane in front of me , with thousands on each side , set close
together as asparagus . I knew that the first thing I must do was slow - march
down the center of that lane , clear to the far end , to the ramp leading down into