It was perhaps inevitable that when the long-awaited indication
of intelligent at last appeared the majority of the ship’s
observers were looking somewhere else, that it did not appear in
the batteries of telescopes that were being trained on the surface
or on the still and cine films being taken by Descartes’ planetary
probes, but on the vessel’s close-approach radar screens.
Enter the Drambons*: a perpetual rolling-motion life form found
on Meatball, the Invader’s home planet. These doughnut-shaped
beings depend upon constant gravity feed for blood circulation.
The Drambons might, or might not, have originated from the roll-along
Martian omnibuses in Destiny’s Orbit (1941-42 and 1961), by
David Grinell – always known to be Donald A. Wollheim.
*Courtesy of Bob Shaw.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
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