By L. Ron Hubbard
Meet Chuck Lambert, who, even though now not precisely a idiot, is accountable of letting his mind's eye get the easiest of his wits. that is simply because our younger, naive Lambert desires his personal planet. yet instead of buy one legally from the internal division of the Outer Galactic keep an eye on, he quickly succumbs to the flashy advertisements of an unsavory galactic swindler named Madman Murphy & the purported King of Planetary Realtors. What Madman is the king of, is promoting the unwary a planet that may not really correct, a planet the place one cannot sit simply because there is something the problem with its subject. and that is precisely what turns into the problem for our unfortunate voyager, after Chuck toils for 11 grueling years to scrape jointly adequate cash to ultimately purchase a planet of his personal.
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Barteber had been with Sleepy for nine years, one planet or another. Mart Lonegan never found out that Barteber’s silent whistles of surprise or glum looks—which Mart could see beyond Sleepy—meant absolutely nothing and were in reality a solid part of Sleepy’s poker. Barteber would have given his right arm before he would have cost Sleepy a pot by betrayal, but Mart, being a trusting soul, did not know that. 50 ♦ THE P LANET MAKERS ♦ Sleepy yawned. He was about six feet six and he had little weight to go with it, no matter his huge appetite.
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The village probably contained a couple of hundred people or things and Chuck instantly loosened up his gun in its holster and went forward quietly. But if he had just now seen them, they had long since seen him and there wasn’t so much as a pet in that village. He looked it over. Comical huts, fitted with round thatch roofs, floored with river reeds. There were metal cooking pots and metal weapons. And a real, live fire smoldered in the middle of the main hut. It was common. It was almost uninteresting except that these beings were sentient and skilled in a certain culture.