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The Last Letter

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Who or what was the scoundrel that kept these couriers from the swift completion of their handsomely appointed rondos?


On Tenthmonth 1, 2457 A.D., at exactly 9 a.m. Planetary Federation Time - but with a permissible error of a millionth of a second either way - in the fifth sublevel of New- New York Robot Postal Station 68, Black Sorter gulped down ten thousand pieces of first-class mail. This breakfast tidbit did not agree with the mail-sorting machine. It was as if a robust dog had been fed a large chunk of good red meat with a strychnine pill in it. Black Sorter's innards went whirr-klunk, a blue electric glow enveloped him, and he began to shake as if he might break loose from the concrete.

He desperately spat back over his shoulder a single envelope, gave a great huff and blew out toward the sorting tubes a medium-size snowstorm consisting of the other nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine pieces of first-class mail chewed to confetti. Then, still convulsed, he snapped up a fresh ten thousand and proceeded to chomp and grind on them. Black Sorter was rugged.

Genre: Science Fiction

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March 2011 : USA Kindle edition

Title: The Last Letter
Author(s): Fritz Leiber
Publisher: eStar Books
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