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Vacation on Earth [Kindle Edition]

Richard E Lowe
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Earthians were horribly split up internally. But Kcid took a man's delight in inhabiting them.

Short Story


The body of a man lay on the bed. He appeared to be sleeping, although an experienced finger would have found almost no pulse, and a practiced ear would have detected only the feeblest breathing. Life in the body of the prone figure was at a low ebb.

Slowly, seemingly out of the very head itself, a haze began to ooze — a gray, filmy, foggy vapor which grew thicker and thicker, spreading out until the man's face was totally obscured.

The haze assumed shape and even a kind of substance, and when it had formed into a long, oval mass, it began to float across the room.

It settled down in the seat of a large upholstered chair, almost as if it were trying, humanlike, to make itself comfortable.

After a moment the mass of gray vapor began to glow, first with a dull orange tint gradually brightening to red, then into purple and finally into a luminous green. Tiny points of light began to flash inside it, and then one sudden, stabbing beam leaped out of the glowing hazy stuff. It passed swiftly up through the ceiling and beyond into the sky, and continued out into the great empty reaches of space…

Product Details

  • File Size: 105 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eStar Books (April 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XW6NUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,049 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent September 21, 2012
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Great premise but wish there was a slightly longer storyline that didn't end quite so abruptly. Good descriptive imagery, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a thought-provoking short sci-fi story copyrighted in 1956 which contains an original rather clever idea about the human mind and about enjoying life on earth. A being from another planet, named Kcid, came to earth to help his fellow beings decide whether to settle earth, inhabit the bodies of earthlings, and live here. He is the second such being to come. The first seemed to enjoy life on earth so much he did not communicate his findings to his planet.

Kcid finds that the earthlings are very backward and their science insufficiently developed. Some of their behaviors strike him as strange, especially their sexual desires. He also finds that they are different from beings in any planet; they have two minds, a conscious and a subconscious. The latter causes humans to do things that they would not want to do if they only used their conscious mind. Kcid finds that the subconscious leads to bizarre acts and what humans call insanity. He reports back that he wants to spend a vacation on earth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By winks12
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This was a short story. It was ok for a freebie. If I would have paid for the book I would have been very disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read September 7, 2012
By lazyguy
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Very nice work Mr. Lowe. This was a nice, quick read and seems like it would make a great concept for a full length novel. The end was a bit sudden but I really enjoyed what there was. Keep up the good work. I'll be loading the other story "When I Grow Up" as soon as I finish this review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not long enough June 16, 2014
By Neil
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was not enough vested into the story to grab or hold my attention, I found that to be very disappointing
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stunk June 10, 2014
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Was not a book. It was merely a paragraph, which if it had a book after it, it could have been quite entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mind opening. May 11, 2014
By Freddy
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Great read but it's too short. Any sequels coming soon? Would love to see /read about how things pan out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aliens May 6, 2014
By candi
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Book involving aliens. Um...It's a great fiction book and i wish the author would put more into the story. Nice development and plot but I wanted to keep reading :( sad face
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing.
This extremely short science fiction tale, concerns an alien reporting on humans. Written in 1956, a few references are dated but not the balance of the story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
10 minute read that wasn't worth the time.
Published 15 days ago by Valerie Briones
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Short and sweet. Wow, what an imagination! Simply brilliant. Who knows and who can tell with certainty that something like this is not possible?
Published 19 days ago by ubavka seirovska
5.0 out of 5 stars Very short story, but fun!
I was prepared for this to be a short story by the existing reviews so I won't deduct a star for that. The story was simple, fun, unusual and,I think, worth reading.
Published 27 days ago by Ol' Phill
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok story
Science fiction story that was short. It gave an okay story about possible aliens coming to earth. It was not a great story but okay for a short read.
Published 4 months ago by Christine Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Vacation on Earth
Pretentious pulp. No substance. Has the ring of being pushed out prematurely for the buck. Was not worth $0.00 that I paid for it.
Published 5 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars What garden spot ?
Okay, so what happens if an alien picks Earth as the garden spot for their vacation?
Confusion, missteps, humor . . yep all that and more.
Published 9 months ago by Jim Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Not vacation
Don't waste your time. To short, to vague. Richard took an idea and tried to run with it but tripped.
Published 10 months ago by William Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars Short Story?
More like a few pages, the premise was interesting but if you read the blurb you have literally read the entire thing. Don't waste your time.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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