By Hal Clement
A Nomadic kinfolk sooner or later is allied with an octopus-like alien who can live to tell the tale in earth's new surroundings, which has mixed with nitrogen. people needs to stay in shelters with oxygen-generating crops, or use appropriate respiring apparatus. a few of earth's unique lifestyles varieties have mutated to outlive within the replaced surroundings. in view that nearly no metals can exist within the corrosive surroundings, any expertise relies on ceramics or glass.
Some people are suspicious of the extraterrestrial beings, blaming them for the swap within the surroundings seeing that they're tailored to it. The relations has a virtually deadly come across with a gaggle of such humans, who're keeping one other alien hostage. but the extraterrestrial beings may be able to pool stories biochemically in order that they turn into an identical character in our bodies. Their mixed wisdom and abilities aid the relatives to flee. the adventure finds simply who the extraterrestrial beings are, the place they got here from, and why the earth's surroundings changed.
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Bones remembered everything that had led up to the smaller unit's capture, and what had happened to it since then. The other remembered Bones' experience with the Nomads for the last several years; it knew Earrin and Kahvi and their child; it would, on meeting any of them, be able to use the sign language which they and Bones had worked out to supplement oral speech, and it would understand human words as well as Bones, with the same auditory limitations, could. It knew Bones' pain, and immediately on emerging from the pleasant daze which accompanied memory transfer the smaller being dropped to the floor and began removing with its fine-handling mouth tendrils the glass splinters which Bones had been unable to reach.
He asked. "A couple of hundred meters," came an answer. " They did. As might have been foreseen by anyone familiar with jail construction, they were near the bottom of a small gully, and as usual its brook had been applied to the arrangement of an air lock. Details were a little different; the stream seemed to run right under the building, and he wondered for a moment whether this one had two locks. He did not waste time trying to find out. " he cried suddenly, and at the same moment he broke to his left up the hill.
She was afraid of fire; it was dangerous and evil. It destroyed resources, both real-life and pseudolife which people needed for survival. It even destroyed structures, unless they were made of stone—and even those, if the stones were held by ordinary pseudolife cements. It even hurt, she knew, though she had never suffered a burn yet herself. But these Hillers were a menace. They threatened the welfare and the lives of Kahvi herself, her husband, and her child, especially the child. If they got a good look at Kahvi they might even become a threat to the child still unborn; its presence was now reasonably obvious, though Kahvi's figure was basically rather solid.
The Nitrogen Fix by Hal Clement