The chief of protocol said, "Mr. Hudson of—ah—Mastodonia."
The secretary of state held out his hand. "I'm glad to see you, Mr. Hudson.
I understand you've been here several times."
"That's right," said Hudson. "I had a hard time making your people believe
I was in earnest."
"And are you, Mr. Hudson?"
"Believe me, sir, I would not try to fool you."
"And this Mastodonia," said the secretary, reaching down to tap the
document upon the desk. "You will pardon me, but I've never heard of
Clifford Donald Simak (August 3, 1904 - April 25, 1988) was a leading
American science fiction writer. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula
award, as well as being named the third Grand Master by the
SFWA in 1977. Clifford Donald Simak was born in Millville, Wisconsin,
son of John Lewis and Margaret (Wiseman) Simak. He married Agnes
Kuchenberg on April 13, 1929 and they had two children, Scott and Shelley.
Simak attended the
The tracks went up one row and down another, and in those rows
the vua plants had been sheared off an inch or two above the
ground. The raider had been methodical; it had not wandered about
haphazardly, but had done an efficient job of harvesting the first ten
rows on the west side of the field. Then, having eaten its fill, it had
angled off into the bush—and that had not been long ago, for the soil still
trickled down into the great pug marks, sunk deep into the finely cultivated