|The childhood — it not only fun and carelessness, but also monsters under a bed and other children's fears which are forgotten with age. And if the adult has to face the children's fears face to face — whether will sustain his nerves? About it there is a speech in the fantastic story of Robert Sheckley "Ghost-5". |
Arnold and Gregor — founders, owners and the only employees of "AAA-POPS" — Astronautical anti-entropy agency on improvement of environment. Frankly speaking, affairs at them go not in the best way, but they do not despond, and their business somehow stays afloat.
Their next task consists in solving secret of mysterious violent death of colonists on the planet the Ghost-5 and to make the dangerous planet suitable for accommodation. Arnold, as always, assumes functions of the think-tank and remains in a staff on Earth, and Gregor should go personally on the Ghost-5 to supply Arnold with information to reflection.
The ghost-5 seems to Gregor real paradise: fine nature, any living being. Who could kill colonists? Till the evening he puzzles over a riddle, and at night... At night to it his most terrible children's fears come.
The clothes hanging on a chair find life and try to kill Gregor. The monster Hvat — Crayfish Tail whom they thought up in the childhood together with Arnold, is eager to eat Gregor on the first of May, and by all means in chocolate sauce. And in a doorway the vile lean Tenepopyatam who is artfully attacking in the dark hides.
Whether it will manage to Gregor to solve a riddle of this mysterious planet by means of Arnold, to cope with monsters whom he also thought up, and to leave the Ghost-5 live and safe?
The story "Ghost-5" is included into a cycle of comic fantastic stories about Arnold and Gregor, not too successful, but cheeful specialists in improvement of environment. Except "Ghost-5" the cycle included stories "Laksiansky Key" (in other translation — "The Indeterminirovanny key") ", a necessary thing" (in some translations — "Configurator" or "A minimum necessary") ", flight of a dairy van" and "Mutiny of the boat".
Every time when partners undertake the next task, something goes not so, but they get out of difficult situations, keeping (well, or at least trying to keep) sense of humour and optimism. Cheerful stories of Robert Sheckley — a fine sample of a comic fantasy, they by all means will be to the taste to both children, and adults.
Quotes from the book
"Before Gregor some figure was erected. As well as yesterday, the system of protection did not work.
Gregor slowly lifted up eyes. Somebody, facing it, reached ten foots in height and resembled the person, but only with the crocodile head. The trunk at it had a crimson color with cross cherry strips. In a paw the monster squeezed a huge brown can.
— Hi — it greeted."
"After a dinner he lay down on a bed and only made laugh eyelids as heard a delicate tussiculation.
— Hi — the Successful fellow — Crayfish Tail greeted. Personal, deeply intimate hallucination returned with gastronomic intentions!"
"... Vorchuchelo managed to grow in all the huge growth. Gregor with Arnold jumped aside in a bunk room and slammed behind themselves the last door.
— Think, Gregor — Arnold begged. — Any boy will not begin to invent a monster, without having provided from it though any protection!"