By Stanislaw Lem

A younger officer at Scotland backyard is assigned to enquire a perplexing and eerie case of missing-and it seems that resurrected-bodies. to resolve the secret, Lt. Gregory consults clinical, philosophical, and theological specialists, who offer him with a number of theories and clues.

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Sciss might most likely contemplate you an outstanding student. you continue to suspect him, do not you? What do you think that his intent is? " "It's now not that i believe him," Gregory spoke back. "If I did i might make a proper accusation. really, i am extra at the shielding, and my place is sort of hopeless. i believe like a cornered rat. I in basic terms are looking to safeguard myself opposed to the allegedly awesome personality of this situation. in spite of everything, sir, to enhance this sort of conception to its complete volume, you need to comprise every little thing. for instance, for instance, that there are periodic interventions of issue X separated by means of very long time durations; that the final drop in melanoma mortality came about approximately thousand years in the past -- no longer in England yet within the close to East; that there has been a chain of alleged resurrections then additionally -- you recognize, Lazarus, and. . . the opposite one. . . If we take this tale heavily even for one second, the floor opens up underneath our ft, our entire civilization becomes jelly, humans can look and disappear, every little thing is feasible, and the police may still simply take off their uniforms, disperse, and disappear. . . and never simply the police. We should have a wrongdoer. If this sequence has relatively stopped, then it is going to quickly be not anything yet previous historical past and we will not have something to teach for it yet a number of plaster casts, a number of contradictory tales advised through a few no longer too vivid mortuary employees and gravediggers -- and how much research will we behavior with that? ultimately, the remainder of our research will most likely pay attention to getting the our bodies again. you are totally correct: my trick did not accomplish whatever, the telephone name did not shock Sciss in any respect, and but, wait a minute --" Gregory leaped from his chair, his eyes blazing. "Sciss informed me whatever concrete after the telephone name. He stated he expects the corpses to be recovered, and he claims he can use his formulation to determine precisely the place they are going to reappear, that's, whilst their power of flow, as he calls it, could be used up. . . Now it is as much as us to do every thing attainable to ensure that the reappearances occur in entrance of witnesses, at least one time. " "Just a minute," interrupted Sheppard, who have been attempting for a while to get Gregory's realization. The detective, virtually working round the room in pleasure, appeared for a couple of moments to have forgotten that the executive Inspector was once there. "You've manage an either-or proposition: Sciss -- or the issue. Now you've got virtually eradicated the issue, leaving us with not anything yet a few type of crude fraud, a ugly little online game being performed out within the mortuaries. yet what if neither replacement is legitimate? What if the offender isn't really Sciss or the issue? Or what if the offender invented the issue, then injected it into the corpses as an scan? " "Do you actually think that? " Gregory screamed, working as much as the table. Panting breathlessly, he stood there, looking at the calm, virtually complacent leader Inspector. "Do you actually think that. . . that. . . nonsense? nobody invented something! A discovery like that will be worthy a Nobel Prize!

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