The Eyes Have It

  • Intro

  • A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance.

  • Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere.

  • But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way….

  • The Eyes Have It

  • Narrator

    IT WAS quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet.

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  • As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do.

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    I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses.

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    Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it.

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  • Maybe it’s even under control.

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    I was sitting in my easy-chair, idly turning the pages of a paperbacked book someone had left on the bus, when I came across the reference that first put me on the trail.

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  • For a moment I didn’t respond.

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    It took some time for the full import to sink in.

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  • After I’d comprehended, it seemed odd I hadn’t noticed it right away.

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    The reference was clearly to a nonhuman species of incredible properties, not indigenous to Earth.

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  • A species, I hasten to point out, customarily masquerading as ordinary human beings.

  • Their disguise, however, became transparent in the face of the following observations by the author.

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    It was at once obvious the author knew everything.

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  • Knew everything — and was taking it in his stride.

  • The line (and I tremble remembering it even now) read: