By Joseph Green
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They settled slowly toward one city that filled an immense low-level plateau in the center of the continent. The scene grew increasingly familiar to Leo, and yet oddly different. The features he recognized were those seen in any Earth city; huge buildings, manufacturing plants, excavations in nearby mountains, roads and bridges, power plants and dams, and all the other artifacts of an advanced civilization. But there were also noticeable differences. The first oddity Leo recognized was the lack of houses; the city was gigantic, a mammoth warren of low blocky buildings with flat roofs, but there were no dwellings for individuals surrounding them.
For an intelligent creature dedicated to logic, Erith was releasing information in a very disjointed fashion. Perhaps the subject was so familiar to him he had difficulty conveying all the ramifications to an alien. "We'll get into more detail later. Right now you're saying we have to land somewhere in Stage 5, either walk or ride an animal of some sort through Stage 4, then sneak across the border into Stage 3, and do the same at Stages 2 and 1. " "Obvious, perhaps, but not the best way. I have been thinking of this matter for some time, Leo.
He slipped an audio communicator into his ear as he activated the drive, and headed the little car back toward the control center. "Yes, it has just come through. " As the driver abruptly turned and headed back across the field, Leo made himself as comfortable as possible and tried to observe the strange architecture. There was no fence or other barrier at the end of the concrete, and Erith Four Two simply looked for a convenient road and entered it. The streets were broad, smooth, and in perfect repair.
The Horde by Joseph Green