“What the hell is that, Dad? Is it even edible?” “Shut up and keep smiling, kids. Don’t make her angry. Remember there used to be three of you.”

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“… at the head-end of the lunar torpedo.”

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“Within three hours of its landing on earth, ten long, slender, worm-like tubes, each of them in the neighborhood of one hundred feet in length and ten or twelve feet high, had emerged from the three circular trap doors at the head-end of the lunar torpedo.”