The fuel his ship uses is a filament or wire which is kept on a spool. On exploring the locale he has landed in he discovers a huge building half-buried in a mountainside. He enters the building and discovers it is a museum filled with thousands of glass cases containing preserved specimens of various life forms as well as machines. There is a robot curator that does repairs and, as the astronaut finds out, prepares cases for new exhibits.
On analysing the wire in one of the machines he discovers that is suitable as fuel for his ship so he winds a length of it onto his ships spool and leaves the planet just ahead of the robot collecting him and his parrot as museum exhibits Hobbyist by Eric Frank Russell. His name is Steve and his companion is a macaw named Laura. I have it in this collection: Astounding Tales of Space and Time.
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Within ten minutes he'd found a great coil of the coppery metal, a huge ovoid, intricately wound, lying beside a disassembled machine His hands were trembling slightly but his hawklike face was firm, phlegmatic as he carefully threaded the wire's end through the automatic injector and into the feed hole of the Kingston-Kanes. Read more. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Need to identitify a short story about an astronaut stranded alone on a planet that houses a strange museum Ask Question.
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This shows other users that the question has been answered and rewards the answerer as well. I have it in this collection: Astounding Tales of Space and Time "Publication: Astounding Tales of Space and Time", The Internet Speculative Fiction Database Here is a list of other books that contain this story: "Title: Hobbyist", The Internet Speculative Fiction Database Within ten minutes he'd found a great coil of the coppery metal, a huge ovoid, intricately wound, lying beside a disassembled machine Mark Rogers Calvin is hanging upside down, holding onto both sides of the doorway while Mom tries to push him out the door to go to school.
The fearless Spaceman Spiff finds himself on the planet closest to star X!
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An alien approaches Is it friendly or hostile? What are you still doing in bed still?
Get ready for school! Definitely hostile. Spaceman Spiff finds himself on the planet surface. An alien approaches. In the blinding light, Spiff can't tell whether the alien is friendly or hostile. Mom comes in to yell at Calvin who's still sitting on his bed. She tells him to get ready for school.
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Spiff, being carried off by the alien, says that it's definitely hostile. The school bus will be here any minute! Spaceman Spiff, captured by vicious zogwards, is about to be transported to the labor camp! Our hero hatches a bold plan! At the last second, Spiff makes his break! Taking advantage of the planet's low gravity, our hero is away like a shot.
There's the bus Calvin is tossed out the door. Mom tells him the bus will be by any minute. Get going! Spaceman Spiff, captured by the Zogwargs, is being transported to the labor camp. Our hero hatches a plan. He makes his break.
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Using the planet's weaker gravity, our hero is away like a shot. Mom looks out the window. She says she sees the bus, but why doesn't she see Calvin? Calvin, what are you doing? You're supposed to be on the school bus! Get over here! Our hero blasts off with his emergency jet pack! Another daring escape for the intrepid Spaceman Spiff! The Zogwargs are on rocket scooters! Spiff fires his death ray blaster! It's your own grave you're digging, buster! Mom gets on her coat and tells Calvin to get over there.
Our hero blasts off on his jet pack. Another daring escape for the intrepid Spaceman Spiff. The Zogwargs are on rocket scooters. Spiff fires his death ray blaster. Calvin is throwing snowballs at Mom as she chases him. She tells him he's digging his own grave. The valiant Spaceman Spiff is led by his captors to a secret dungeon to be debriefed! Little do they realize that our hero doesn't WEAR briefs! Eat your dinner, Calvin.
Poised precariously over a percolating pit of putrid pasta, Spaceman Spiff is held prisoner!
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Still won't talk, eh, Earthling? Our hero's mind races furiously! He's had his chance! Let's make him eat! The human scum escaped! Not for long, Zokbar-2! And tomorrow morning he'll have cold manicotti for breakfast!
Mom tells Calvin to eat his dinner. Spaceman Spiff is held over a pit of putrid pasta. Our hero's mind races furiously. The aliens say that he's had his chance. Let's make him eat. Calvin looks surprised, points behind Mom and Dad, and tells them to look behind them. When they look, Calvin runs off. One alien says the human scum has escaped.
The other says tomorrow morning, he'll have cold manicotti for breakfast. Blasting across the galaxy in hyper light drive, it's Spaceman Spiff, interplanetary explorer extraordin Since Calvin seems to be enjoying the lesson, let's have him demonstrate the next problem. A Zok death sloop appears out of nowhere and fries Spiff's stabilizers!
Our hero hurls out of control towar his imminent doom! The situation is desperate! This could be the end! What can our hero do?? His mind racing furiously, Spiff springs into action!see
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He downshifts his spacecraft and Oh, darn, out of time. Once again Spaceman Spiff beats all odds to save the day! Spaceman Spiff blasts across the galaxy. Miss Wormwood asks Calvin to demonstrate the next problem. A Zok death sloop appears and fries Spiff's stabilizers. He hurls out of control toward his doom. Calvin writes the math problem on the chalkboard.