Beast of Space by F.E. Hardart:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas
Enjoyable story describes a large creature that forms a silicate shell around itself and pretends to be an asteroid, luring unwary space travelers. Read it here.
“Helmar Swenson. My daughter,
Helena, aged nineteen, and I were
lured into the maw of this hellish monster by a robot calling for help in our
television screen. This thing, known
to man as Asteroid Moira, is, in actuality, one of the gigantic mineral
creatures which inhabited a planet before it exploded, forming the aster-
oids. Somehow it survived the catastrophe, and, forming a hard, crus-
taeeous shell about itself, has continued to live here in space as an asteroid.
“It is apparently highly intelligent
and has acquired an appetite for human flesh. The singing spheres act as
its sensory organs, separated from
the body and given locomotion. It uses
these to lure victims into its stomach
in the first cave. I escaped its lure at
first because of the ‘squeaker’ I carried with me. We set up these two
doors as a protection from the beast
while we stayed here to examine it.
But the monster got me when I fell
and the ‘squeaker’ was broken. My
daughter rescued me after the acid
of the pool had begun eating away my
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