An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the alien's language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

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Michael Chambers
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Patty
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Citizen Gregori
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Colonel #1
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Michael Chambers recounts recent events on Earth after the arrival of a alien space craft. The aliens, known as Kanamit, seem friendly and assure everyone they have nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they offer to share wonderful technology that will provide limitless energy, cure all disease and convert deserts into lush gardens. For the people of Earth, paradise has arrived. Chambers is an encryption specialist and they try their best to decrypt a book the Kanamit left behind. The book's title seems benign - but it's not what they think it is. Written by garykmcd

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2 March 1962 (USA)  »

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KROQ radio (Pasadena, Los Angeles) used to use the dialogue when Michael Chambers asks Kanamit the time ("What time is it?") to announce the midday time ("On earth it is 12:00 noon.") See more »

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It is unlikely that "serve" would have the two ambiguous meanings in an unrelated Earth language, let alone an alien one. See more »

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Patty: [SPOILER] Mr. Chambers! Don't get on that ship! The rest of the book, "To Serve Man", it's - it's a cookbook!
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Referenced in NewsRadio: Space (1997) See more »

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Irony . . .
8 August 2014 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

I like this ep for so many reasons. Funny, for one, b/c they were lead to believe the surface book title was harmless. But the other reason is how all of the nations gathered together in the UN building to accept the terms of those other worldly beings without thinking twice. Yet, for decades maybe more, they war and kill each other without a shred of trust at all. How backwards a society they'd shown themselves to be, negotiating with total strangers from another world but shunning even nations who are double digit miles from us. And the ironic part of all the entire ep was the Russian delegate questioning the motives of the the Kannimits.


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