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
When Chambers is talking about the Kanamit's fertilizing process he says the soil had more vitamins than a drug store chain. While adding certain nutrients like minerals to soil would make it more fertile, vitamins would have absolutely no effect. See more »
Respectfully submitted for your perusal - a Kanamit. Height: a little over nine feet. Weight: in the neighborhood of three hundred and fifty pounds. Origin: unknown. Motives? Therein hangs the tale, for in just a moment, we're going to ask you to shake hands, figuratively, with a Christopher Columbus from another galaxy and another time. This is the Twilight Zone.
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The world in 1962 was a fearful place as I remember. In real life we had the Cuban Missile crisis after the Twilight Zone story was broadcast. In the Twilight Zone
world visitors from outer space called the Kanamits arrive and they communicate
by telepathy and they're big dudes. The casting of Richard "Jaws" Kiel should give
you and idea.
It's too good to be true. A peaceful planet and the work of untold generations
of peacemakers is sped him by scores of years. This advanced civilization from
across the galaxy turns earth into a paradise.
The story is narrated in flashback by Lloyd Bochner who possibly got a career
role from this story. Bochner who usually played villains plays a code specialist
who tries with Susan Cummings to translate a Kenamit book. They do only
too late to learn why the altruistic Kenamits have come to earth.
One of the classic Twilight Zone stories.
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