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The Man Who Did Something About It: 06/08/10

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By the title alone, "The Man Who Did Something About It" by Harvey Jacobs had me thinking of the Ben 10 episode "Tourist Trap." I can just hear the mayor warning the Tennisons  to not touch It, photograph It or use electronic devices near It.

Of course though the "It" in "The Man Who Did Something About It" is completely different from the "It" in "Tourist Trap" but they do share an out of the way location and an alien / human interaction.

The big difference between the two is that in the short story, It is never defined. The mechanic believes he is doing something about it, but whatever it is, he doesn't say.

As the Filling My Head with Geh review notes, "The Man Who Did Something About It" has a Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy vibe. It does in that the alien visitor is simultaneously more advanced but just as mundane as humanity.

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