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That Game from Outer Space is a 1983 children's book by Stephen Manes, illustrated by Tony Auth. A scant 57 pages (and large print at that), it tells the story of Oscar Noodleman, a boy of ten-ish and a strange arcade game that appears outside Pete's Pizza Palace. He helps Hughie (the owner of the joint) bring it inside where it stands out among the rest of the collection, and as thanks Hughie provides the necessary dollar to play the first game. Oscar ends up playing a few more games before finally achieving victory, whereupon the aliens who inhabit the game/spaceship come out and say cool, we trust you now, fix our ship for us please kthanks seeya!

It's a short story that takes place almost entirely in the Pizza Palace (with a brief stint at the ATM across the street), and we only see five characters in all: Oscar (the hero), Hughie (the only obstacle Oscar faces beyond video game enemies), Mandy (the villain, by which I mean she's obnoxious and has all the high scores in the…




If I thought it could wait

I would 


If I imagined that there would be another time, another night

nothing would happen 


You need to know that certain things are unavoidable

once set in motion,  dominos fall 


What I'm saying is not an apology,  but the rationale

you don't need…

"We need you to keep sleeping," the officer said, not looking at me.

"What? You want me to go to sleep?"

"No, stay in your chair. Do not get up."

"Did you say you wanted me to sleep?" I asked again.

"Stay in your chair," he repeated, looking at the door instead of me. "Someone will be here for you shortly."

A few hours earlier they had pulled me over, took me from my car, and drove me to the station, without telling me why I was being detained, only giving…

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