Soundlessly, one could say, or with the faintest ftt, the gates of Number 1 Port slid aside and Zunge stepped forward into a hail of crossfire. Dr Zero Zunge, Director of the Neo-Normative Universal Linguistics Laboratory, acronymically NNULL. From all sides silently lethal theta-rays (able to erase…
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