The planet was called as Spajda, and carriers of reason occupying it called themselves spiders. She at reckless speed
addressed round the invisible neutron star which x-ray radiation, being absorbed in the top layers of rather dense atmosphere,
informed local heavens equal illumination - in the afternoon more brightly, at the nights is more dim. By the way, illumination it
neither in the afternoon, nor did not prevent to admire to inhabitants of Spajdy miriadami companions at night - fragments
collapsed there is huge moon.
For any reason of fish of small and warm-water oceans Spajdy and have not managed to get out on a land, and besides
plentiful and various vegetation on continents arthropods lived only. Billion years of overland evolution has led to occurrence
vseplanetnogo reason, and then and a civilisation of spiders, the roots leaving in depth of times, at least, on hundred millions
At a dawn of the civilised existence, maybe, because that spiders live hundreds millenia, they have mastered idea that each
carrier of reason, especially elderly, is the most invaluable treasure of collective. From struggle experience for existence
kindness was born, and the most ancient legends assert that in times of disasters primitive spiders rescued first of all the old
men, and then already young growth and in last turn of egg.
Spiders have learnt to grow up in food the giant insectivorous plants reminding, probably, terrestrial rosjanku, to construct
from own and synthetic web smart sotoobraznye cities, to make cars and devices...
- Including space vehicles, - Ramkeg has inserted. - However, short of the Krega-murderer, for last one million years anybody
from us did not leave a planet. At spiders for a long time interest to space already was gone...
... They have created and have mastered set natural and the humanities, have created excellent pedagogics both willingly
and diligently philosophised.
It is how much possible to judge, an average spider - a being extremely counterbalanced, complacent and benevolent.
The exception was made by so-called Iskusnik Kreg, it the Kreg-murderer.
This cattle was to enough outstanding scientists working mainly in the field of change of fabrics. About one and a half million
years ago has burst scandal: five assistants to Krega have one after another disappeared. The consequence has been
dressed up. Remains disappeared were found out in the thrown premises nearby to its laboratory. The unknown and terrible
thing was found out: Kreg an operative way withdrew from the victims vitals and replaced them in the organism as bodies-
doublers of high reliability.
All has been shaken by Spajda. A civilisation, which major principle said: "Die itself, and the neighbour rescue", has become
puzzled. It was not clear how to arrive with the criminal. The death penalty on a planet was never. On the offer to commit
suicide Kreg has answered with flat refusal. Then it has been decided to expel Krega. The special commission from forty
deserved spiders silently observed, how the turncoat loaded on a spaceship fuel, a stock of products, the labware and
library. Then it has risen aboard, has shouted: "I still will return, slugs! Wait!" - also has slammed the hatch. The ship has
departed, to the biggest garbage dump on Spajde have appropriated a name of the Krega-murderer.
And Kreg has returned. Three hundred thousand years ago it has landed on Spajde with a squadron from five space
drednoutov and has resulted with itself this monster of avidity and cruelty, the Great Octopus, and also the whole regiment of
bandits-tarantulas, the whole office of administrative rabble of every possible races and breeds and the whole crowd
zatjukannyh to semideath of slaves and servants. And a great civilisation of spiders the end has come. There has come
black time of sovereignty of the Great Octopus.
Spiders are not present and was not at all times and in all spaces of more melancholic and peaceful race, rather than. Each
of them was ready to die for everyone, but they were not able and did not wish to fight. However, forward pair of paws at a
spider terminates in poisonous claws - a rudiment of immemorial centuries when ancestors of spiders lived on an ocean floor,
but anybody and could not think to start this awful means at least for self-defence.
Mad artillery defeat of several cities has for ever suppressed their shy attempts to protest and resist. The power of ruthless
and fast pirates on punishment has become the absolute. Someone ran in woods - them tracked down from air and
exterminated insektitsidami. Others tried to take cover at open ocean - them heated as if for entertainment. The third
declared a sit-down strike - over them have poured napalm and have burnt alive...