Beast of Space by F.E. Hardart:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Enjoyable story describes a large creature that forms a silicate shell around itself and pretends to be an asteroid, luring unwary space travelers. Read it here.

“Helmar Swenson. My daughter, Helena, aged nineteen, and I were lured into the maw of this hellish monster by a robot calling for help in our television screen. This thing, known to man as Asteroid Moira, is, in actuality, one of the gigantic mineral creatures which inhabited a planet before it exploded, forming the asteroids. Somehow it survived the catastrophe, and, forming a hard, crustaceous shell about itself, has continued to live here in space as an asteroid.


('The Beast of Space' by F.E. Hardart)

“It is apparently highly intelligent and has acquired an appetite for human flesh. The singing spheres act as its sensory organs, separated from the body and given locomotion. It uses these to lure victims into its stomach in the first cave. I escaped its lure at first because of the ‘squeaker’ I carried with me. We set up these two doors as a protection from the beast while we stayed here to examine it. But the monster got me when I fell and the ‘squeaker’ was broken. My daughter rescued me after the acid of the pool had begun eating away my flesh." Select an invention:

Spacehound (Beast)
Oddly canine, telepathic beast digs in asteroids for metal.

Squeaker
Used to search out radium in asteroids.

 

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