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One summer night, a spaceship touched down in a field of sunflowers outside of an Iowa town called Albia, population 3,500. It lowered a gang plank and waited.

The next day, some kids approached the thing and a few of them dared each other to go inside. Finally, one boy named Sam went into the ship.

The inside was all white - so much so that it was difficult to figure out what was part of the room and what was not. To one side was a window into another area of the ship that had what appeared to be silvery blobs of metal in little alcoves.

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