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Space Affair by Peter Viney. 1.BETA 4297

Gareth climbed out of the freezer. He knocked a few I small pieces of ice from his clothes, and stood up. He shook his head. A freezer technician was standing next to him. She was wearing a silver metal suit.
'Gareth … Gareth Palmer.'
'Beta 4297.'
'Garden Technician, Class Four.'
'What are six threes?'
'And nine fours?'
'Nine fours are thirty-six.'
'Where are you?'
'On the New Adventurer.'
'Where are we going?'
'To the star Orelia. Planet Five.'

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  1. What do you guess a metaphor of a female freezer technician is? Why is her suit silver metal?
  2. Why is questioning awaked people is special technicians' duty but not doctors'?
  3. Why is Beta's ID number so big?
  4. What do you suppose a garden technician's duties on the spaceship is? How important his work is?
  5. Why do you think the crewpeople have to be freezed? Why do they accept a risk of death?
  6. Why are there a lot of rules around the crew's living cabins? Why doesn't anybody have to ask about the other workers?
  7. Why did Gareth smile when he realized that Alpha 3461 was a woman?
  8. Why do you think the author uses the nickname Alpha for a woman and Beta for a man? Is there an uncontrolled message?
  9. Why did Beta want to know how Alpha the woman whom he shared his room with looked liked or how old she was?

to be continued

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