By: Isaac Asimov
Sam saw smoke that turned into a replica of him and supposedly was communicating with him, but when dr. gentry watched the recording of Sam all he saw was same talking to himself and nothing else there around him.
They re-stationed the orbit the planet so they can study the insect but Sam got sent home.
Sam got sent to a neutron star to see if they could harness the energy to use for earth. Unfortunately people who were sent before him reported hallucinations. Sam found that the hallucination people saw was smoke that could turn into the shape of what people are thinking. The Dr. found out and wanted to send Sam home but sam refused and found that the smoke was accually insects on the planet so they reobited the planet so they could study the insect but sam was still sent home.
How the story connect to the idea of a challenge
The story relates to a challenge by the hallucinations that occurred in the story. Because of the main character fighting the doctor not to get sent back to earth and trying to find the cause of the hallucinations that lead to the studing of what was causing the hallucinations the insect even though in the end he still got sent home.
Sam- he was a 15 year old sent to a neutron star as a test subject to help use the energy and he helped to find that the hallucinations reported was by insects that were on the planet
Gentry- he was the doctor helping the test subjects and almost sent Sam home but After Sam found the hallucination the changed the orbit of the star and ended up sending sam home
The point of the story
The Challenge sam was given was to never give up. Sam had saw what the Dr. called and illusion but he knew he didn’t see you and proved to the Dr. that he did see what he saw and didn’t give up till he did.