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Telzey Amberdon

Telzey Amberdon

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Published by: Alan Smithee on Nov 28, 2010
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TELZEY AMBERDON The Complete Federation of the Hub James H. Schmitz edited by Eric Flint Co-edited by Guy Gordon
 
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and anyresemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
“Novice” © 1962, first appeared in
 Analog,
June 1962; “Undercurrents” © 1964, first appeared in
 Analog,
May & June 1964; “Poltergeist” ©1971, first appeared in
 Analog,
July 1971; “Goblin Night” © 1965, first appeared in
 Analog,
April 1965; “Sleep No More” © 1965, firstappeared in
 Analog,
August 1965; “The Lion Game” © 1971, first appeared in
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August 1971; “Blood of Nalakia” © 1953, firstappeared under the title “The Vampirate” in
Science Fiction Plus
, Dec. 1953; “The Star Hyacinths” © 1961, first appeared in
 Amazing Stories,
Dec. 1961; all copyright to the estate of James H. SchmitzAfterword, © 2000 by Eric Flint; “A Short History of the Hub,” © 2000 by Guy Gordon.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.A Baen Book Baen Publishing EnterprisesP.O. Box 1403Riverdale, NY 10471ISBN: 0-671-57851-0Cover art by Bob EggletonFirst printing, March 2000Distributed by Simon & Schuster 1230 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020
Typeset by Windhaven Press, Auburn, NHPrinted in the United States of America
 
 NOT WITHOUT MY HUMAN!
Wisps of thought which were not her own flicked through Telzey’s mind as the silent line of shadowsmoved deeper into the park with her.They were curious; this was the first human mind which hadn’t seemed deaf and silent to their formof communication. They’d been assured Telzey would have something of genuine importance to tellthem; and there was some derision about that. But they were willing to wait a little, and find out.“Tick-Tock?” she whispered, suddenly a little short of breath. A single up-and-down purring notereplied from the bushes on her right. TT was still around, for whatever good that might do.Then in the mental sensations washing about her, a special excitement rose suddenly, a surge of almost gleeful wildness that choked away her breath. Awareness followed of a pair of unseen malignantcrimson eyes fastened on her, moving steadily closer—they’d turned her over to that red-eyed horror!She sat still, feeling mouse-sized.Something came out with a crash from a thicket behind her. Her muscles went tight. But it was TTwho rubbed a hard head against her shoulder, then stopped between Telzey and the bushes on their right, back rigid, neck fur erect, tail twisting. In the greenery something made a slow, heavy stir.TT’s lips peeled back from her teeth. Her head swung towards the motion, ears flattening,transformed to a split, snarling demon-mask. A long shriek ripped from her lungs, raw with fury, bloodlust and challenge. . . .

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