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CLLTVBAL by
Stanley Sehmidt

nesthesia. as ·most of us and variety of these cultural anesthetics

A
usually understand the term. is quite large, as is the variation in the
is undoubtedly one of the degree to which the society and its
great (and surprisingly recent) members recognize their existence as
advances in the practice of medicine. such.
Through the use of such agents as di­ Consider a few examples.
ethyl ether. Novocain (procaine hydro­ Funerals are a widespread (though
chloride). and an arsenal of others that highly variable) institution which re­
has grown through the years. it has be­ duce the pain of death. not· for the
come possible to perform. routinely and dying, but for the living. They are aided
painlessly. surgical and dental proce- in many cases by religions whicn offer
·

dures which would otherwise be accom­ hope for some sort of afterlife. I doubt
panied by excruciating pain. that this is quite what Marxists had in
.
But the term "anesthesia . really has mind when they frrst called religion
a more general meaning than the inten­ ''the opiate-of the masses," but ·r don't
tional deadening of pain. Insensibility doubt that some governments have
to pain. specifically. is analgesia. found it convenient to use religion as
Anesthesia implies the loss of bodily just that. .
sensation in general, which certainly Rules of etiquette (and diplomatic
includes pain, but also includes other protocol) facilitate social and business
things. (If you doubt. try kissing with interactions between individuals (and
a mouth shot full of Novocain.) larger entities) who might be constantly
An interesting phenomenon which at each other's throats if they were al­
I've seldom heard spoken of in these lowed to be too conscious of their true
t�rms is that human societies also use feelings toward each other.
a�sthetics on their members and thus. Withholding income taxes makes
in effect. on themselves. The number payment not only easier but less painful

5
than collecting them in cash at the end under mental rugs the fact that other
of the year. A freelance writer, for ex­ living things must die for them to sur­
ample. is far more conscious of how vive. How many lifelong city dwellers
much he contributes to his government ordering steak in a restaurant really
than are most salaried employees. The grasp the fact that that steak was re­
freelancer must fork over a large lump cently part of a Jiving animal. whose
sum out of every check he receives. for , life was deliberately and involuntarily
nothing is withheld. The employee. ended to put meat on the table?
having most of his taxes withheld au­ Department stores enable people to
tomatically. never actuaJiy has the money buy elegant wood furniture and paper
in his hands and therefore never truly books while making pious outcries
feels that it is his or that it is being taken against the cutting of trees. Somebody
from him. else cuts their trees, and they can pre­
We have special words to describe tend. even in their own minds. that it
government actions which are perceived never happened.
as necessary for the social good, when The ready availability of energy from
the same actions would be considered wall outlets makes it possible to use that
reprehensible or criminal when per­ energy for a lifetime with no conception
formed by private individuals or groups. of the fact that behind every erg lie
By saying "execution" instead of mined countrysides. inevitably depleted
"homicide" or "murder," "taxation" resources, and hard questions of safety
or "eminent domain" instead of "theft" and cost and environmental impact.
or "extortion," "conscription" instead Before I go any further. perhaps I
of "enslavement," and so on, we spare should pause and emphasize that l am
ourselves the guilt we might feel if we not condemning all the things some
allowed the unpleasant connotations of careless readers will inevitably accuse
the latter word in each pair to be at­ me of. Death is a profoundly painful
tached to the action described by the fact of life and people do need help to
former (to say nothing of the lawless­ endure it. We do need ways to lubricate
ness that might grow out of such feel­ our dealings with each· other. At least
ings). (This device runs deep. This some of the things governments do,
paragraph may make you angry-at such as some taxation, are indeed nec­
least partly, I'd guess, because the essary, and we should not burden our­
words in each pair are so sharply sep­ selves with guilt for doing them to the
arated in your mind that you're shocked extent that they are necessary. I enjoy
that anybody would suggest they have a good steak as much as anyone--but
anything in common, yet you're hard I don't kid myself about where it came
put to find a definitive difference in the from: I accept killing for that purpose
acts themselves, other than who does as a normal and necessary part of the
them and why.) way ecology works. and I cannot view
Supermarkets allow people to sweep myself as something above or apart

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from the ecosystem. Manufacturing you• d better watch every move your
centers and distribution networks give hand makes, or it may stay on a stove
individuals a highly desirable range of far longer than it should. Or you may
choices as to how they li_ve; power net­ go swimming. step on something sharp.
works free them from a lot of worries and bleed yourself into a stupor before
as to how to implement those choices. you realize anything is amiss.
A frontier farmer may be self-sufficient, Which is Not Good for You.
as far as survival is concerned, but he The trouble with being anesthetized,
tends to be rather limited in what he can intentionally or otherwise, is that people
do beyond just surviving. .or objects can do all manner of injurious
All I'm doing is pointing out the ex­ things to you. and you can't defend
istence of an effect I observe-the fact yourself because you don't know they're
that the things I've mentioned. in ad­ happening. You trust your surgeon or
dition to their other properties. act �s dentist to do to you only things which
anesthetics-and suggesting that it's will help you. despite the pain they
important for those thus anesthetized to would cause without anesthesia. and to
be aware of that fact. The reason is sim­ protect you from outside dangers while
ple. Anesthesia, wisely used. is a great you are under the anesthetic.
blessing-but it is not always and au­ You would not, 1 hope, want to go
tomatically beneficial. anesthetized into the company of an
Pain, you'll remember, also serves enemy or a rambunctious lion.
a purpose. Or even a . well-meaning but cl�msy
Pain seems to have evolved as a dan,. surgeon.
ger warning system. It alerts the central Nor would you want anyone to anes­
nervous system when tissue is being thetize you without your knowledge.
damaged somewhere in the body, so Is it possible that cultural anesthetics
that the endangered part can be with­ may sometimes desensitize us (meaning
drawn from whatever is doing the dam­ the members of any culture, not just this
age (or vice versa). lt's nice to know one) not only to things they should, but
when your hand is resting on an active to other things as well? Things that we
stove burner or soldering iron, so you should be aware of. because they warn
can get it off while there's still some us of unsuspected dangers, or because
left. ignorance of them distorts our percep­
Individu
. als have been born without tion of what we, as a culture, are doing?
the ability to feel pain. Fortunately pain Tbe possibility is not hard to con­
is not the only warning system the body ceive. Con men are often successful
has, so these people arc able to adjust precisely because they use the anes­
to living in a perpetual state of partial thetics of etiquette and charm so skill­
anesthesia-but they have to be extraor­ fully that their victims never suspect
dinarily careful and attentive to their they are less benevolent �ban they ap­
· other senses. If you can't feel pain, pear-until it's·too late. A citizen who

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is not acutely conscious of how much lated plot of land, or ask anyone to stop
tax he is paying may feel little incentive using all the food and energy and ma­
to keep close (4bs on how wisely it is terials he need,s and can reasonably ob­
spent. A persuasive choice of words tain.
may lull ·a citizenry into going along
with the most bizarre political But I do think everyone should be
schemes-as Herr Hitler so ably showed aware of what's really happening when
us (and as too many of us are already he does these things. It's to their own
forgetting). A person who does not benefit for the inhabitants of,any culture
know, emotionally as well .as intellec­ to pause occasional.ly and take' �tock of
tually. where his food comes from, can what anesthetics are currently active in
easily become insensitive to the value their system. and what undesirable side
of any life but his own. One who feels effects they might have. If any are found
in his bones that electricity comes mag­ whose detrimental effects'outweigh their
ically from walls may make reckless benefits, it would be worth considerable
decisions based on the conviction that effort to find ways to phase them out
the problems of how to get the magic and replace them with something better.
into -the walls have simple answers. It may be, in the universe at large,
How can a culture guard against such that societies which are to endure for
dangers? Blindly charging forth to do long times must have built-in mech­
away with all the anesthetics, even if anisms to keep their members conscious
it were possible. would probably be of what anesthetics they are using and
self-defeating. At least some of' them, what realities they obscure. No Earthly
after all, do serve at least soine useful civilization has yet endured a very )ong
purposes. -Immediately doing away with time. in the tenns I am talking about.
all etiquette or all government powers We have notJong, for example, been
would almost certainly do more harm in a position where many people were
than good to any existing culture. Even so isolated from their food and.energy
if income tax withholding does more s .upplies that they could forget that they •
hann than good (as I privately suspect rem�in locked _in networks of global in­
it may). I would be wary of any attempt terdependence. People who do not un­
to abolish it too suddenly. It's a tossup derstand that fact are both likely to make
which would happen first: national misjudgments in using and administer­
bankruptcy because so many citizens ing resources. and highly vulnerable to
simply could not produce the sums de­ any disruption of their nonnal supply
manded at year's end, or anned revolt channels. I can easily imagine a highly
when they realized for the first time just advanced civilization requiring its
how much was being demanded. Nei­ members periodically to kill their own
ther, I suspect, would be good . for the food, to insure that they don't forget
country. I would not advocate sending that that is a prerequisite to their eating,
everyone back to fann a private, iso- even if someone else nonnally does it

Cultural Anesthetics 9
for them. Other mechanisms. some of the anesthetic-but to which the anes­
them quite difficult for us to imagine. thetic also desensitizes him. When the
might evolve to offset the effects of patient is a whole society-for which
other anesthetics. really good doctors are even harder to
The real dangers in anesthesia (other find than for individuals-it especially
than faulty application) occur when the needs to be reminded. from time to
patient is unaware that he is anesthe­ time. that it is using anesthctics. Then.
'
tized: or when. though aware of that. at the very least. it ';; an make extra sure
he is exposed to dangers other than the that its other senses arc vigilant for dan­
one he bargained for when he accepteo:.l gers the ancsthetics may hide. •

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Nothing to do'? Nowhere to go? Time meteorology. astronomy: carpentry. ag­
hangs heavy? Bored? Depressed'? Also riculture. welding (equipment. too).
badly scared? Causal factors beyond woodcraft. survival. etc.. etc .. etc.; po­
control'! etry. fiction. biographies of great. near­
Unfortunate. Regrettable. Vicit>us great; philosophy--even complete se­
cycle-snake swallowing own tail. Mind lection of world's fantasy. new and old.
dwells on problems; problems fester, Complete Oz books. etc.. Happy sur­
assume ever greater importance for prise. that.
min_d to dwell on. Etc. Bad enough Daddy was detem1ined man's highest
where problems minor. achievements not vanish in Fireworks:
Mine aren't. also positive same just around corner.
Psychology text offers -varied solu­ Confession: Wondered sometimes if
tions: recommends keeping occupied. was playing with complete deck; spent
busywork if necessary; keep mind dis­ incalculable sums on shelter and con­
tracted. Better if busywork offers chal­ tents. Turns out was right; is probably
lenge. degree of frustration. Still better having last laugh Somewhere. Wish
th<Jt I have responsibility. All helps. were here to needle me about it-but
Perhaps. wouldn't if could: was too nice. Miss
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Anyway, keeping busy difficult. him. Very much.


Granted, more books in shelter than Growing maudlin. Above definitely
public library: more tools, equipment. constitutes "dwelling" in. pathological
supplies. etc .. than Swiss Family Rob­ sense as defined by psychology text.
inson's wrecked ship-all latest devel­ Time to click heels. clap hands. smile.
opments: lightest, simplest. cleverest. Shuftle Off to Buffalo.
most reliable. non-rusting. Sarlforized. Anyhow, mounta,ins of books, mi­
All useless unless--<:orrection. until I crofilm of limited benefit; too deep.
get out (and of lot, know uses of maybe Take classics: Can tolerate just so long:
half dozen: screwdriver for opening then side effects set in. Resembles ob­
stuck drawer; hammer to tenderize steak, taining manicure by scratching finger­
break ice cubes; hacksaw for cutting nails on blackboard--<:an. but would
frozen meat . . . ). rather suffer long fingernails. Same
Oh, well. surely must be books ex­ with classics as sole remedy for ''dwell­
plaining selection, use. ing": Not sure which is worse. May be
Truly, surely are books--thousands! that too much culture in sudden doses
Plus microfilm library--even bigger. harmful to health; perhaps must build
Much deep stuff: classics. contempo­ up immunity progressively.
rary; comprehensive museum of man's And technical is worse. Thought I
finest works: words. canvas, 3-D and had good foundation in math, oasic sci­
multi-view reproductions of statuary. ences. Wrong-background good. con­
Also scientific: medical. dental, veter­ sidering age; but here hayen't found
inary, entomology. genetics, marine anything elementary enough to form
biology: engineering. electronics. phys­ opening wedge. Of course, haven't got­
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catalog, planned orderly approach to Problem with spirits serious business.
subjects of interest. ShaH; but for now. Body trapped far underground; emo­
can get almost as bored looking at horrid tional index substantially lower. Pros­
pictures of results of endocrine mis­ pects not good for body getting out
functions as by wading through classics. alive, but odds not improved by emo­
And am rationing fantasy. of course. tional state. Depression renders intelli­
Thousands of titles, but dasn't lose gent option assessment improbable. In
head. Speedreader, you know; breach present condition would likely overlook
discipline. weB runs dry in mat�er of ten good bets, flip coin over dregs. Sit­
days. uation probably not hopeless as seems.
Then found book on Pitman Short­ but lacking data, useful education.
hand. Changed everything. Told once specialized knowledge (and guts), can't
by unimpeachable source (Mrs. Hart­ fonn viable conclusion suggesting happy
man, Daddy's secretary and reception­ ending,. And lacking same, tend to as­
is}) was best, potentially fastest, most sume worst.
versatile of various pen systems. Also So journal not just for archeologists;
most difficult to learn well. (Footnote. is therapeutic. Catharsis: Spill guts on
concession to historical accuracy: Was paper, fee-l better. Must be
also her system; source possibly con­ true-psychQiogy text says s o (though
taminated by tinge of bias.) However, cautions is better to pay Ph. D.-equipped
seemed promising; offered challenge, voyeur week's salary per hour to listen.
frustration. Besides, pothook patterns However, none such included in shelter
quite pretty, art fonn of sorts. Hoped inventory; will have to make do).
would be entertaining. . First step: Bring journal up to date.
Was-for about two days. Then Never kept one: not conversant with
memory finished absorbing principles fonnat requirements, Right Thing To
of shorthand theory, guidelines for Do. Therefore will use own judgment.
briefing and phrasing; transferred same One thing certain: Sentence structure
to cortex--end of challenge. Tiresome throughout will have English teschers
being genius sometimes. spinning in graves (those fortunate
Well, even if no longer entertaining enough to have one).
for own sake, still useful, much more English 60 percent flab, null sym­
practical than longhand; ide
. al for keep­ bols, waste. Suspect massive ineffi­
ing journal, writing biography for ar­ ciency stems from subconsciously
cheologist.s . Probably not bother if recognized need to stall, give inferior
limited to longhand; too slow, cumber­ intellects chance to collect thoughts into
some. Effort involved would dull en­ semblance of coherence (usually with­
thusiasm (of which little present anyway), out success), and to show off (my $12-
wipe out paper supply in short order. word can lick your $10-word). Will not
Pitman fits entire life story on line and adhere to precedent; makes little sense
a half. (Of course, helps I had short to write shorthand, then cancel advan­
life---correction: Helps brevity; does tage by employment of r�hling aca­
nothing for spirits.) demese.

Emergence 15
Keep getting sidetracked into social other. showed it. Provided good envi­
criticism. Probably symptom of condi­ ronment for formative years. Then
tion. Stupid: all evidence says no so­ Momma died. Left just Daddy and me:
ciety left. Was saying: drew us very close. Wm. probably
First step: Bring journal up to present: shamelessly spoiled. but also stifled.
purge self of neuroses. sundry hangups. Barely five then. but wanted to
Then record daily orderly progress in learn-only Daddy had firm notions
study of situation. subscqu.:nt system­ concerning appropriate learning pace.
' .
atic (brilliant) self-extrication fro rn dire direction for . normal" upbringing. Did
straits. Benefits twofold: not approve of precocity: felt was un­
First. will wash. dry. fold. put away healthy. would lead to future malad­
psyche: restore mind to customary ge­ justment. unhappiness. Also paternalistic
nius: enhance prospects for successful sexist: had bad case of ingrown ster­
escape. subsequent survival. Second, eotypitis. Censored activities. reading:
will give archeologists details on cause dragged heels at slightest suggestion of
of untimely demise amidst confusing precocious behavior. atypical interests.
mass of artifacts in shelrer should an­ Momma disagreed: aided. indulged.
ticipated firsr benefit Jose rosy glow. With her help I learned to read by age
(Must confess solicitude for bone gro­ two; understood basic numerical rela­
pers forced: bones in question mine.') tionships by three: could add. subtract.
Enough maundering. Time to bear multiply. divide. Big help until she had
down. tlay soul for own good. Being to leave.
neurotic almost as tiresome as being So sneaked most of education. Had
genius. (Attention archeologists: Clear to-certainly not available in small­
room of impressionable yourhs and/or town classroom. Not difficult: devel­
mixed company-torrid details follow:) oped speedreading habit. could finish
Born I I years ago in small Wisconsin high school text in 10. 20 minutes: di­
town. only child of normal parents. gest typical best-seller in half. three­
Named Candidia Maria Smith: reduced quarter!> of hour. Haunted school. local
to Candy before ink dried on certificate. libraries every opportunity (visits only:
Early indications of atypicality: Eyes couldn•t bring choices home). But town
focused. tracked at birth; cause-effect small: exhausted obvious resources three
association evident by six weeks; first years ago. Have existed since on mca­
words at four months: sentences at six gcr fruits of covert operations in friends'
months. homes. bookstores. occasional raids on
Orphaned at ten months. Parents , neighboring towns· libraries. schools.
killed in car ac�ident. Of course not all such forays profitable:
No relatives-created dilemma for small-town resources tend to run same
baby-sitter. Solved when social worker direction: slowly. in circles. Catalogs
took charge. Was awfully cute baby: mostly shallow. duplicated: originality
adopted in record time. Jacking.
Doctor Foster and wife good parents: Frustrating. Made more so by knowl­
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brary rivaled volume count of local Fascinating man: could, would dis­
school. p_ublic libraries put togethednot cuss anything. But .wondered for a time
counting shelter collection. but didn't how managed as teacher; neve·r an­
know about that then)--and couldn't swered questions but with questions.
get halfway down first page of 95 per­ Seemed whenever 1 had question. ended
cent of contents. up doing own research. telling him an­
Daddy· pathologist: books imper­ swer. Took a while to catch on. longer
viously technical. So far over head. before truly appreciated: Had no interest
'couldn't even tell where gap lay (ask in teaching knowledge. factual infor­
cannibal fresh off plane from Amazon ·mation-taught learning. Difference
'
for analysis of educational deficiencies important: seldom understood. even
causing noncompre.hension of commer­ more rarely appreciated. Don't· doubt
cial banking structure). Texts dense: was reason for low retirement income.
assumed reader already possessing high­ Oh. almost forgot: Could split bricks
level competency. Sadly lacking in own with sidelong glance. wreak untold de­
case-result of conspiracy. So lan­ struction with. twitch of muscle. Any
guished, fed in dribbles as tireless pros­ muscle. Was Tenth Degree Master of
pecting uncovered new sources. Karate. Didn't know were such: thought
Single bright exception: Soo Kim ratings stopped at Eighth-and heard
McDivott. son of American missionary rumors they could walk on water. (But
in Boxer Rebellion days, product of doubt _Master Mac would bother. S�ould
early East-West alliance. Was 73 when need arise. would politely ask waters
retired. moved next door two years ago. to part-but more likely request a,ntic­
Apparently had been teacher whole life ipated, unnecessary.)
but never achieved tenure: tended to get Second day after moving in, Master
fired over views. Didn't appear to mind. was strolling down Main Street when
Strange old man. Gentle. soft-spo­ happened upon four young men. early
ken. very polite: small. seemed almost 20s. drunk. unkempt-Summer People
frail. Oriental tlavoring lent elf-like (sorTY:- my single ineradicable preju­
quality to wizened features: effect not dice)--engaged in self-expression at
reduced by mischief sparkling from Miller's Drugstore. Activities consisted
eyes. of inverting furniture. displays: dump­
Within two weeks became juvenile ing soda-fountain containers (milk.
activity focus for most of town. Cannot syrup. etc.) on floor; throwing mer­
speak for bulk of kids. but motivation chandise through display windows. Were
obvious in own case: Aside from in­ discussing also throwing Mr. Miller
trinsic personal warmth. knew every­ when Master Mac arrived on scene.
thing-and if exception turned up would Assessed situation: politely requested
gleefully drop everything. help find cease. desist. await authorities' arrival.
out-and had books. House undoubt­ Disbelieving onlookers closed. averted
edly in violation of Fire Code: often eyes: didn't want to watch expected car­
wondered how structural members took nage. Filthy Four dropped Mr. Miller.
load. converged on frail-looking old Chinese.

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Then all fell down, had subsequent dif­ doors, down street to Y. Already 1 5
ficul!y arising. Sitatuion remained static ahead o f us. equipped to stay puration.
until police arrived. Daddy common as old slipper: warm.
Filthies taken into custody. then to comfortable. folksy. But shared aspects
hospital. Attempted investigation of al­ with iceberg: Nine-tenths of brains not
tercation unrewarding: Too many eye­ evident in-everyday life. Knew was very
witness accounts-all contradictory. smart. of course. Implicit from job: pa­
disbelieving. unlikely. However. recur­ thologist knows everything any other
ring similarities in stories suggested si­ specialist does. plus own job. Ob�
multaneous stumble as Filthics reached viously not career for cretin-and was
for Master: then all fell. accumulating Rood pathologist. Renowned.
severe injuries therefrom: four broken But not show-off: was easy to forget:
jaws. two arms. two legs. two wrists: reminders few. far between. Scope,
two dislocated hips: two ruptured spleens. foresight, quick reactions. Command
Plus bruises in astonishing places. Presence demonstrated only in time of
Single point of unanimity-ask any­ need.
one: Master Mac never moved through­ Such occurred now: While I stood in
out. line with mouth open (and 20 more
Police took notes in visibly strained hopefuls piled up behind like Keystone
silence. Also took statement from Mas­ Cops), Daddy organized friends to bring
ter Mac. But of dubious help: Consisted chairs. cot. food, drink, warm clothing,
mostly of questions. blankets, rainproofs. etc. Took three
Following week YMCA announced minute�> on phone. Was impressed.
Master Mac to teach karate classes. Then astounded-spent whole night on
Resulted in near riot (by small-town sidewalk with me, splitting watches,
standards). Standing room only at reg­ trading off visits to Little Person· s room
istration: near fistfights over positions when need arose.
in line. Got "all choked up when he an­
Was 16th on list to start first classes nounced intention. Hugged him breath­
but deserve no credit for inclusion: less: told him Kismet had provided
Daddy's doing. Wanted badly- con­ beuer father than most workings of ge­
sidering sociological trends. self-de­ netic coincidence. Did not reply, but
fense skills looked ever more like got hugged back harder than usual:
required social graces for future sur­ caught glimpse of extra reflections in
vival-but hesitated to broach subject: corners of eyes from streetlight. Special
seemed probable conflict with ''normal night: full of warmth, feelings of be­
upbringing·· dictum. longing. togetherness.
So finally asked. S u r p r ise! After Daddy's magnificent contri­
Agreed-granted dispensation! Was still bution, effort to get me into class, felt
in shock when Daddy asked time. date slight pangs of guilt over my subsequent
of registration. Showed article in paper: misdirection. concealmenr of true n\o­
noon tomorrow. Looked thoughtful tivation. True. attended classes. worked
maybe five seconds: then rushed us out- hard: became. in fact. star pupil. But

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had to--star pupils qualified for private tressed Daddy. Poor dear could visu­
instruction-yup!-at Master's home. alize with professional exactitude
surrounded by what appeared to be 90 path
. ological consequences of attempt
percent of books in Creation. by untrained; knew just what each bone
Earned way though. Devoted great splinter would look like. where would
effort to maintain favored status; achieved be driven; which tendons torn from
Black Belt in ten months. state cham­ what insertions; which nerves destroyed
pionship {for age/weight group) six forever, etc. Had,wistful ambition I
months later. Was considered probable might follow into medicine; considered
national championship material. possi­ prospects bleak for applicant with de­
bly world. Enjoyed: great fun. terrific formed, calloused hammers dangling
physical conditioning. obvious poten­ from wrists.
tial value (ask Filthy Four). good for Needless concern; callouses unnec­
ego due to adulation over ever-length­ essary. With proper control, body de­
ening string of successes. capture of livers blow through normal hands without
state loving cup (ironic misnomer­ discomfort. damage. Is possible. of
contest was mock combat: ''killed'' course, to abuse nature to point where
seven opponents. "maimed" 22 others fingers, knuckles. edge of hands, etc .•

for life or longer). all turn t o flin1. but never seen outside
But purely incidental in no way dis­ exhibitions. Serves no purpose in prac­
tracted from main purpose: tice of art; regarded with disdain by se­
With aid of Master (addressed as rious student. Master alike.
Teacher away from dojo) had absorbed So much for happy memories.
equivalent of advanced high school ed­ Not long ago world sitvation took
ucation. some college by time world turn for worse. Considering character
ended: Math through calculus. chem­ of usual headlines when change began,
istry. beginnings of physics; good start outlook became downright grim. Daddy
011 college biology. life sciences--doing tried to hide concern but spent long
well. hours reading reports from Washington
Occasionally caught Teacher regard- . (appreciated for first time just how re­
ing me as hen puzzles over product of nowned was when saw whom from).
swan egg slipped into nest; making watching news; consulting variety of
notes ·in •'Tarzan File·' (unresolved fore.ign. domestic officials by
enigma: huge file, never explained; par­ phone.Seemed cheerful enough. but
tially concerned me, as achievements when thought I wasn't looking. mask
frequently resulted in entries, but was slipped .
36 inches thick before I entered pic­ Finally called me into study. Sat me
ture). but definitely approved-and his ·down; gave long, serious lecture on how
approval better for ego than state cup. bad things were. Made me lead through
Regarding which, had by then house. point out entrances to emergency
achieved Fifth Degree; could break chute leading down to shelter (dreadful
brick with edge of hand. knee, foot. But thing-200 foot vertical �rop in pitch
didn't after learned could. Prospect dis- dark, cushioned at bottom only by grad-

Emergence /9
ual curve as polished sides swing to my survival In The Event Of-and ob­
horizontal. enter shelter). Then insisted ject of concern scheming about contin­
we take plunge for practice. Although uing selfish pursuit of printed word.)
considered · · practice·· more likely to Tour. lecture ended. Endless spiral
induce psychic block. make subsequent staircase up tube. five feet in diameter
use impossib le-even in time of led back to comfortable world of small­
need-performed as requested. Not as town reality. Life resumed where inter­
bad as expected: terror index fell per­ rupted.
haps five percent short of anticipation. With exception: Was now alert for
But not fun. suitable opportunity to begin explora­
However, first time in shelter since tion of shelter.
age three. Scenic attractions quickly Not readily available. As Fifth was
distracted from momentary cardiac ar­ qualified assistant instructor at formal
rest incurred in transit. Concealed be­ classes: took up appreciable portion of
low modest small-town frame house of time. Much of rest devoted to own
unassuming doctor was Eighth Wonder study-both Art (wa.nted to attain Sixth:
of World. Shelter is three-story struc­ would have been youngest in world) and
ture carved from bedrock. 1 00 feet by academics. both under approving eye
50: five-eighths shelves. storage com­ of Master. Plus null time spent occu­
partments. Recognized microfilm viewer pying space i n grammar school class­
immediately: identical to one used at room, trying not to look too obviously
big hospital over in next county. Film bored while maintaining straight-A av­
storage file cabinets same. tm�nly erage (only amusement consisted of
occupied full length of two long walls. CC?rrecting teachers. textbooks-usually
plus four free-standing files ran almost involved digging up proof. confronta­
full length of room. Rest bookshelves. tions in principal's office). Plus sundry
as is whole of second tloor. Basement activities rounding out image of " 'nor­
.
seems mostly tools. machinery, instru­ mally well-rounded' 1 1 -year-old.
menration. But patience always rewarded. If of
Hardly heard basic l i fe-support func­ sufficient duration. Daddy called to
tion operation lecture: air regeneration. Washington: agreed was adult enough
waste reclamation. power production. to take care of self. house. Terry during
etc. Was all could do to look atten­ three days· expected absence. Managed
tive-books drew me like magnet. not to drool at prospect.
However. managed to keep head: paid Terry? True. didn't mention before.
sufficient attention to ask intelligent­ by name: just that had responsibility.
sounding questions. Actually learned Remember? First page. fourth para­
basics of how to work sheltcr·s vital graph. Pay attention-may spring quiz.
components . Terry is retarded, adoptive twin
. . . Because occurred to me: Could brother. Saw light of day virtually same
read undisturbed down here · if knew moment I emerged--or would have had
how to make habitable. (Feel bad about opened eyes. Early on showed more
that. too: here Daddy worried sick over promise than 1: Walked at nine weeks,

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first words at three months. could fly get to point of preferring nonchalant
at 14 weeks. Achieved fairly complex one-legged stance twin affected-toes
phrases by six months but never man­ deformed: stunted." too short for reliable
aged complete sentences. Peaked early grip). but subsequent step simply be­
but low. yond talents.
Not fair description. Actually Terry Suspect this phase of youth contrib­
is brilliant-for macaw. Also beautiful. uted to appearance of symptoms leading
Hyacinthine Macaw. known to low­ to early demise of Momma Foster. Re­
brows as Hyacinth. pseudo-intellectuals member clearly first time she entered
as Anodorhynchus hyacimhinus-tcrrible room. found us perched together on rail.
thing to say about sweet baby bird. Full furiously '"exercising wings. ' ' Viewed
name Terry D. Foster (initial stands for in retrospect. is amazing didn't expire
Dactyli). Length perhaps 36 inches (half on spot.
of which is tail feathers); basic color (Sounds cold. unfeeling; is not.
rich, glowing hyacinth blue (positively Momma given long advance notice:
electric in sunlight). with bright yellow knew almost to day when could expect
eye patches like clown. black feet and to leave. Prepared me with wisdom.
bill. Features permanently arranged in understanding, love. Saw departure as
jolly Alfred E. Newman. village-idiot unavoidable but wonderful opportunity.
smile. Diet is anything within reach. but adventure; stated was prepared to ac­
ideally consists of properly mixed seeds. cept. even excuse reasonable regret over
assorted fruits, nuts. sprinkling of meat. plans spoiled. things undone-but not
etc. grief. Compared grief over death of
Hobbies include getting head and friend to envy of friend's good fortune:
neck scratched (serious business. this). selfish reaction-feeling sorry for self.
art of conversation. destruction of world. not friend. Compared own going to tak­
Talent for latter avocation truly awe-in­ ing wonderful trip; · ·spoiled plans" to
spiring: 1 .500 pounds pressure avail­ giving up conflicting movie, picnic.
ab!� at business end of huge. hooked swim in lake. Besides. was given big
beak. Firmly believe if left Terry with respons i b i l i ty-charged me with
four-inch cube of solid tungsten car­ ·' looking after Daddy . · · Explained he
bide. would return in two hours to find had formed many elaborate plans in­
equivalent mass of metal du)>t. un­ volving three of us-many more than
dimmed enthusiasm. · she or I had. Would doubtless be ap­
Was really convinced were siblings preciably more disappointed. feel more
when very young. First deep childhood regret over inability to carry out. Would
trauma (not affected by loss of blood need love. understanding during period
parents: too young at time. too many it took him to reform plans around two
interesting things happening) induced remaining behind . Did such a job on me
by realization was built wrong. would that truly did not suffer loss, grief; just
never learn to fly. Had stubbornly mas­ missed her when gone, hoped was hav­
tered perching on playpen rail shortly ing good time.)
after began walking (though never did Awoke morning of Daddy"s trip to

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startling realization---didn't want him Then door of government-supplied.
to go. Didn't like prospect of being chauffeur-driven. police-escorted lim­
alone three days: didn't like idea of him ousine closed; vehicle made its long.
alone three days. Lay abed trying to black way down street. out of sight
resolve disquieting feeling . Or at least around corner.
identify. Could do neither; had never Spent morning at school. afternoon
forebode before. Subliminal sensation: teaching at Y. followed by own class
below conscious level but intrusive. with Master. Finally found self home.
Multiplied by substantial factor could now empty except Terry .(voicing dis­
be mistaken for fear-no. not fear. ex­ approval of day· s isolation at tOp of am­
actly; more like mindless. screaming ple lungs): Mrs. Hartman done for day.
terror. had gone home. Silenced twin by
But silly; nothing to be scared about. scratching head, transferring to shoul­
Mrs. Hartman could be working in of­ der (loves assisting with household
fice in front part of house during day; chores, but acceptance means about
house locked tight at night-with ad­ three times as much work as doing by
ditional security provided by certain self-requires everything done at arms'
distinctly non-small-town devices Daddy length, out of reach).
recently caused installed. Plus good Made supper, ate. gave Terry whole
neighbors on all sides, available through tablespoon of peanut butter as compen­
telephone right at bedside or single loud sation for boring day (expressed appre­
scream. ciation by crimping spoon double). Did
Besides, was I not Candy Smith-Fos­ dishes, cleaned house in aimless fash­
ter, State Champion, Scourge of Twelve­ ion; started over.
and-Under Clas�. second most danger­ Finally realized was dithering . en­
ous mortal within 200-mile radius? (By gaging in busywork; afraid to admit was
now knew details of Filthy Four's really home alone, actually had oppor­
"stumble," and doubt would have got­ tunity for unhindered investigation of
ten off so lightly had I been intercessor . ) shelter. Took hard look at conflict; de­
Was. So told feeling to shut up. cided was rooted in guilt over intent to
Washed, dressed, went down to break­ take advantage of Daddy's absence to
fast with Daddy and Terry. violate known wishes. Reminded self
Conduct during send-off admirable; that existence of violation hinged upon
performance qualific.d for finaJ.s in stiff­ accuracy of opinion concerning unvo­
upper-lip-of-year award contest. Merely calized desires; "known wishes'' ques­
gave big hug, kiss; cautioned stay out tion-begging terminology if ever was
of trouble iri capital, but if occurred, one. Also told self firmly analysis of
call me soonest-would come to rescue: guilt feeling same as elimination. Al­
split skulls. break bones. mess up ad­ most believed.
versaries something awful. Sentiment Impatiently stood, started toward
rewarded by lingering return hug, sim­ basement door. Terry recognized signs.
ilar caution about self during absence set up protest against prospect of eve­
(but expressed with more dignity). ning's abandonment. Sighed. went back,

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transferred to shoulder. Brother rubbed further education most rapidly from
head on cheek in gratitude. gently bit present point. cost no object. (Was giv­
end of nose. said, "You're so bad." in ing consideration to Daddy's ambition
relieved tones. Gagged slightly; peanut­ to see me become doctor; but regard­
butter breath from bird is rare treat. less. no education wasted : Knowledge
Descended long spiral stairs down worthwhile for own sake.) Didn't feel
tube to shelter. Ran through power-up should report discovery-would be
routine, activated systems. Then began breach of confidence-but could use
exploration. indirect approach. Not lie; just not men­
Proceeded slowly. Terry's Hrst time tion that any book suggested undoubt­
below; found entertaining. Said, "How edly available on moment's notice.
,.
'bout that! every ten seconds. Also Ought to fool him all of-ten seconds.
stretched neck. bobbed head. expressed Started toward switchboard to power­
passionate desire to sample every book down shelter. Hand touching first switch
as pulled from shelf. Sternly warned of i n sequence when row of red lights be­
brief future as giblet dressing if so much gan flashing, three large bells on wall
as touched single page. Apparently next to panel commenced deafening
thought prospect sounded fun , redou­ clangor. Snatched hand back as if from
bled efforts. But was used to idiot twin's hot stove; thought had activated burglar
antisociaJ behavior; spoiled fun almost alarm (if reaction' included thought at
without conscious thought as proceeded all). Feverish inspection of panel dis­
with exploration. closed no hint of such. but found switch
.
Soon reaJized random peeking use­ marked . Alarm Bells, North American
less; was in position of hungry kid Air Defense Command Alert. " Opened
dropped in middle Willy Wonka's quickly; relieved to note cessation of
Chocolate Factory: Too much choice. din. but lights continued flashing. Then,
Example: Whole cabinet next to micro­ as watched, second row, labeled, . . At­
film viewer was catalog! tack Detected, ' ' began flashing.
Three feet wide, eight high; drawers Problem with being genius is tend­
three feet deep, six inches wide (rows ency to think deep, mull hidden signif­
of six); ten titles per card (thin cards)--72 icance, overlook obvious. Retrieved
cubic feet of solid catalog. Terry (as usual, had gone for help at
Took breath away to contemplate. loud noise) . scratched head to
f'rrst
Also depressed; likelihood of mapping soothe nerves. Twin replied, "That's
orderly campaign to augment education bad!" several times; dug claws into
not good. Didn't know where to start: shoulder, flapped wings to show had
which books, films within present ca­ not really been scared. Requested settle
pacity; where to go from there . Only down. shut up; wished to contemplate
thing more tiresome than being re­ implications of board.
pressed genius· is being ignorant genius Impressive. Daddy must be truly
recognizing own status. high-closet VIP to rate such inside data
Decided to consult Teacher; try to get supplied to home shelter. As considered
him to list books he considered ideal to this. another row flashed on, this la-

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beled . " " R etaliation Initiated. · · Imag­ Only time stirred was to feed. water
ine-blow-by-blow nuclear war info Terry: use potty. Station on air yet. but
updates supplied to own home! Won­ manned only first three days.
derful to be so important. Amazing Was enough. told story: Mankind
man. And so modc.!st-all these year� eliminated. Radiation. man-made dis­
never let on. Wondered about real func­ ease. International quick-draw ended in
tion in government. With . such brains tie.
was probably head of super-secret spy Final voice on air weakly complained
bureau in charge of dozens of James situation didn't make scn�e: Was speak­
Bond types. ing from defen�e headquarters near
Don't know how long mindless rum­ Denver-miles underground. utterly
ination went on: finally something clicked bombproof. airtight: self-contained air.
in head: Attack? Retaliation? Hey . . . ! water-so why dying'? Why last alive
Bolted for steps. Terry dug in claws . in entire in�tallation? Didn't make
voiced protest over sudden movements. sense . . .
Stopped like statue. Daddy's voice. Agreed, but thought objection too
tinny . obviously recording: ""Red alert. limited in scope. Also wondered why
radiation detected. Level above danger we were still alive. Likewise didn't
limit. Shelter will seal in 30 seconds--29 . make sense.
28, 27 . . . ·· Swod frozen: listened as If invulnerability of NORAD head­
familiar voice delivered requiem for quarters-located just this side of E
arth· s
everything known and loved-including core under Cheyennc Mountain- prov­
probably self. Interrupted count once at ing ineffective. how come fancy sub­
1 5-second mark to repeat radiation cellar hidey-hole under house in small
warning. again at five seconds. town :-till keeping on:upants alive? And
Then came deep-toned humming: for how long? Figured had to be just
powerful motors slid blocks of con­ matter of time.
crete. steel. asbestos across top of stair­ Therefore became obsessed with wony
well . did same for emergency-entry over fate of retarded brother. \Vere safe
chute. Scaling process terminated with from radiation ( i t seemed). but plague
solidly mechanical clunks. thuds. Mo­ another mauer. Doubted would affect
tors whined in momentary overload as avian biochemistry: would kill me.
program ensured was tight. leave poor baby to starve. die of thirst.
Then truly alone. Stood staring at Agonized over dilemma for days. Fi­
nothing for long minutes. Did not know nally went downstairs: hoped might turn
when silent tears t?egan: noticed wet u p something in stores could use as
face when Terry sampled, found too Terry's Final Friend.
salty. Shook head: said softly . " " Poo­ Did. Found armory. Thought of what
oor bay-bee-cc . . . · · might have to do almost triggered ca­
Presently found self sitting in chair. tatonia: but knew twin's escape from
Radio on; could not remember turning suffering dependent on me. so mechan­
swi.t e h . locating CON ELRA_D fre­ ically went ahead with selection of shot­
quency. Just sat . listened to reports. gun. Found shells. loaded gun. Carried

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.
upstairs, p l ac'e�_'CJn table. Then waited feel better in morning. SusPect niay be·
for cue. right; do feel better.
Knew symptoms; various CONEL­ Okay. Tomorrow will get orga­
RAD voices had described own. those nized . . . !
of friends. Were six to syndrome. Order
in which appeared reported variable; Good morning. Posterity! Happy to
number present at onset of final uncon­ report I spent good night. Slept ;ts if
sciousness not. Four symptoms always;. already dead-first time since trouble
then fifth: period of extreme dizzi­ began. No dreams; if tossed, turned. did
ness--clue to beginning of final de­ so without noticing. Appears writer of
cline. Was important. critical to timing psychology text knew stuff (certainly
with regard to Terry. Desperately afraid should have: more letters following
might wait too long: condemn poor in­ name than in). Catharsis worked-at
competent to agonizing l�st days. And least would seem: felt good on waking.
aJrnost more afraid might react to false Wounds obvibusly not healed yet. but
alarm. proceed with euthanasia: then closed. A beginning-scabs on soul
fail to die-have to face scattered. much better than hcmorrhage.
blood-spattered feathers, headless body Situation unchanged: obviously not
of sweetest. jolliest. most devoted .. un­ happy about fact (if were would know
dcmandingly loving friend had ever had slipped .cams). but this morning can
known. look at Terry without bursting into tears;
Which was prospect if acted too can face possibility might have to speed
soon--intended to stand 20 feet away . birdbrained twin to Reward before own
blow off head while engrossed in peanut condition renders unable. Thought pro­
Butter. · Pellet expansion sufficient at duces entirely reasonable antipathy. sin­
that distance to ensure virtually instan­ cere hope will prove unnecessary-but
taneous vaporization of entire head. in­ nothing more.
stant kill before possibility of realization, Despairing paralysis gone: mind no
pain. Would rather suffer own dismem­ longer locked into hopeless inverse log­
berment. boiling in oil than see innocent arithmic spiral. following own tail around
baby suffer. know was me causing. ever-closer. all-enveloping fear of ugly
Thus. very important to judge own possibility.
condition accurately when plague sets Seems have regained practical out­
in. look held prior to Armageddon; i.e . •
Only hasn't yet. Been waiting three regard worry as wasteful. contra-pro­
weeks, paralyzcd with grief, fear. ap­ ductive if continued after recognition.
prehension. indecision. But such emo­ analysis of impending problem. cover­
tions wearysome when protracted; ing bases to extent resources permit.
eventually lose grip on victim. I think Endless bone-worrying not constructive
perhaps might have-particularly now exercise; if anything. diminishes odds
that journal up to date. catharsis fin­ for favorable outcome by limiting scope
ished. Book says therapy requires good of mind's operation, cuts down oppor­
night's sleep after spilling guts: then tunities fqr serendipity to lend hand.

Emergence 25
Besides. takes fun out' of Iife�specially four complete water changes to do job);
important when little enough to be had. then proper meal. clean clothes. Then
Time I rejoined world of living (pos­ get down to business. Time to find out
sibly not most apt choice of words-hope about contents of shelter-availability
do not find am in exclusive possession). of resources .relevant to problems.
First step: consider physical well-being. Be back later .
Have sadly neglected state of health past
three weeks: mostly just sat in chair. lay Apologies for delay. neglect. But
abed listening to airwaves hiss. have been so busy.'
And speaking of physical well­ Bath. resumption of proper nutrition
being-has just occurred: am ravenous! completed cure. Spirits restored: like­
Have nibbled intermittently without at­ wise determination. resourcefulness.
tention to frequency. content-mostly curiosity (intellectual variety: am not
when feeding. watering Terry. <Re­ snoop--rumors to contrary). Also re­
gardless of own condition. did not ne­ sumed exercises. drills (paid immediate
glect jovial imbecile during course of penalty f o r three-week neglect of
depression. Even cobbled up makeshift Art-first attempt at usual kata nearly
stand from chair. hardwood implement broke important places. left numerous
handle: found sturdy dishes, secured sore muscles.)
firmly to discourage potential hilarity. Have systematically charted shelter.
Granted, diet not ideal--canned vege­ Took pen. pad downstairs to stores.
tables. fruits, meat. etc.-but heard no took inventory. Then went through
complaints from clientele. and would bookshelves in slow, painstaking man­
be no doubt if existed: Dissatisfaction ner; recorded titles, locations of vol­
with offerings usually first indicated by umes applicable to problems. Project
throwing on floor; if prompt improve­ took best part of three days. Worth ef­
ment not forthcoming. abandons sub­ fort: variety, volume of equipment sim­
tlety.) ply awesome. Together with library
Have also noticed amfilthy.' Wearing probably represents everything neces­
same clothes came downstairs in three sary for singlehanded founding of bright
weeks ago. Neither garments nor un­ new civilization-from scratch. if nec­
derlying smelly germ farm exposed to essary. (Not keen on singlehanded part.
water. soap. deodorant since. (Can be however: sounds lonely. Besides. know
same fastidious Candy Smith-Foster nothing about Applied Parthogcnesis:
who insists upon shower. complete not merit badge topic in scouts. Only
change of clothing following any hint memory of subject's discussion con­
of physical exertion. contact with even cerned related research-was no-no:
potentially soiled environment? Re­ leader claimed caused myopia. acne.
grettably is.) And now that am in con­ nonspecific psychoses. Oh. well. con­
dition to notice-have! Self-respecting sidering age. prospects for achieving
maggot would take trade elsewhere. functional puberty. seems less than
So please excuse. Must rectify im­ pressing issue. )
mediately. Bath (probably take three. Speaking of pressing issues. how-

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ever-found food. Founder of. civili­ sive than bound c911ection), recording
zation will certainly eat well in interim. titles suggesting relevance to problems.
Must be five-year supply of frozen Grim prospect: 72 cubic feet holds
meat. fruit, fresh vegetables in deep­ · dreadful quantity of cards--each with
freeze locker adjoining lower level ten titles. Even considering own for­
(huge things-50 feet square). Stum­ midable reading speed. use of Pitman
bled upon by accident; door wasn't la­ for notes. seemed likely .project would
beled. Opened during routine exploration account for substantial slice of remain­
expecting just another bin. Light came ing lifespan--even assuming can count
on illuminating scenery-almost froze upon normal duration.
tip of nose admiring contents before re­ However. could see no other way:
alized w.� standing in 50-degree-be­ needed information. So took down first
low-zero draft. Also good news for drawer (from just below ceiling. of
Terry: Daddy anticipated presence; life­ course; but thoughtful Daddy provided
time supply of proper seed mix in corner rolling ladder as in public stacks)t set
bin. Will keep forever: too cold to hatch on table next to notepad. Sighed. took
inevitable weevil eggs. etc. out first card, scanned-stopped. looked
Actually haven't minded canned diet: again. Pulled out next 20. 30: checked
good variety available-but sure was quickly. Made unladylike observation
nice to drop mortally-peppered steak regarding own brains (genius. remem­
onto near-incandescent griddle, inhale ber?). Reflected (after exhausted self­
fumes as cooked: then cut with fork descriptive talents) had again underes­
while still bleeding inside charred ex­ timated Daddy.
terior. Of course had to fight Terry for Humble healer. gentle father was em­
share: may be something likes better. bodiment of patience-but had none
but doesn't come readily to mind. with unnecessary inefficiency. Ob­
Is regrettable this could be part of viously would have devised system to
Last Words; means must exercise hon­ locate specifics in such huge collection.
esty in setting down account. Bulk of Useless otherwise: researcher could spend
organized theologies I've read opine most of life looking for data instead of
dying with lie upon lips bodes ill for using.
direction of departure. Since can be no First 200 cards index of index. Al­
doubt of Terry's final Destination. must phabetically categorized . cross-refer­
keep own po,wer dry . Twin would be enced to numbered file locations. Pick
lonely if got There without me-besides, category, look up location in main file:
without watching would announce pres­ check main file for specific titles. au­
ence by eating pearls out of Gate. thors: find films from specific location'
So despite self-serving impulses. must number on individual card. Just like
record faithfully shameful details of fi­ downtown.
nal phase in monumental inventory: as­ So after settled feathers from self-in­
sault upon card file. Intended to make flected wounds (ten well-deserved lashes
painstaking. card-by-card inspection of with sharp tongue). got organized. Se­
microfilm catalog (vastly more exten- lected categories dealing with situation;

Emergence 27
referred to 'main index; decided upon spread. Then . special 'warheads---care­
specific films. books. Cautioned Terry fully spaced to irradiate every inch of
again about giblet shortage, dug out se­ target with critical wavelength-si­
lections. Settled down to become expert multaneously detonated at high altitude
i n nuclear warfare. viral genocide; con­ across whole country. Bombs dropping
struction details. complete operation of vertically from space remained unde­
shelter systems. tected until betrayed by flash--by which
Have done so. Now know exactly time too late: radiation front travels just
what happened. Every ugly detail. Know behind visible light. Not a window bro­
which fissionables used. half-life du­ ken but war already over: Everybody
rations: viral. bacterial agents em­ running for shelter already infected . in­
ployed: how deployed. how long remain fectious with at least one form of now­
vio.tble threats without suitable living activated . utterly lethal second-stage
host!>. Know what they used on us·-vicc plague. Two. three days later-all of
versa. Found Daddy's papers dealing them dead.
with secret life. Supp<)scd to be another file some­
Turns out was heavyweight govern­ place down here detailing frightful con­
ment consultant. Spccialty was count­ sequences to attackers: haven't found
ering biological warfare. Privy to highest yet. Only mention in this one suggests
secrets: knew all about baddest bugs on annihilation even surer. more complete
both sides. Knew how used. counter­ among bad guys-and included broken
measures most effective-personally windows.
responsible for development programs Tone of comment regretful . Not sure
aimed at wide-spectrum etiotropic can agree . True. most dead on both
counteragents. Also knew intimate de- � sides civilians-but are truly innocent?
tails of nuclear hardware poised on both Who permitted continuing rule by meg­
sides of face-off. Seems had to: radia­ alomaniacs? Granted. would have been
tion level often key factor: In many costly for populace to throw incumbent
cases benign virus. bacteria turned in­ rascals out. put own rascals in-but
stantaneously inimical upon exposure considering cost of failure in present
to critical wavelengths. Only difference light 0 0 •

between harmless tourist and pathogen: Must give thought before passing
Soothing counsel transmitted from pa­ judgment.
cific gene in DNA helix to cytoplasmi,lt Enough philosophy.
arsenal by radiation-vulnerable RNA Have learned own tactical situation
messenger. Enter energy particle flood. not bad. No radiation detectable on sur­
exit restraint: hello Attila the Germ. face. immediate area (instrumentation
Clever these mad scientists. in shelter: sensors upstairs on roof of
Undoubtedly how attack conducted­ house-part of TV antenna). Not sur­
explains. too. fall ofhermetically sealed pnsmg: According to thesis. nuclear
NORAD citadel. Entire country seeded stuff to be used almost exclusively as
over period of time with innocuous first­ catalyst for viral. bacterial· invaders.
stage organisms until sufficiently wide- Bursts completely clean-no fallout at

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all-high enough to preclude physical treble safety factor was good enough for
damage. Exception: Direct hits antici­ NASA. should be good enough for me.
pated on known ICBM silos. SAC (Of course theory includes words
bases . Polaris submarines. bomber-car­ "should be'' again. but must draw line
rying carriers. overseas instal­ somewhere . )
lations-and Washington . . . And can get out when ready. Easy:
Where Daddy went. Hope was quick. Just throw proper switches. All spelled
clean. out in detailed manual on shelter's sys­
Plague another question entirely. tems. operation. Nothing to it. Just pick
Daddy holds opinion infection of targe.t up book, read. After finding. After
country self-curing. No known strain in learning exists in first place. (Daddy
arsenals of either side capable of more could have reduced first three weeks'
than month's survival outside proper trauma had bothered to mention, point
culture media; i . e . , living human tissue out where kept--on other hand. had
(shudder to contemplate where. how learned how to get out prior to absorbing
media obtained for experimentation details on attack. would doubtless be
leading to conclusion). Odds very poor dead now.)
such available longer than two, three Makes fascinating reading. Shelter
days after initial attack; therefore should eloquent testimonial to wisdom of de­
be only another week before is safe to signer. Foresight. engineering brilli­
venture outside, see what remains of ance embodie9 in every detail. Plus
world. · H owever. wording. appalling amount of money. shameless
• · . . . should be . . . · · erodes confi­ level of political clout. Further I got into
.dence in prediction: implies incomplete manual. more impressed became. Is
data. guesswork-&mnb/e. Considering NORAD headquarters miniaturized,
stake involved is own highly regarded improved: hermetically sealed: air. water.
life. placing absolute reliance on stated wastes recycled: elaborate communi­
maximum contagion parameters not en­ cations equipment: sophisticated sen­
tirely shrewd policy. sory complex for radiation. electronics,
So shan't. Now that can get out detection. seismology. medicine. Power
whenever wish. no longer have such furnished by nuclear device about size
pressing need to; claustrophobic tend­ of Volkswagen--classified. of course
encies gone. Shelter quite eozy (con­ (talk about clout?). Don't know if
sidering): Dry. warm, plumbing. works; supposed to come on automati­
furniture; great food (brilliantly pre­ cally when municipal current fails. But
pared). safe water; good company. according to instruments am still run­
stimulating conversation ( "Hello, baby ! ning on outside power.
What'cha doin'? You're so bad! lcky Let's see-nope; seems to be about
pooh!' · ); plus endless supply of knowl­ everything for now. Will update journal
edge. Delay amidst such luxury seems as breathtaking developments transpire.
small price for improved odds. So will
inves� extra two months as insurance. Hi. One-month mark today. Breath­
Figure arbitrary; based on theory that less developments to date:

Emergence 29
I . Found stock of powdered milk: cial schedule. Went all out--even invited
awful. Okay in soup. chocolate. cook­ Terry (desperately relieved to find in­
ing. etc . . but alone tastes boiled. vitee able to squeeze event" into already
2. Discovered unplugged phone in busy whirl of commitments).
hitherto-unnoticed cabinet. Also found First class event: Made cake, fried
jack. Plugged in. found system still chicken thighs. broiled small steak;
working. Amused self by ringing phones even found ice cream . All turned out
about country-random area codes. well. Preferred steak. cake myself; ho­
number. But no answers. of course; and nored guest chose ice cream (to eye­
presently noticed tears streaming down brows). chicken bones (splits shafts.
face. Decided not emotionally healthy devours marrow-possibly favoritcst
practice. Discontinued. treat of all). No noisemakers in inven­
3. Employed carpentry tools. pieces tory (gross oversight). but assemblage
of existing makeshift accommodation combined efforts to compensate. At
to fabricate proper stand for brother. peak of revelry · birdbrain completed
Promptly demonstrated gratitude by chewing through perch. Was standing
chewing through-perch (which had not on end at time. of course; accepted
bothered for whole month!). Replaced downfall with pride. air of righteous
with thick. hardwood sledge handle; triumph. Then waddled purposefully in
sneered. dared him try again. Have direction of nearest chair leg. Had to
thereby gained temporary victory: Fiend move fast to dissuade.
immediately resumed game but a<:hiev­ Replaced perch.
ing little progress. Wish had stands Also have read 104 microfilmed
from upstairs in house. Are three. all books, regular volumes. Am possibly
1 1 years ol�still undamaged (of course. world's foremost living authority on
perches consist of hard-cured, smooth­ everything.
cast concrete�etail possibly relevant As if matters .
to longevity). Later.
Guess that's it for now. Watch this
space for further stirring details. Ever wanted something so bad could
almost taste, needed so long seemed
Two months-hard to believe not life's main ambition? Finally
millenia. Einstein correct: Time is rel­ got-wished hadn't?
ative. Hope doesn't get more so; prob­ You guessed: Three months
ably stop altogether. Have wondered u�finally!
occasionally if already hasn't. Went upstairs. outside. Stayed maybe
Not to imply boredom. Gracious. two hours. Wandered old haunts: fa­
how could be bored amidst unremitting miliar neighborhood . Main Street shop­
pressure from giddy round of social ac­ ping area. Quarry Lake Park . school,
tivities? For instance. just .threw gala Y. etc.
party to celebrate passing of second Should have quit sooner: would . had
month. Was smash. high point of en­ understood nature of penalty accruing.
tombment. sensation of sepulchral so- By time got back was already too late;

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trembling all over, tears running down But body not person-person gone.
face. Scabs all scraped from wounds; Resemblance only underscored ab­
worms awake. gnawing soul. In par­ sence.
lance of contemporaries-past: Was bad So too with village: Look quick. see
trip. no difference. Bears resemblance to
However, conditions outside arc fact contentedly industrious, unassuming .
of life , something must face. Must small farm town of happy childhood .
ovc;rcome reaction unless intend to Same tall. spreading trees shade same
spend balance of years simulating well­ narrow streets; well-kept, comfortably
read mole. Nature works slowly. meth­ ageless o.ld homes. Old-fashioned street
od� unesthetic; tidying up takes years. lights line Main Street's stocefront
Inescapable; must accept as-is; develop downtown business district, ubchanged
blind spot. immunitY . Meanwhile will for 50 years, fronting on classic village
just have to cope best I can with re­ ·� square. Hundred-year-old town!Ulip
sulting trauma each time crops up until building centered in square amidst col­
quits cropping. lection of heroic statues, World War
Well, coping ought to be no problem. One mementos, playground equipment;
Catharsis worked before, should again. brightly-painted, elevated gazebo for
But wish were some other way. No fun; public· speakers. Look other direction
hurts almost as much second timearound. down street, see own ivy-covered, red­
But works-and already learned cannot brick school at far end, just across from
function with psyche tied in knots. So Y . Next door, Teacher's house looks
time to quit stalling. "Sooner started, bright, friendly, inviting as ever in sum­
sooner done; sooner outside, having mer-afternoon sunshine.
fun. "-Anon. (Understandably.) B u t open door, step out onto
Only just can' t right now. Not in porch-illusion fades. Popular fallacy
mood; still hurting from initial trauma. attends mystique of small towns: Every­
Guess I'll go read some more. Or pound one knows are "quiet." Not so; plenty
something together with hammer. of noise, but right kind--<:omfortable,
Or apart. unnoticed.
Later. Until gone.
Silence is shock. Is wrong, but takes
Okay. Feel no better yet, but feel less whole minutes to analyze why wrong;
bad. Is time got on with therapy. identify anomalous sensation, missing
Suspect current problems compli­ input.
cated by deja vu. Still retain vivid men­ Strain ears for hint of familiar sound:
tal picture of body of Momma Foster Should be faint miasma of voices,
minutes after pronounced dead. Bore traffic sounds drifting up from direction
physical resemblance to warm, wise, of Main Street; chatter, squeals, laugh­
vital woman whose limitless interests, ter from schoolyard. Too, is truly small
avid curiosity, ready wonderment, hearty town, farmlands close at hand; should
enjoyment of existence had so enriched hear tractors chugging in fields, stock
early years. calling from pastures. Should catch fre-

Emergence 3/
qut!nt hollow mutter as distant semi sno­ consin summer does little to enhance
res down highway past town; occasional. cosmetic aspects of Nature's embalm­
barely-perceptible rumble from jet. vis­ ing methods: Sun. rain. insects. birds.
ible only as fleecy tracing against indigo probably dogs. too. have disposed of
sky. Should be all manner of familiar bulk of soft tis�ues. What remains is
�nuncb. skeletons ( mostly scattered. int·om­
Uut as well could be hean of Nnrth plctc. partially covered by semi-cured
\Vomb: sounds reaching. car limited to meat. some clothing). Doubtless woukl
insect noi,.,cs. bird calls. wind sighing have mummified completely by now in
through leaves. dry climate. but Wisconsin summers
Visual illusion fades quickly. too. aren't. At best. results unappealing: at
Knee-deep grass flourishes where had worst (first stumbled over in own front
been immaculately groomed yards; yard), dreadful shock.
straggJy new growth bcwhiskers hedges, . Yes. I know: should have anticipated.
i
softening previous mathematically-ex­ Possibly did, in distant, nonpersonally­
act outlines. Houses up and down street involved sort of way-but didn't expect
show first signs of neglect: Isolated bro­ to find three bodies within ten feet of
ken windows. doors standing open. own front door! Didn't expect to con­
missing shingles. Partially uprooted tree front dead neighbors within three min­
leans on Potter's house. cracking mor­ utes after left burrow . Didn't expect so
tar. crushing eaves. sagging roof. Street man_v! Thought most would be respect­
itself blocked by car abandoned at crazy ably tucked away indoors, perhaps in
angle: tire flat. rear window broken. bed. That's where I'd be. I think.
driver's door hanging open. Closer in­ Well. lived through initial shock. ,
spection shows Swenscns· pretty yel­ continued foray. Was not systematic
low-brick Cape Cod nothing but fire­ exploration: just wandered streets. let
gutted shell: roof mostly gone. few feet carry us at random . Didn't seem to
pa�es of glass remain. dirty smudge matter: same conditions everywhere.
marks above half-consumed doors and Peeked into houses. stores. cars: knocked
windows: nearby trees singed. on doors. hollered a lot.
And the .nn£'11 . . . ! Had not spent Wasn't until noticed twin digging in
last three months scaled in own atmos­ claws. flapping wings. protesting au­
phere . doubt could have remained in dibly that realized was running blindly.
vicinity. Still strong enough outside to screaming for somebody-anybody �
dislodge breakfast within moments of Stopped then. streaming tears. trem­
first encounter. And did. Happily. hu­ bling. panting (must have run some dis- .
man constitution can learn to tolerate tance): made desperate attempt to regain
almost unything if must. By time re­ semblance of control. Dropped where
turned to shelter. stench faded from stood. landed in lotus. Channeled
forefront of consciousness-had other thoughts into relaxation of body.
problems more pressing: achievement of physical serenity: hoped
Learned what knee-deep lawns con­ psyche would heed good example.
ceal. Three months' exposure to Wis- Did-sort of. Worked well enough,

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at least. to permit deliberate progress body else exposed to flash or air ex­
back to shelter. deliberate closing door. posed to flash or to anybody exposed
deliberate descent of stairs. deliberate to anybody. etc . • either at time of flash
placing of Terry on stand-all before or during subsequent month. anywhere
threw screaming fit. on planet. is dead . Period.
Discharged lots of tension in process. Shucks. Had me worried: thought for
amused Terry hugely. By end of per­ moment I had problem. Ought be plenty
formance fink sibling was emulating survivors; modern civilization replete
noises . Ended hysteria in laughter. with airtight refuges: nuclear subma­
Backwards. true. but effcctivc.- rines. hyperbaric chambers. space labs.
Recovered enough to make previous jet transports . . . clean assembly" facil­
journal entry . Granted. present (thera­ ities. many others (not to forget early­
peutic) entries beyond capacity at that model VW beetles . so long as windows
point: but after spent balance of day closed). Ought be m�ny survivors of
licking wounds. night's rest. was fit flash. initial contagion phase.
enough to make present update. dis­ But-loaded question-how many
charge residual pain onto paper. knew enough·: stayed tight throughout
Amazing stuff, therapy; still not ex­ required month? Or got lucky. couldn't
actly looking forward to going outside get out too soon despite best efforts? Or
again. but seem to have absorbed trauma with best intentions. had supplies. air
of dead-body/deserted-city shock; ad­ for duration? Or survived emotional
justed to prospect of facing again. ravages: resisted impulse to open win­
Forewarned. should be able to go about dow. take big. deliberate breath?
affairs. function effectively in spite of Could employ magnet to find needle
surroundings. in haystack: easy by comparison . Real
Which brings up entirely relevant problem is: Is needle in there m all?
question: Exactly what are my affairs. Well. never mind: leave for subcon­
functions . . . ? Now that am out. what scious to mull. Good track record here­
to do? Where to go? What to do when tofore; probably come up with solution.
get there? Why bother go at all? given time.
Okay. fair questions. Obviously prime Other, more immediate problems
objective is find Somebody Else. Pref­ confronting: For one. must think about
erably somebody knowing awful lot homestead. Can't spend balance of
about Civilizations. Founding & Main­ years living underground. Unhealthy:
tenance Of-to say nothing of where to leads to pallor. Besides . doubt is good
find next meal when supplies run out. for psyche; too many ghosts.
Certainly other survivors. Some­ Where-no problem for short term:
where. So must put together reasonable can live just about anywhere warm. dry.
plan of action based on logical exten­ Adequate food supplies available in
sion of available data. Sounds good-uh. shelter. stores. home pantries. etc . :
except. what is available data? same with clothing. sundry necessities.
Available data: Everybody exposed Can scavenge for years if so inclined.
to tlash. to air at time of flash. to any- However. · assuming residential ex-

34 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact .


clusivity continues (and must take pes­ intact. etc.: be equally nice to meet jolly
simistic view when planning). must red-dressed. white-bearded gentleman
eventually produce own food, necessi­ cruising down road in sleigh pulJed by
ties: become self-sufficient. Question reindeer.
is: Should start now or wait: hope won't
prove necessary? H i . again. Surprised to see me? Me
Not truly difficult decision: longer too. Thinking of changing name to Pau­
delayed. more difficult transition be­ line. serializing journal. Or maybe just
comes. Livestock factor alone demands stay home. take up needlepoint. Seems
prompt attention. Doubtless was big dJJring entombment character of neigh­
die-off over summer. Too stupid to · borhood changed; deteriorated . gotten
break out of farms. pastures. search for rough-literally gone to dogs. Stepped
.
water. feed. most perished- .domestic'' out of A & P right into--nope, this
synonym for "dependent." But of sur­ won't do. Better stick to chronology:
vivors. doubt one in thousand makes it otherwise sure to miss something. Might
through winter unaided. Means if plan even be important someday. So:
to farm. must round up. beginning in­ Awoke fully recovered-again (truly
ventory before weather changes. Also growing tired of yo-yo psychology).
means must have food. water. physical Since planned to be out full day. col­
accommodations ready for inductees lected small pile of equipment, provi­
beforehand. sions: canteen. jerky. dried apricots.
Means must have farm. bag of parrot mix: hammer. pry bar (in
However, logic dictates comman­ case forcible investigation indicated).
deering farm relatively nearby . Too Went upstairs. outside.
much of value in shelter: must maintain Retained breakfast by force of will
reasonable access. Availability of tools. until accustomed to aroma.
books. etc . . beneficial in coming proj­ Took bike fror; garage. rode down­
ect: provisioning. repairing fences , town <first ride in three months; almost
overhaul well-pumps. etc. deafened by twin's manic approval ).
Plus work needed to put house in After three months· neglect. tires a tad
shape for winter. Wisconsin seasons soft (ten-speed requires 85 pounds);
rough on structures; characteristic stopped at Oily's Standard. reintlated.
swayback rootlines usually not included And marveled: Utilities stitl on. com­
in builder's plan. zoning regulations . pressor. pumps. etc. . still working--even
After summer's neglect. buildings of bell still rang when rode across hose.
farm selected apt to need much Started to go on way: stopped-had
work-none of which am qualified to thought. Returned. bled air tanks as had
do. Expect will find remainder of sum­ seen Big Oily do. Had explained:
mer. fall highly educational. very busy. Compression. expansion of air in tanks
So perhaps should quit reflecting on " made water" through condensation:
plans. get move on. Best reconnoiter accumulation bad for equipment. Found
nearby farms. Be nice to find one with was starting to think in terms of pre­
buildings solid. wells pumping. fences serving everything potentialiy useful

emergence 35
against future need. (Hope doesn't de­ der so hard felt like claws met in
velop into full-blown neurosis; main­ middle. Dropped bike . spun.
taining whole world could cramp S i x dogs: Big. lean. hungry: visibly
schedule . ) exempt from · · Best Friend. . category .
Set about conducting check of above­ Given no time to consider strategy:
ground resources: Eyeball-inventoried moment discovered. pack abandoned
grocery stores. hardware. seed dealers: stealth . charged. Had barely time to toss
took ride down to rail depot . grain el­ twin into air. general direction of store
evators. Found supplies up everywhere: roof. wish Godspeed. Then became
highly satisfactory results. Apparently very busy.
business conducted as usual after !lash Had not fought in three months but
until first symptoms emerged. No evi­ continued kaw: was in good shape . For­
dence of looting; probably all too sick tunate.
to bother. First two ( S hepherd . Malamute) left
And since power still on. freezers in ground in formation . Doberman close
meat markets maintaining temperature; behind. Met Malamute (bigger of two)
quantity available probably triple that in air with clockwise spin-kick to lowcc
in shelter. If conditions similar in nearby mandible auachmcnt. Felt bones crunch.
towns. undoubtedly have lifetime sup­ saw without watching as big dog wind­
ply of everything--or until current stops. milled past . knocking Shepherd sprawl­
(Personally . am somewhat surprised ing. Took firm stance. drove forward
still working; summer thunderstorms front-fist blow under Doberman·s jaw .
habitually drop Iincs . blow transformers impacting high on chest . left of center.
t w i c e . three t i m e s a year-and Fist buried to wrist; felt scapula. cla­
u-'inrer . . . ! One good ice storm brings vicle. possibly also humerus crumble:
out candles for days: prime reason why attacker bounced five · feet backwards.
even new houses. designed with latest landed in tangle. Spun . side-kicked
heating systems . all have old-fashioned Shepherd behind ear as scrambled to
Franklin-type oil stoves in major rooms . rise: felt vertebrae give. Took fast step.
usually multiple fireplaces. Doubt will broke Malamute's neck with edge-hand
have electricity by spring.) chop. Spun again . jumped for Dober­
OH HELL! Beg pardon: unladylike man; broke neck before could rise.
outburst-but just realized: Bet every Glanced up . body coiling for further
single farm well in state electrically combinations-relaxed: remaining three
operated . I got troubles . . . ! had revised schedule: were halfway
Well . just one more problem for sub­ across parking lot.
conscious to worry about. Can't do any­ Looked wildly about for Terry; spot­
thing about it now-but must devote ted twin just putting on brakes for
serious thought. touchdown on shopping cart handle 20
Back to chronology: Emerged from feet away. Wondere<l.,what had been
A & P around ten: kicked u p stand. doing in interim; seemed could have
prepared1to swing leg over bike. Sud­ flown home . had dinner. returned to
denly Terry squawked. gripped shoul- watch outcome.

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Retrieved; lectured about stupidity. give thought to Emerson's Jeep, but
not following orders-suppose had been never had opportunity to check out UD­

flankers? Would have been lunch before der controlled conditions. Further. has
I got there. plethora of shift levers (three!). True.
Birdbrain accepted rebuke; nuzzled might be more capable vehicle. but
cheek in agreement. murmured . ' " You're sober reflection suggested unfamiliar
so icky-poo ! ' " advantages might prove trap: seemed
Gave up: continued sortie. simpler. more familiar toy offered bet­
Wondered briefly at own calmness. ter odds of getting back.
First blows ever struck in earnest: half­ Pedaled home quickly, keeping
way expected emotional side-effects. weather eye out for predators (can take
But none; only mild regret had not met hmt). Arrived without incident. Found
attackers under favorable circumstan­ key, established blithe sibling OD pas­
ces. Doberman in particul ar was beau­ senger's seatback: adjusted own seat for
tiful specimen. if could disregard four-foot-ten-inch stature, turned key.
gauntness. Results would 'taave warmed ad­
Decided, in view of events. might be writer's hea,rt: After standing idle three
best if continued explorations in less months. Beetle cranked industriously
vulnerable mode. Decided was time I about two seconds: started.
soloed. Had driven cars before, of Gauge showed better than three-quar­
course: country kids all learn vehicular ters full, but wanted to make sure:
operation basics soonest moment eyes lonely country road frequented by hun­
(augmented by cushions) clear dash­ gry dog packs wrong place to discover
board . feet reach pedals. faulty gauge . So backed gingerly down
Question of which c� to appropriate drive (ki'lled only twice). navigated cau­
gave pause . · Have no particular hang­ tiously to Oily's. Stuck in hose. got two
ups: familiar (for nondriver) with au­ gallons in before spit back. Beetle's
tomatics. three-. four-speed manuals . expression seemed to say. ' ' . . . told
etc. But would be poking nose down you so.·· as capped tank. hung up hose.
vestigial country roads. venturing up Went about tracking down suitable
driveways more accustomed (suitable) farm in workmanlike fashion. for be­
to passage of tractor. horses: squeezing ginner. Picked up area USGS Section
in. out of tight places: doubtless trying Map from Sheriff's office . Methodi­
hard to get very stuck. Granted. had cally plotted progress as went: avoided
been relatively dry recently:- ground circling. repetition . . Drove 150 miles;
firm most places. but---considering po­ visited 30. 35 farms: marked off on map
tential operating conditions. physical as left, graded on one-to-ten basis.
demands . . . Were many nice. places; some could
·

Would take Daddy's old VW. Happy make do in pinch. But none rated above
selection: Answered physical criteria seven: nothing rang bell until almost
(maneuverable, good traction. �eliable. dark.
etc . ) ; besides. had already driven-for Found self at terminus of cowpath
sure could reach pedals. see out. Did road. Had wound through patchy woods,

Emergence 37
hills; felt must go somewhere so per­ loops through all pastures. Perimeter
severed to end, where found mailbox. fence intact; strong. heavy-gauge, small­
driveway. Turned in; shortly encoun­ mesh fabric . Probably not entirely dog­
tered closed gate. Opened. drove proof. but highly resistant; with slight
through; resecured. Followed drive additional work should be adequate .
through woods. over small rise. out into Contents of silos. cribs, loft product
clearing, farmyard. Stopped abruptly. of season's first planting; second crop
Knew at once was home . . . still in fields-primary reason stock
To right stood pretty, almost new, alive. healthy. Internal gates open
red-brick house: to left. brand-new. throughout; allowed access to water.
modem steel barn. hen house: two silos varied grazing (including nibbling mi­
(one new). three corn cribs-all fulL nor leakages from cribs. silos). Beasties
Got out. walked slowly around house. spent summer literally eating "fat of
..
mouth open, heart pounding. No broken land ; look it.
windows, doors closed. shingles all in Besides five sheep are nine cows (two
place-grass cut! For glorious moment calves. one a bull) . two mares. one
heart stopped altogether: thought had gelding. sundry poultry (rooster. two
stumbled on nest of survivors. Then dozen chickens. motley half dozen
rounded corner. bumped into grounds­ ducks. geese). No pigs. but no tears:
keepers-sheep. don't like pigs, not wild about pork
Owners quite dead. Found remains either.
of man in chair on porch. Apparently From evidence, losses over summer
spent last conscious moments retlecting low: Found only two carcasses: two
upon happy memories. Picture album cows, one horse . Bones not scattered.
in lap suggested four impromptu graves dou�t caused by dogs; more likely dis­
short distance from house were wife. ease, injury. stupidity-salient charac­
three children; markers confirmed. Fine teristic of domestic ruminants: Given
looking people: faces showed confi­ opportunity. will gorge on no-no. pay
dence. contentment. love: condition of dearly later.
farm corroborated. evidenced care. pride. Wandered grounds. poked through
Grew misty-eyed looking through buildings until light gone. Found good
album. Resolved to operate farm in news everywhere looked. Nothing I ·
manner founders would approve. Had can't use as is, put right with minor
handed me virtual ' ' turn-key" home­ work.
stead: immeasurably advanced sched­ Clocked distance on return: 1 7 miles
ule. boosted odds for self-sufficiency. by road. Not too bad; can walk if nec­
survival. Least I could do in return. essary-should breakdown occur while
Farm nestles snugly in valley amidst commuting-but perhaps wiser to hang
gently rolling. wooded countryside. bike on bumper. Still, machines can't
Clean, cold. fast-running brook mean­ last forever: only matter of time before
ders generally through middle. passes forced back to horseback technology.
within hundred yards of house; and by Will still have occasion to visit shelter
clever fence placement. zigs. zags. or often. Map shows straightline distance

38 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


only nine miles; guess better learn bull­ half cube per bucket, assuming husky
doaer operation, add road-building to lad carrying doubles. 15 minute round
skills. (Goodness--future promises such trips, that's 32 cubic feet every eight
varied experiences; may vary me to hours. Would take ten-man crew 625
death . . . ) days--not counting down time due to
Was late when finally got back to heart attacks, hernias, fallen arches . . .
shelter. tired but glowing all over at And what about heavy stuff? Doubt
prospect. Can hardly wait for morning, nuclear generator carried down by
start packing, moving in; start of new hand-must weigh couple tons.
life. Okay. Obviously done some other
Demented twin shares view; hardly way. But how? Oh-shelter manual;
shut up whole time were at farm. Or had forgotten. Thumbed through quickly,
since. Lectured stock, dictated to poul­ found answer; elevator! Of course.
try, narrated inspection tour throughout. Missed significance of small, odd­
Hardly took time out for snack, drink. shaped, empty storeroom during first
Must be country boy at heart. So ur­ inspection. Other things on mind; didn't
bane, never suspected. notice controls.
Hey-am really tired! Balance of day much easier. Still
Good night. tired tonight but not basket case.
Tomorrow is another day . . . !
Oh! Hurt places didn't even know I
had. Suspect must have come into being STOP THE PRESSES! Strike the front
just for occasion. page! Scoop! I' m not me-I' m some­
Six trips to fann . Count 'em. thing else. No--we're not us-no--oh.
Light failed just before self. Packing bother; not making any sense. But can't
stuff from house no problem: Eight, ten help it; hard to organize thought-so
trips to car; all done. Stuff in shelter is DAMNED excited . . . ! Will try, must
rub. Aye. try. Otherwise will end up leaving out
Two hundred feet straight up. arms best parts, most important stuff. Then,
loaded. Repeatedly. by time get feathers settled. blood pres­
· Must be better way. sure reduced. will have forgotten every­
Good night. thing! Oh, must stop this blithering!
Must get back to chronology. So . . .
· This is embarrassing; guess is time Deep breath . . . release slow-oo-ow­
quit posing as genius. Proof in pudding. ly . . . heart slowed to normal . physi­
What matter 200-plus IQ if actions com­ cal tranquility . . . serenity . . . ohm­
patible with mobile vegetable? m-m . . .
Occurred this morning to ponder Amazing. worked again.
(after third trip up strairs) how exca­ Okay. resumed packing this morn­
vated mat�?rial removed during con­ ing. Took two loads over, returned for
struction. Hand-carried in buckets? third. Finished; everything in car, at
Counting stairwell, material involved farm that felt would need. But still fidg­
amounts to 200,000 cubic feet plus. At eting; couldn't decide why. No question

Emergence 39
of something forgotten; farm only short several learned men familiar with
drive away . omission not crisis. your situation, among them Dr.
Finally recognized source of un­ Foster and myse(l: that you 1d//
scrat<:hahle itch: Was time I did duty . survive the plague to find and
Had avoided at first; knew couldn't face read this. The viral complex em­
prospect. Then got so busy. slipped ployed by the enemy cannot harm
mind. But now remembered: Soo Kim you, we know: it was created as
McDivott. i·eacher. Friend. a specific against Homo sapiens.
To friend falls duty of seeing to final Almost dropped letter. Surely re-
resting place. quired no genius to note implications.
Generally inured now to face of death Took deep breath . read on:
per se: unaffected last few days by myr­ I know. my child. that that
iad corpses have stepped over during swtement must sound like the
course of running errands. Had no prob­ ramblings of an old man in ex­
lem. for instance. removing Mr. Har­ tremis . . .
alsen from porch to proper place beside
wife. children; even finished job with Ramble? Teacher? Ha! True. was
warm feeling inside. ( Suspect original old; condition intrinsic to amount of
trauma caused by sudden shock of water over dam--of which lots (all
events; enormity. completeness of iso­ deep . too). Probably also in extremis;
lation. ) Condition improved now; felt lot of that going around when wrote
could perform final service for old this. But ramble? Teacher? Comes the
friend-more. felt need to. day Teacher rambles . Old Nick an­
. Went next door. looked for body. nounces cooling trend. New Deal. takes
Checked entire house: upstairs. down­ up post as skiing instructor on glorious
stairs. basement--even stuck head in powder slopes of Alternate Destination.
attic. I ramble; Teacher's every word precise.
Finally returned to library. Teacher correct.
had used as study; desk located there. Precise. correct letter went on:
most of favorite dog-eared references . . . but please. before forming
close at hand. Hoped might find clue an opinion. humor me to the ex­
regarding whereabouts amidst clutter. tell! of reading the balance of this
First thing to catch was • 'Tarzan letter and reviewing the support­
File" standing on desk. Large envelope ing evidence which documents 25
taped to top, printing on face . Glanced years of painstaking investiga­
at wording. Blood froze. tion by me and other.
Was addressed to me! Note that of 1,284 incidents
Pulled loose. opened with suddenly wherein wild animals of varying
shaking fingers. Teacher's meticulous descriptions ' 'adopted' ' human
script. legible. beautiful as Jefferson's children, none (with the excep­
on Declaration, read: tion of the very youngest-those
Dearest Candidia, recovered from the wild below
/t is the considered opinion of age three) developed signifi-

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cantly beyond the adoptive par­ son) in such a manner as to pre­
ents. They could not be taught to vent his development from
communicate: they evinced no exceeding their own attainments:
abstract reasoning: they could and if such efforts took place, to
not be educated. IQ testing, where what extent the child would in
applicable. produced results in­ fact be limited.
distinguishablefrom similar tests Then followed narrative of early
performed on random members stages of investigation. solo at first, but
of the "parents" species. Fur­ producing preliminary findings so start­
ther, except for the 2 9 cases ling that shortly was directing efforts of
where the adoptive parents were brilliant group of associates (including
of a species possessing rudimen­ Daddy!), whole project funded by bot­
tary hands (apes. monkeys, the tomless government grant. Object of
two racoon incidents; to a lesser search: reliable clues, indicators upon
degree the badger and the wov­ which testing program could be based
erine), the children possessed no . enabling, identification of gifted chil­
awareness of the concept of dren (potential geniuses) shortly after
grasping, nor did it prove pos­ birth. before retardation (if such truly
sible to teach them any manual existed) began operation.
skills whatever. Efforts rewarded: Various factors
Finally. most authorities (note pinpointed which. encountered as group.
the citations in thefile) are agreed were intrinsic to geneticaJiy superior
that Man is born devoid of in­ children. Whereupon study shifted to
,
stincts, save (a point still in con­ second phase. As fast as . .positives.
tention) suckling; therefore, unlike found, identified, were assigned to
lesser animt�ls, humtln develop­ study group. Were four:
ment is entirely dependent upon AA (positive/advantaged), poten­
learning and, therefore, environ­ tially gifted kids whose parents were in
ment. on experiment; guided. subsidized. as­
This principle was deeply im­ sisted every way possible to provide
pressed upon me during the years optimum environment for learning, de­
I spent studying a number of velopment. AB (positive/nonad­
these children; and it occurred vantaged), potential geniuses whose
to me to wonder what effect this parents weren't let in on secret; would
mechanism might have within have to bloom di- wither, depending on
human society-whether average qualities of vine. BA (negative/ advan­
parents, for instance, upon pro­ taged), ordinary babies, random selec­
ducing a child possessing mark­ tion, whose parents were encouraged
edly superior genetic potential, (for which read . .conned") to think off­
might raise such a child (whether spring were geniuses; aJso received ben­
through ignorance, unconscious efit of AA-type parental coaching (and
resentment or envy, deliberate coaches didn't know whether were deal­
malice. or some unknown rea- ing with AA. or BA parents), financiaJ

Emergence 41
assistance. And BB ( ne g a t i v e / been sick from any cause . while
,nonadvantaged) . control group: ordi­ the balance had had the usual
nary babies raised ordinary w a y . random selection l?{ childhood
Whatever that is. illn<•sses. l t wa.�· also determint•d
As expected. AAs did well in school: that these unfailingly healthy
average progress tripled national norm. positil·es were far and away the
Further. personality developmcm also highest group c?( adtie1·er.v in tlte
remarkable: AA kids almost offensively AA group and con.wirurecl rite
well-adjusted: happy. well-integrated best. 11·orsr. and most malad­
personalities. BAs did well. too. but ju.wed <?l rlze AB group .
beat national figures by only 1 5 percent. At that time study blessed by con­
Were also generally happy . but isolated venient tragedy: healthy child died in
individuals demonstrated symptoms traffic accidcm. Body secured for au­
suggesting· insecurity: perhaps being topsy.
pushed close to. even beyond capabil­ £1·er
y organ was examined
ities. minutely. every tissue sample
ABs also produced spotty results: was scrutinized micru�·copically
Goods very good. equating AA figures and chemically. and chromo­
in certain cases: however. bads very· some examination was per­
bad: ABs had highest proportion of ac­ formed. Ever
y test known to the
ademic failures. behavioral problems, science of pathology was per­
perceptibly madadjusted personalities. formed. most three, four, and
BBs, of course . showed no variation five times. because no one was
at all from national curves: were just willing tC? believe the results.
kids. And thereafter, quickly and by
Study progressed cozily: all contem various subterfuge.�·. complete
as confirming evidence of own clever­ physicals. including x-rays. and
ness emerged from statistical analysis . biopsy samples of blood. bone.
continued to accumulate (Teacher. in skin, hair, and a numb£•r of or­
particular. basking in glow emanating gans were obtained from the .fit/I
from vindication of theory). when sud­ test group and compared.
denly Joker popped from deck; The di.fferences between
it became obvious th<U AA and · 'healthy' · positives and the bal­
AB children lm·t vastly less time ance proved uniform throu�hour
from school throu�h illness. Fur­ the sample, and were unmiswk­
ther breakdo-.wr. however. showed able to cm anthropologist . . .
that approximately one third of Shock upon shock: Folksy. humble .
the positives had never lost any simple Teacher was Ph.D.-three times
rime. while rhe balance had at­ over! Was physician Cdoublc­
tendance records indistinguish­ barreled--pediatrician. psychiatrist) plus
able .fi·om the norm. Detailed anthropologist. Predictably. renowned
per.wnal inquiry• revealed that in all three--qualities leading to Tenth
these particular children had never Degree not confined to Art.

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bur none of themselves were le\•els of sensirivi0� than in hu­
of tl churacrer to attract th(( IIO· mans.. We have no data upon
rice of a physician nor spedfi· 1\'hich to base even a guess as to
cally and methodically humin�: the magnitude. but all evidence
for an unknown · 'common de­ points rowtlrd a substantially
nominator. lHillg mass sam­ longer lifespan.
pling techniques and a \'t'r_\' open A stm�v was begun immedi­
mind: nor would they attract IIO· ately. a search for clues which
tice by l{f
f ecring the outcome f�l might help to explain this phe­
any known medical test or pro­ nomenon of uniformly mutated
cedure. The single most dramatic children being born to otherwise
diJlerence is the undi.\putedfact. normal, healthy human couples.
still unexplained, that ' 'healthy ' ' And these couples were normal:
positives are totally immune to To the limits of our clinical ca­
the full spectrum of human dis­ pabilities to tletermine. they were
ease. indistingui.,·lwble from any other
Differences proved independent of Homo sapiens.
ra�e. sex: Makeup of AA. AB "healthy" However. it was only very re­
kids 52 percent female; half Caucasoid. cently. after yeurs of the most
one third Negroid. balance apportioned exhaustive background investi­
between Oriental, Hispanic, Indian, gation and analysis. that a pos­
other unidentifiable fractions. Break­ sible link was noticed. It was an
down matched precisely population area obvious connection, but so re­
from which emerged. moved in time that we almost
The conclusion is indisputa­ missed its significance. due to the
ble: Although clearly of the genus usual scientific tendency to probe
Homo. AA and AB ' 'healthy ' · for the abstruse while ignoring
children are not human beings; the commonplace.
they are a species distinct .unto The grandmothers of these
themselves. children . were all of a !iimilar
Quire aside from the obvious age. born within a two-year span:
aspect of immunity and the less All were conceived during the
obvious anatomical chtlracteris­ rampage of the great influenZ(l
tics which identify them. these pandem_ic of /918-19.
children possess clear physical This ' 'coincidence' ' fairly
superiority pver Homo sapiens shouts its implications: Sweeping
children of like size and weight. genetic recombination. due to
They are stronger, faster. more specif
ic viral invasion. ll./j'ecting
resistant to trauma. and dem­ either of the-gametes before . or
onstrate markedly q�:�icker reflex­ both during . formation of the
ive responses. Visual, aural, and zygotes which became the grand­
olfactory functions operate over mothers. creating in each half of
a broader range and at higher the matrix which fitted together

Emergence 43
two generations later to bec·01ne involved in the. study itself. Your
the AA and AB · 'healthy ' · chil­ idenlific:ation and inclusion in
dren . our sample came about late and
Personally I have no doubt through rather inl•olved and
that thi.,· is the explanation ; how­ amusing circumstance's.
<.'l'er. so recently ha.,· this infor­ The Fosters, as you know. had
mation come to light. that we long desired a child and had
ha1·e not had time to swdy the known equ ally long that they
que.�tion in detail. And suspect­ could never htn·e one. When your
ing that something may be IW/ural parent.v died. it was en­
true-even a pn�lmmd inner con­ tirely predictable thlll they lost
l'iction-is not the same as prol'­ 110 time securinR your adoption
inR it. I hope you ll'i/1 one day (which is certain ly understand­
have the opportunity to add this able: you were a most winning
tJuestion to your own studie.\'. lt baby) .
needs tm.n1·erinR . Neither Daddy nor rest of staff thought
A./ier much re,flection we named to have me tested; had been exposed to
this new _,pecies Homo post hom­ ten months' . . unmonitored parentage"':
inem. meaning 'Man Who Fol­ was "compromised subject. .. Besides.
loll's Man . · for it would appear Daddy wasn't interested in studying me;
.
that this mutation is evolutionary wanted to enjoy raising .. his little girl. .
in character: and that. given time Professional competence crumbled be­
and assuming it breeds true (there fore gush of atavistic paternalism. Most
is 110 reason to .\·uspect other­ reprehensible.
\t'ise-in fact. chromosome ex­ Momma disagreed; felt determina­
amination suggests tlwt the tion of potential would provide useful
mutationis dominam: i . e . . a sap-. child-rearing information. In keeping
ienslhominem pairingshould un­ with formula long established for main­
failing(\' produce a hominem) it taining smooth marriage, kept disagree­
will entirely supplant Homo sap­ ment to self; however, took steps:
iens. Prevailed upon staff to test me-all un­
\Yonderful thing. the human nervous beknownst Daddy .
system; accustoms quickly to mortal Tests proved positive, but follow-up
shocks. Didn't even twitch as other shoe determination as to "healthy" status
landed�r perhaps had anticipated from not performed--didn't occur to disci­
buildup; just wondering how would be pline-blindered scientists, and Momma
worded: didn't know any better so didn't insist.
Very nice; no fanfare, just matter-of­ You were a genius: she was
fact statement: content. And she there'!pon took
You, my child are a Homo post it upon herself to see tluzt you
hominem. You are considerably were raised in the same ' 'advan­
younger than your fellows among taged' ' manner as the rest of the
the study group, and were never AAs-with the exception of the

44 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


fact that the doctor did not know occasion: utterly deadpan.
this was taking place. He contin­ it was only after the tests (per­
ued to enjoy his · ' daddy' s little formed fully this time) identified
girl ' ' as before. prating endlessly you as lt Homo post hominem;
about the advantages of ·'sugar after the doctor had d(tfidemly
.
and :�pice, . etc. And as for the broached this fact to Mrs. Foster
rest of us. after swearing each and she, giggling helpless(y .
other to secrecy about your. te!it confessed to him and. finally, we
results and our involvement, we also came clean. thatfurther test­
forgot you. You were. after a/[. ing demonstrated that you were
a ' 'compromised subject. ' · substantially more advanced in
Was almost five when next came to intellectual developmem than the
their attention. Had soured "sugar and profile developed by our studies
spice" by glancing up. commenting liv­ suggested you should be at that
ing room wall '· . . . looks awful hot. · ' age.
Was, too-result of electrical fault. How nice. Even as superkid can't be
Would have burned down house shortly. normal: still genius. Is no justice.
Remember incident clearly. Not that Detailed analysis of this phe­
caused any particular. immediate fuss. nomenon brought forth two un­
but Daddy spent balance of evening assessablefactors: One. you had
trying not to show was staring at me. experienced ten months of un­
The doctor had spent much monitored BB paren;age; and
time during the previous .few two, your subsequeiu upbringing
years obsen1ing children whose had been AA from your mother
visual preception extended imo but BB from your father. Since
the infrared and ultraviolet; and we could neither analyze nor af­
as shortly thereafter as possible. fect the first of these. we chose
without letting Mrs. Foster know. to continue the secondfactor un­
he had you examined and tested. altered. observing you closely
Oho! Finally--explanation what trig­ and hoping that in some way,
gered Daddy's reaction that day-and then unknown, the whipsaw com­
of friends' inexplicable night-blindness. bination of indulgent spoiling
even during summer. Of course, could and accelerated. motivational
understand difficulty seeing at night education you had received to
during winter; is dark outside on cold this point would continue to pro­
night. Only perceptible glow comes duce these outstanding results.
from faces, hands; and after short ex­
posure to cold, cheeks, noses dim per­ Momma's death terminated experi­
ceptibly. ment; but before she left, made Teacher
And remember also that testing ses­ promise would take over overt manage­
sion. Salient feature was expressions of ment of education, keep pushing me
other staff as repeated tests done on hard as would accept while Daddy (ap­
previous (conspicuously unmentioned) parently) continued classic BB father

Emergence 45
role. Momma fel t hunger for knowledge behind the Iron Curtain put an
already implanted; abetted by Daddy's end to all such research. you
careful negative psychology. seeding of were-for your age-quite the
environment with selected books (Ha! most advanced of our hominems.
Always suspected something fishy about IfI seem to harp on that poiflf.
circumstances surrounding steady dis­ it is because you must remember
covery of wanted, needed study mat­ that this study was initiated some
erials. always just in time, just as 20 years ago. You are ten years
finishing previous volume-not com­ younger th<m the next youngest
plaining; just wish planting had gone in our group; cmd as advcmced
faster), would carry on through interim as you are for your age. you still
without lost momentum. Was right. have consitlerable catching up to
too--but now know how puppet must do--see that you keep at it.
feel when wires too thin to discern. Yes. I know: the exigencies of
Phase Two of scheme hit snag. though: solo survival will occupy much
was not anticipated would take four of your rime. bur do not neglect
years for Teacher to extricate self from your studies entirely. Cur back
complications attendant profession(s). if you must. bur do not terminate
' 'retire . ' ' them.
Forwnately the delay ap­ No�v. if I may presume to ad­
fJl'ared to he without conse­ vise a singularly gifted member
quences. Mrs. Foster's opinion of an advanced species. there is
o(you was borne out; Dr. Foster security and comfort in numbers.
reported that you located ever
y You will doubtless find the pres­
hook he planted-and nor a. few ervation and extension of knowl­
that he didn't. He said it was edge more convenient once a
rarely necessar
y to "steer" you: group of you have been assem­
that you were quite .�elf-mori­ bled. Within the body of the Tar­
vmed, distinctly tenacious. and zan File you will find a complete
could be quite devious when it listing of known Homo po.\'1 hom­
came to tracking down knowl­ inems. I can anticipate 110 Logical
edge in spite of the "barriers" reason why mosr should not be
he placed in your way. alive and in good health.
By the time I managed to del­ Pawed through file with shaking
egate all my other responsibili­ hands. Found listing referred to: collec­
ties to my successors and devote tion of mini-dossiers. One had small
my entire auenrion to you . your note attached. Read:
adl'alllaf:e o1·er other AAs had Dear Candy.
increased impressively. There l t is now almost rime for me
were only a 1·ery few incli\'idual:; to leave. and a number of thiltRS
showing anywhere near as much .vti/1 remain tmdont'. so I mu.w be
promi.\·e. And by the time rhe brief.
blunderings <J( our late friends The subjecr of this dossier.

46 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


Peter Bell, is the direct, almost Cautioned that, based on (terribly
line-bred descendant of Alex­ loose) extrapolation of known data.
ander Graham Bell (would that should be perhaps 150,000 of us on
I could have tested him). A meas­ North American continent-but vir­
ure of his imellect is the fact that tually llll must be considered ABs. re­
he. alone of our hominems. de­ plete with implications: High proportion
duced rhe existence and purpose of maladjusteds, discontents, rebels,
of our study. the implications re­ borderline (or worse after shock of de­
garding himself. and most of the population) psychotics, plus occasional
characteristics of his and your genius. Plus rare occurences of surviv­
species. ing Homo sapiens.
To him, not long .ago. I con­ Teacher suggested moving very de­
fided your existence. as well as liberately when meeting strangers:
my impressions ofyour potential. Evaluate carefully, rapidly, selfishly.
As well a.� probably being your If decide is not sort would like for
f!qual (after you reach maturity. neighbor, hit first; kill without hesita­
of course), he is also nearest to tion, warning. No place in considera­
your own age, at 2 1 : and of all tion for racial altruism. Elimination of
our subjects. I predict he is the occasional bad apple won't affect over­
most likely to prove compatible all chances for lifting species from en­
with you as you continue your dangered list: are enough of us to fill
unrelenting searchfor knowledge ranks after culling sto.ck-but only one
in the future-in fact. he may me. Point well taken.
give you quite a run for it: he is Well, time grows short. So much
a most motivated young man. remains to be accomplished be­
However. I was unable to fore / leave. so I had best hurry.
reach him following the auack: dence: I know
/ leave with confi
therefore he does not know that the futut:e of the race is in hands
you are alive and well in the shel­ such as yours and Peter's. You
ter. The burden i� upon you to will prosper and attain levels of
establish contact. if such is pos­ development I cannot even en­
sible-and I do urge you to make vision: of that I am certain. I
the atlempt: I feel that a part­ hope those heights will include
nership consisting of you two much joy and contentment.
would be most difficult to oppo�·e, I might add this in parting:
whatever the future may bring When your historians tell future
you. generations about us. I hope they
Love, will !lot be unduly severe. True,
Tellcher we did not lllst the distance; also
Hands shook. blood pounded in head true. we did exterminate our­
as turned back to ftrst letter. Balance selves, apparently in a display of
consisted of advice on contacting other senseless. uncontrolled aggres­
hominems-AAs from study. sion: equally true, we did many

Emergence 47
other things that were utterly Candy. my beloved daughter­
wrong. in-spirir. this is most d{lj'icult to

But u·e did creme a mighty bring 10 a close. Irrationally I


cirili=alion: we did accwnulate find myse(l' griel'ing m•er losing
a .fluul of knowledge 1·ast be\·ond you: · ·irrational/_,.. · · I say. he­
our capaci1y to obsorb or con­ caust' it is obl'ious I ll'ho Jllust
irol; ll't ' did conceil·e and aspire leCII 't'. But leai'C' I must. and there
·
to a moralily unique in hi.Hot;\'. is 110 denying ami /iule delaying
' re
u·hich placed lhe \l'e(fa l�l oth­ t�l if.
ers ahead £�{ our ou·n .w·(l�inler­ lt lt'i/1 he well u·ith you and
esl-even (f' mo.w £�l us didn ' l yours. Your growth has heen
praclice it. sound. your direction right and
And we did produce you! healthy: you cannot fail to live
l t may well be 1ha1 we were 1101 a life that must make us, who
in/ended to last more than this discovered and tlltempted to guide
di.wcmce. lt may even be that your you this far. proud �lour small
coming triggered seeti!; £�l se(l­ part in your destiny. e1•en though
destruction already implanted in we are not to be pernriu,-d to ob­
us fur that purpose: that our serl'e its fu(fillmenl. I think I un­
pa.\·.,·ing i.�· as necessary 10 your der.wmul something of how Moses
e111ergi•nce as a 5pecies as was musl lun·efelt as he stood looking
our t•xistence to your genesis . down 1hat last day 011 Nebo.
But what<'l't'r the mechanisnr Allt'ays kno11· that I. the doc­
or its t>urpo.\·e. I 1hink that when tor. and Mrs. Foster could not
all art' judged at /he end of Timl' . lun·e lo1·ed .''0/1 more had you
Homo sapiens ll'ill he tuf;udged. sprung ji·o111 our Oll 'll .flesh . Re-
if' not actual/\· a triumph . then at 11U.'111her us fondf.,·. but see that
least ll success. according to the you 11·aste no time grh'l'ing t!{ier
.\tatulards imposed by the con­ /IS.

dilions 11·efaced and till' purposes The .fillure is yours. my child:


JtJJ' ll'hich ll'e were created: jw;t go nrold it as you see the need.
as the Cro-Magnon. Nt•muler­ Goodbye. my best and be.H­
thal. and Pithecanthropus-<uul Im·ed pupil.
e1·en th(' brontosaur-were suc­ L<H'(' fore1·er.
cess.fid in their time when jtulged 5;oo Kim McDiwJtt
in lighl <�l lhe challenges they P . S . : By the authority l'e.wed in
o1·ercame and the purposes they me as the senior sutTil·ing (�/jlcial
setTed. of tlw United Slate.\· Karme As­
Single page remained. Hesitated: was sociation. I ·here11:ith promote
final link with living past. Once read . you ro Sixth Degree. You are
experienced . would become just an­ more than qualijied: see to iT thm
other memory. Sighed . forced eyes · to you practice faitl!ful/y and re­
focus: main .w.

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Read. reread final page until tears ted: then woke. set up justifiable protest
deteriorated vision. made individual over starved condition. Arose. shifted
word resolution impossible. Placed let­ twin to shoulder: went inside. down­
ter reverently on desk. went upstairs. stairs.
outside onto balcony porch. Was Picked up Tarzan File. Teacher's let­
Teacher's favorite meditation setting. ter. went back to Daddy's house. Fed
Settled onto veranda swing. eased legs birdbrain. self: settled down, skimmed
into lotus. file's contents.
Terry understood: moved silently Presently concluded Teacher correct
from shoulder to lap. pressed close. ( profound shock. that): Peter Bell
started random-numbers recitation of doubtless best prospective soulmate of
vocabulary in barely audible. tiny baby­ lot. Very smart. very interested. very
girl voice. Held twin nestled in arms as conscious: educational credits to date
pain escalated. tears progressed to si­ sound like. spoof (nobody that young
lent : painful, wracking sobs. Sibling's could have learned that much. except.
uncritical companionship. unquestion­ uh . . . perhaps me�kay); very strong,
ing love all that stood between me and quick, very advanced in study of Art
all-engulfing blackness, fresh aware­ (Eighth Degree!); plus (in words of
ness of extent of losses threatening to Teacher): "Delightfully unconcerned
overwhelm soul. about his own accomplishments; inter­
Together we watched early-afternoon ested primarily in what he will do
cumulonimbus fonn up. mount into next . " And. • · . . . possessed of a wry
towering thunderheads. roil and chum. sense of humor." Sounds like my kind
finally develop lightning flickers in of guy. Hope turns out can stand him.
gloom at bases, arch dark shafts of rain Sat for long moments working up
downward to western horizon; watched nerve. Then picked up phone. deliber­
until fading light brought realization ately dialed area code. number. Got
how long had sat there. Brighter stars stranded after a few moments' clicking.
already visible in east. hissing when relay somewehre Out
Reviewed condition with mounting There stuck. Tried again: hit busy cir- .
surprise: Eyes dry. pain gone from cuit (distinct from busy number: differ­
throat. heart; blackness hovering over ence audible-also caused by sticky
soul mere memory. Apparently had relay). Tried again muttering in beard.
transcendentalized without conscious Stranded again·. Tried again. Failed
intent, resolved residual grief. All that again.
remained was sweet sadness when con­ "That's bad," offered Terry enthu­
templated Daddy. Momma. Teacher; siastically, bobbing head cheerfully.
were gone along with everything, Took deep breath. said very bad
everybody else, leaving only memories. word, tried again.
Suddenly realized was grateful being Got ring tone! Once. twice. three
pennitted to keep those. times: then: Click. "Hello, is that you,
Cautiously moved exploratory mus­ Candy? Sure took you long enough.
cle, ftrst in hours. Terry twitched, fret-. This is Peter Bell. I can't come to the

Emergence 49
phone right now: I ' m outside taking spent in chair with clothes on. When
care of the stock. But I've set up this succeeded. opened mouth. then didn't
telephone answering machine to guard bother-realized bad wonJ wouldn't
my back. lt's got an alarm on it that'll hlcp: no longer offered relief adequate
let me know you've (.·alled S<) I �:an to !'ituation.
dlcl:k the tape. Casual approach had worn out about
..
When you hear the h)lle at the end nne a . m .-by which time had read pos­
of my message. give rne your phone �ibly ten pages (of which couldn't re­
number if you ' re not at home-do n ' t member s i n g l c word l . FeatherhcaJ
forget tht• area cod<' if i t ' s ditTerent from snored on stand: nothing within reach
your home-and 1 " 1 1 call you back the to disassemble. hm.l lost interest.
moment I get back and find your me�­ Yawning prodigiously myself by time
sage. Boy. am I glad you're all right. abandoned pretensc. grabbed phone.
· 'Beep.'' · dialed number.
Caught agape hy rccon.ling .· Barely Got through first try. But was lmsy!
managed rcgroupment in time to stutter Repeated attempt at five-minute in­
out would be home: add if not. would tervals for two hours or until fell
be ut furm. give number before nwchine asleep--whichever came first.
hung up. dial tone resumed. Have just tried line again. Still busy .
Repeated bad word. Added frills tai­ Better go make breakfast.
lored specifically for unswcring ma­
chine. Contact problem no longer funny. In
Diu dishes. put away. Refilled twin's two months since last entry have aver­
food dish. changed water: moved stand aged five . tries daily. Result: Either
into study. placed next to desk; within ( usually) busy signal or transistorized
convenient head-scratching ran e. g moron spouts same message. One pos­
Settled into Daddy's big chair. opened sible explanation (among many>: Rc­
journ•d . brought record up to date. Have con.lcd message mentions no dates:
<.l�mc so. Now up to date. Current. Com­ could have been recorded day after Ar­
pletely. Nothing further to enter. So mageddon. ycster<.lay-anytimc .
haven't entered anything el�e. For quite Not that a m languishing. sitting

a while. wringing hands by phone. how�::ver:

Midnight. Might as well rc<td book. have been husy. Completed move to
Stupid phone. farm: padded supply re!'>c�ves: shored
weaknesses: collected additional Jive­
Awoke to would-he rooster· s salute stock. poultry. Have electrified fences .

to dawn's e<trly light. Found self stand­ augmented where appeared marginally

ing un:-.tcadily in middle of study. blink­ dogproof: trucked in additional grain

ing sleep from eyes. listening to e(.·hocs ( learned to drive �cmi . re-re-re-replete
die away. Glared at twin: rc(.·cived smug with 16-spced transmission-truly sorry
snicker in return. about grain company's gatepost. but
Took several moments to establish was in way: should have been movc<.l
location. circumstances leading to night long ago): located . trucked in two au-

50 Analog Science Fiction!Sci('/IC't' Fact


tomatic diesel generators. connected bodily up sheer cliff. Interior has bed.
through clever relay system so first potty. sink. stove. sundry cabinets-and
comes on line (self-starting) if power exterior boasts dreadful baroque murals
fails. second kicks in if first quits. So on sides.
far has worked every time tested. just Though might appear was built spe­
as book said. cifically to fill own needs (except for
Have accumulated adequate fuel for murals-and need for build-ups on ped­
operation: Brought in four tankers brim als). was beloved toy of town banker.
full of diesel (6.000 gallons each): Wheh not pinching pennies. frittered
rigged up interconnecting hose system time away boonies-crawling in endless
guaranteeing gravity feed to genera­ quest for inaccessable. impassable ter­
to rs-whichever needs. gets. At eight rain. Bragged hadn't found any. Hope
gallons hourly (maximum load) should so; bodes extremely well for own ven­
provide over four months' operation if ture.
needed. ( However. farm rapidly taking Personal necessities. effects aboard.
on aspect of truck lot. Must think about Include: Ample food. water for self.
disposing of empties soon: otherwise Terry: bedding. clothing, toiletries: di­
won't be able to walk through yard . ) verse tools. including axe. bolt cutters.
Overkill preparations not result o f etc.: spares for van: siphon. pump. hose
paranoia. Attempting to make place se­ for securing gas: small. very nasty ar­
cure in absence; improve odds of find­ mory. including police chief's sawed­
ing habitable. viable farm on return. off riot" gun. two Magnum revolvers.
even if sortie takes longer than ex­ M- 1 6 with numerous clips and scope.
pected. Which could: is nver 900 miles Not expecting trouble. but incline to­
(straight-line) to file's address on Peter ward theory that probably won't rain if
Bell. And he's only first on AA list: carry umbrella.
others are scattered all over. Leaving this journal here in shelter
Have attempted to cover all bets. both for· benefit of archeologists: keep sep­
home and for self on trip. Chose vehicle arate book on trip. Can consolidate on
with care: Four-wheel-drive Chevy van. return. but if plans go awry this account
Huge snow tires bulge from fenders on still available for posterity.
all four wheels. provide six inches extra Well. time to go: unknown beckons.
ground clearance. awesome traction. But have never felt so small. Awfully
Front bumper mounts electric winch big world waiting out there.
probably capable of hoisting vehicle For me. •

e People must understand that science is i n h.e rently


neither a potential for good nor for .ev i l . lt is a
potential to be harnessed by man to do h i s bidding.
GLENN T. SEABORG
Jay Kay Klein 's

• F. Paul Wilson was among the last


writers developed by John Camp­
bell. long-time Analog editor and
founder of modern science fiction. Paul
was the author of several years worth of
manuscripts returned with long. encour­
aging letters of comment pointing out
what needed improvement. His first sale
was held for the August. 1971 issue of
Analog. while a second sale made a first
appearance for the writer in April. 1 9 7 1 .
For that issue. Stanley Schmidt had the
F. Paul Wilson
cover story.
Paul had been determined to get one
story. at least. published before he went Paul's third story. Wheels Within Wheels
over the hill at thirty. When he suc· in the September. 1971 issue. not only
ceeded. he found the money was needed received the cover. but in an expanded
to help him get through the medical ·version went on to win the first annual
school he was attending in Missouri. Prometheus Award. and its very solid
Now. he likes writing so well that he has prize of 7-1/2 ounces of gold. Since then.
opted for a dual career. He practices his books have appeared not only in the
family medicine with a five-man group United States. but also in Britain. Spain,
near his home in Brick Town. New Jer­ Italy, and Mexico. An Enemy of the State
sey. permitting him to be a full-time phy· has recently been published by Double·
sician and a full-fledged writer. day. and a fantasy novel. The Keep. is
All his stories except the one in this due out shortly.
issue have been set in the universe of Aside from two full professions. Paul
the LaNague Federation. based on his jogs a mile daily, collects old pulp mag­
own Libertarian view of existence. In this. azines. plays drums. guitar. and piano.
individuals and societies would have writes music. tends bonsai trees. and is
minimum restraints on any activities, as raising two girls.
long as other individuals and societies
were not harmed. He fears homogeni­
zation of mankind more than nuclear
meltdowns and believes that man's fu·
ture lies off this planet.

52 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


, MERCURY�S
MISSING
DIVOT
J)id a plt .•t• of Mert�ury disappt�
.

lnfo spa(·� In_ a vlolenf t•oiUslcNJ·�

Fourteen years ago. John Campbell saw results: First. a 50 km. wide crater
.published my ··Giant Meteor Impact . · · in the ocean bed. Penetrating the crust.
The article looked at an impact by four this exposed the glowing mantle of the
cubic kilometers of asteroid at 50 km. planet. That set geothermal heat at
per second·. My ideas withstood criti­ large. to back up the impact flash and
cism_ Professor Zdenek Kopal of Har­ fireball. The flare reached temperatures
vard and Manchester incorporated these in the MK0 range. millions of degrees.
ideas into his book. Man and His Uni- An enormous fireball squatted on the
verse. crater. unable to float away. for it
I named the asteroid Vredevoort IJ. reached into the vacuum of the ionos­
after an actual impact in South Africa, phere. Dust, haze. and clouds shrouded
and chose my imaginary target with the world with long term effect on ter­
diabolic callousness. for I aim�d it into restrial weather. The blast worked dam­
the ocean. Three of every four meteo­ age at continental range. Enormous
rites strike here. the proportion of tsunamis scoured coastal lowlands across
water-to-land-surface on our planet. the world.
·
Such falls are more destructive than I set reasoned figures for the scale of
those on continental targets. Water has such disasters. Another escaped calcu­
high specific heat. l t stores the strike's lation_ The strike was certain to cause
energy-but only to draw out calamity earthquakes, but in 1965 I was unable
later. to quantify them. Recently. I came upon
Energy there was. for sure: 4 x 10�· a yardstick. This is made of rubber: yet.
··ergs; that of a million H-bombs. l fore- elastic as it is, it is better than none at

Mercury's Missing Divot


all. I could now foresee the scale of totype Vredevoort site; they are full­
seismic effect. blooded mountain chains. like the Ap­
That rubber yardstick. however. put palachians. but forged by a single ham­
me onto something far more important. mer blow.
We know of greater impacts around the I found my rubber yardstick at a sim­
solar system. Their power is clear from ilar site: the Caloris Basin on Mercury.
their effects. They convulsed bodies This is surrounded by a ring-range. That
they hit. Close range photos from space too resulted from a single impact. Ca­
witness seismic effects. On our moon. loris, however. is half as wide as Luna.
Marc Orientalis is surrounded by three The basin itself is I .300 km. across--one
concentric rings of mountain folds. quarter the diameter of the entire planet.
These arc nor crater walls made of The ring-range is but one of its .seismic
ejected debris. nor even nappes of ev­ features. In good time I will come to
erted strata like those around the pro- another and thence to e
s ismic effects of


0

!;;:
a:
0
Ill
:5
z
0

§
::»
a..
0
a:
a.

t:i
...,

Mercury's Caloris Basin can be clearly seen in the enhanced set of Mariner 1 0
photos. The name Caloris"(hot) basin was given to the feature because of its
position near one of the subsolar points on Mercury at perihelion.

54 Analog Science Fiction/Scieiu:e Fact


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- --

terrestrial impacts. But Caloris covers When Earth collides with another so­
the combined area of the U . K . , France, lar body the speed may be as low as 20
Spain and the Low Countries. A blow kps. (Even somewhat lower, but the
that large deseJ"Ves notice. odds are against this, as they are against
Serious consideration of impact cra­ top speeds of 50 kps.) Mercury, how­
ters began in our lifetime and stems ever. is closer to Sol than Earth. Bodies
from the pioneer work of two Ameri­ intruding as deep as the innermost
cans. The first, of course, was the en­ planet suffer a long, strong pull from
gineer, Berringer, who investigated the Sol. Furthermore, they may run head
Arizona crater. Baldwin, an astrono­ on into the planet. Its high orbital ve­
mer, set the work on firm statistical loci{y then combines with the object's
foundations four decades later. perihelion peak. Meteor can marry Mer­
Baldwin illustrated the energy of im­ cury at 120 kps. On the other hand, the
pacts in a simple way. He plotted lunar meteor may overtake the planet along
craters on the same smooth cuJ"Ve as its orbit; the speed is then as "low" as
holes made by other explosions. Great 30 kps.
impacts are explosive and effects relate E = Vz m v •; we can work out masses
to power. When lunar maria and Caloris for all cases in that range. A body zip­
Basin are fitted on Baldwin's cuJ"Ve we ping in at 1 20 kps will mass as little as
can estimate the energies which made 1 . 4 x 1015 tonnes. Lumbering in at 30
them. The Caloris Object lobbed out kps. the figure is sixteen times as
103' ergs . . . a million times the en­ great,--2.2 x 10"' tonnes. I handle few
ergy of my artificial asteroid, the power parcels of this order; I cannot visualise
of a million million H-bombs. Note in such masses. However. I fool myself
passing: Our sun converts about four that dimensions are more familiar. Sizes
million tons of matter to energy every depend on the material of the astemid.
second. Here, we have power on this The chances are that this is rock, and
solar scale. so 2¥4 times as dense as water. At the
Whatever the exact power, the Ca­ higher speed that presents us with a vol­
loris strike was Heap Big Medicine. ume of 5 x to•• cubic metres. a diameter
This was delivered in an instant, wrapped of 100 kilometers.
up in a single packet. How big a packet? We can reduce that to 70 km. for a
Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer nickel-iron asteroid, but the odds are it
choice. The range of possibilities is un­ was rock. At a quarter the impact speed.
broken. yetis limited at top and bottom. it has sixteen times the mass . . . let me
Bounds are set by feasible impact speeds. see . . . cube root of sixteen times the
Here we consider only bodies which diameter. . . . About 250 kilometers
belong to the solar system. Dr. Forward across! Or 1 7 5 km. for power-packed
and others tell of bodies thmnging in­ nickel iron.
terstellar space: their speeds have higher Bodies as big are uncommon. The
limits. Intriguing. but we lack experi­ Asteroid Belt itself counts them only in
ence of them. dozens. Like the brontosaurus, they are

. Mercury· s Missing Divot 55


in short supply. but high speed can be That shallow profile is deceptive. 1t
attained. So I am for minimum mass at applies to a surface as extensive as
maximum velocity. We are spared a Western Europe. Take the profile of the
minor problem. Any body in that size basin as triangular: in short . assume an
range is likely to be a sphere. Shape and inverted cone is missing. The basin's
impact attitude could affect the results. capacity is then four million cubic kil­
As is. we have the simplest case. ometers! The section might be para­
One marvels that such a cannonball bolic . which gives a capacity half as
left Mercury in one piece. but match the large again. . . . or could be convex
target with the missile: the planet has from edge to center. giving a smaller
1 25.000 times the volume. What is volume. The cone seems .a reasonable
more. the impact frittered away energy compromise. as base for estimates. I
as heat and radiation. You will see that stick t()--()r am stuck with--4 x I 0"
one effect of these was limited to line­ cubic kilometers. In any reasonable
of-sight. rock. that's I 0'" tonnes-about eight
Despite such points. the strike was times the mass of the Object.
hair-raising. It made a circular basin. Smaller missiles shift as much in re­
like Mare lmbrium on the moon. (Ir­ lation to their size. But look at Plato or
regular maria are another kettle of fish. ) Copernicus on the moon--or the target
A second result is the surrounding ring­ of a common or garden Grand Slam
range. We studied both by proxy. on bomb. Stuffing for these cavities is very
photos snapped by Mariner Ten. These visible. Lunar craters are walled with
by themselves do not show a third ef­ debris thown out by the impact. Holes
fect. for this was on the far side of the made by ten-ton bombs are surrounded
planet. A fourth result is conspicuous by scattered spoil . Four million cubic
by its absence:- the dog that didn't bark kilomcters of ejecta can hardly escape
in the night. I am tickled to be the first the eye! This could bury the whole
Holmcs to observe this negative. planet under 70 meters of loose rubble!
Caloris shares an odd feature with Of course. we cannot expect gate-crash­
Lunar Maria: it is extremely shallow. ing meteors to be that tidy. . . . Since
For all its breadth of 1 .300 k m . its ccn­ debris is not piled up as a basin wall.
ter is but 9 km. below the general level perhaps it is scattered around outside
of Mercury's surface At maximum. its the basin. We can hardly miss such a
depth is less than 1% of its diameter. volume.
An explanation advanced is that it was The fact is staggering. It is nowhere
deeper to begin with-1 concur-but to be seen. Outside the ring-range, Mer­
was filled with magma from below . cury is pitted by craters of all sizes, like
which I reject. I feel confident that my the moon. The basin, however. is fairly
own explanation is correct. Supplies of free from astroblemes. Now the aeon
magma are doubtful for bodies as small just after the creation of the solar system
and cold as Mercury and Luna. I will saw most of its craters formed on the
come to my .own interpretation. moons and planets. So Caloris was

56 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


-- - ---
--- -------
- --
--

made after this era; it is younger than joined by enormous energy. The size
other Mercurian scenery. That is shown prolonged processes; they took more
by its relative freedom from cratering. time. Radiation could not escape through
It follows that the volume from that 50 kilometers of plasma at the speed of
vacancy should have been deposited I ight. The transformation of thermal
upon older features. It was not. motion at the center into radiation from
I see only one explanation. lf missing the surface was not ·immediate . ' In­
material isn't upon the planet. it left the deed. the Object's leading face hit the
planet. Equally staggering. its absence surface a second before its rear. The van
has attracted no previous notice. Per­ was transformed into compressible
haps- the shallow contours distract us plasma. This was indeed compressed by
from what is now just vacuum. The the mass of the rearguard . Compression
hollow isn't labelled with a neon continued until this also flared with heat
sign . . . . Its terrain differs from others and changed to plasma.
on Mercury mainly in being smoother. Even milliseconds mattered. They
Future exploration may show it similar made a difference. Mind you-processes
to Neil Armstrong's first footing on the were fast!
moon. Warmer. of course: noon tem­ There was another distinction . The
perature on Mercury's equator is 700° Object worked in vacuum; in general,
K. there were fewer side effects: no evap­
Here and now l claim to know the oration of sea-water; no tsunami; no
steps by which that barren saucer was blast through atmosphere; no supersonic
shaped. An exact model of the physics superboom; no atmosphere to blanket
of the vent will doubtless modify my radiation. Further differences are fairly
picture in detail. yet I feel sure that it obvious: more intense heat and radia-·
·
is broadly accurate. tion. a much -more violent seismic
The Caloris Object weighed I .4 x tremor. The effects on Mercury's orbit
1(}2' grams: but delivered IQ-'� ergs. and axial rotation arc . unknowable.
Which is 2.4 x JO:> calories. 1·'4 million (Rene Gallant in "Bombarded Earth. "
calories for every gram! We can't put considered a similar strike. He assigned
that charge in our pipe and smoke it. 15% of the total to axial effects.)
At most, heating a gram of rock uses Energy obeys entropy. Never de­
one fifth of one calorie. That gives the stroyed, it is ever degraded. After deg­
measure of the temperature developed radation. the work it performs is fixed
by the impact. You can calculate the by its surroundings. I n the core of a
number of fifths in I % million. . . . star. the Object would function as an
Temperatures rose toward 9 MK0 • • • • energy sink, not an energy source.
There was not only total power but Pitched onto Mercury. waste from what
'
power at high potential. it spent on one task could work havoc
The Caloris strike differed from that on others. Here is my scenario for the
of smaller bodies--even those as big as Great Mercurian Vanishing Act: Now
my Vredevoort 11. Enormous size was You See It, Now You Don't. A con-

Mercury's Missing Divot 57


juror· s time-scale is near to that of the held for specific intervals. We must ap­
Asteroid . . . . preciate this: if they attained · ·only" I
The Object struck and tlarcd into MK0 rather than 9MK0 • their higher lev­
plasma. Molecules broke into atoms: els were held for longer periods . Energy
atoms lost electrons: even nuclei were had been realized. it must emerge. At
disturbed. Knowing the caloric count e
the unbelievable lev l of 9 MK0• a u ni t
you can accept that the Flash was in the area radiates about 6.500 times as fast
MK0 range-and it deserves the capital as a similar surface at a mere I MK0•
letter. That d i ffe rence is by no means imma­
Hot bodies radiate. The fourth power terial. Yet, broadly speaking . we must
of temperature sets the rate of radiation. balance rate of tlux against duration.
Wc take a bar of iron from the furnace . In either case, radiation is of incre­
glowing at 1 . 200° K. Then we quench dible intensity. In either case. its fre­
i t in water to a quarter this temperature. quency is very high indeed: we h<tve a
300° K. Before quenching . it radiated flood of penetrating Gammas and hard
4 x 4 x 4 x 4-256 times-as fast as X-rays.
afterwards . Temperature and frequencies then to­
Let me me lead you up a wrong !Um­ boganned down that fourth power curve.
ing point to an answer we must not ac­ At first this sloped like a cliff: descent
cept. This still helps us to face what the was headlong. Before long . the Object
Object did achieve. The surface tem­ radiated less insanely than at first though
)lerature of the sun is 6.000°K. Divide still at an awesome rate-as fast , per­
9 MK0 by this. 9MK0 is I ,500 times the haps, as a high-voltage spark . . . . then
temperature of the solar surface. The merely as fast per unit area as S Dor­
fourth power of I . 500 is five million adus . . . as 'slowly' as Rigel . . . then
million. as Canopus . . . then at merely the rate
That many times the energy from of Sol . . . But don't ignore the phe­
each square inch of Object, than each nomenon's size. The flare expanded as
square inch of Sol. But the sun's surface it cooled. There were more square
is only two hundred million times that inches to radiate. Yes, intensity per
of the Object! Now we can't have the square inch fell, but total intensity fel l
Object pouring out energy 25.000 times more slov.:Iy than the temperature. The
as fast as the en:ire Sun! Not for the Object spent a longer time in each suc­
'b riefest instant. To accept this ignores cessive range of temperature . Electrons
the matter of delay . the Jag coming from rejoined nuclei. Though far less dense
the Object's very size. The tlare did not than before . the Object was no longer
peak as a whole. Zones at the rear were plasma.
still moving when the van had braked A division between Flash and Fireball
and flared. Those 10'' ergs of kinetic is arbitrary. The process was continu­
energy did not take other forms at once. ous. Yet the upshot is clear. The incan­
Yet I am in no doubt that temperatures descent Object might take several
in the MK range were reached-and heartbeats to double in size. Even this

58 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


gave a rate of expansion well above 5 A flower bloomed in vacuum. Its ca­
kps. Well above escape velocity for lyx was vaporized rock rushing out
Mercury. across that fiery funnel. The corolla was
It was outward bound. in all dii"C(c­ the fireball's swelling creation. Soon.
tions. headed for space. Small wonder. gas condensed as micro- and nano-me­
The average temperature in a Tokamak teorites. cosmic dust. Yet. in aggregate.
chamber is lower than that of the flare. four million cubic miles of this was lost
This had already finished another task. forever to Mercury. Our space-borne
It did not make its own law, but obeyed counters register hi.ts from that powder ·

that of inverse squares. Radiance di­ to this day.


minished with distance. What is more. The Object's energy could cope with
half its brilliance was directed outward. all I describe. with fusing the surface
Neither fact set the limit to its work. of Caloris Basin: with expelling glow­
Simply-this was the skyline. the ho­ ing gases into space: with work inside
rizon from which its summit could be the planet. These and all wastage are
seen. covered by my first statement: 1 o�� ergs
The Object bored into Mercury. yet was the. order of the energy.
expanded. When radiation was still be­ That gave me a little license: 1 will
yond all Earthly parallel, it stood a subject this to slight abuse. Make the
hundred kilometers above the surface. energy 5 x to··� ergs. That is, 1.4 x IQ11
From this height, the horizon is the rim kilowatt hours. enough to spin your
ofCaloris Basin. Thatfarout, the land­ electric drill for better than a million
scape fused. million million years . . . . Put another
Melting reached below the surface. way. it is 5 x I 018 watt seconds. But the
Radiation from the Flash and swelling sun's luminosity is only 4 x t02� watts !
Fireball was hard. l t penetrated, and The impact made a notable addition
penetrating. heated. A layer of land­ to the luminosity of the whole solar sys­
scape fused. in depth. Thickest near the tem. Assume that 80% of the radiation
center, this tapered out at the edge of flared out as radiation i n one second.
the basin. At near hand. the effect went For that second. Sol seemed five stellar
beyond fusion. The Object enlarged its magnitudes brighter. Mind you. X-ray
crater as much by vaporizing rock as by vision was needed to see it so, and we
blasting it away. Where liquid spoil badly need an exact calculation of the
moved out. much turned to gas as it time the radiation stayed near its peak.
flew. That which did not. lost its iden­ Modelling this will call for some high
tity: it dropped on the lava field. and grade talent backed by a fast computer.
merged with this. Gases. however, It is enough to say that -the brightness
joined the ttreball. The result was a cen­ of the Object by visible light was at least
tral crater with sloping sides-a shallow comparable to that of the entire sun.
funnel. This directed the growth of the Thomases who doubt fusion of the
lower fireball . and set a course for its basin surface ma)Y sec light by this. The
expansion. effect was more than superficial. There

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• '

- - - ......
- - ...... _
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--

A. Three seconds before S second. The dash lines give l ine-of-sight to the
horizon of the basin rim from 100 km. above Ground Zero.

B. Flash, flare & fireball. A slight thickening of the surface profile exaggerates
the depth of the lava field.

C. Today. We can regard the solid plug of lava as a Mascon.


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My diagram shows no depression in the planet's profile; its scale is too small
to draw a 9 km. hollow. That shallowness cries out for explanation.
The precise contour should differ from any which would result from infilling by
magma from below. People with access to data in NASA files please note and
investigate! In "8," blast and vaporization are shaping the impact crater into a
funnel. "C" gives the final position. The surround drains into the crater and
fills the central depression. A plug of lava constitutes a Mascon. Lunar Orbiter
detected Mascons in 1968. They were first interpreted as deep-set kernels. The
interpretation was revised-more, I suspect to accord with theories than with
precise gravimetric data. The theory being this-internal lava diffused through
the regolith across the entire Mare. This was seen as giving isostatic compen­
sation for mass.ejected by the impact. Where that went Is unconsldered or
scamped . . . . I doubt provenance of Magma from the interiors of Mercury and
the Moon. I doubt that their mantles (if any!) creep, as does the Earth's. 1
doubt that gravity demands-or can obtain-isostatic compensation in their
thicker crusts. We see no c;;lose investigation of these points. Another must
await that exact physical model. I suspect that the scale of the Caloris impact
worked to increase the proportion of energy spent on radiation and thus, to
decrease the relative size of the crater. Impacts which created Lunar Maria
are credited with penetrations of 20 km. (Again-by what calculation?) Mass of
Object constant, penetration, P, should run -at roughly P = v2/3, At four times
lunar impact speed we would expect the Caloris Object to dig 2.5 times as
deep-to 50 km. Was 20 km. a mere supposition? By my theory there Is partial
lsostatic compensation, but losses are distributed across the whole basin,
making compensation less critical.

was, however, a colossal crater. and total power of the impact itself. This
this is now level. Isostatic upwelling hag resources to waste on all effects.
from the mantle is held to have accom­ I gave the value in ergs. Earthquakes
plished this for lunar maria. I detect can be rated in the same terms. I n the
uneasiness among those who advance first place, they are ranked on the Ri­
the idea. Supplies of magma for the chter Scale of Magnitudes. Readers who
moon and· Mercury are uncertain. It is live near the San Andreas fault hear of
even in doubt that these bodies have this too often. . . . Ratings on it range
mantles, in our terrestrial understanding from the humanly imperceptible. Yet
of the word. Other material was defi­ I take it that a seismograph reacts when
nitely at hand. with energy to mold it. we drop a pound of lard one half-inch,
We have- seismic processes to con­ to crash upon its base. I tailored the
sider, and here, I specifically include weight and fall to give a world-shaking
vulcanology. We cannot measure to trem�r of Richter zero, which is 6 x 10'
seventeen decimal places, doting per­ ergs. . . . Steps upscale rise by units
centages for such effects as impact and tenths, and the maximum normally
flash, axial rotation, crusta! slippage, quoted is Richter 1 0 . This is mere con­
and so on. Uncertainty is very gener­ vention; we're not restricted to counting
ously covered, mainly, by the enormous on our fingers. Yet 1 0 has probably

Mercury's Missing Divot 61


never been attained on Earth. You will significantly higher than Alaska I 964.
·see good reason to pray that it never which was RM 8.6. That translates to
will. In fact. no quake on record has 2 . 75 x 10'0 ergs. Twemy seven million
reached Richter 9. times stronger than my scare at 5 . 5 !
I've been through an earthquake. At You see, the Richter Scale is loga­
its epicenter in the Hindu Kush, this rithmic. In fact. a unit step gives a factor
passed Richter 7. Further out, I wit­ in power of 25 I ; it multiplies power by
nessed symptoms at 5 .5--onset of se­ this. Notice--even that Alaska quake
rious damage to buildings. My own was nowhere near as forceful as our
symptom was onset of hysteric strength. smallish asteroid, Vredevoort l l . We
I made my way to safety by hurdling can translate the 4 x 102q ergs of this
a five foot briar hedge . unscratched . If into Essence of Earthquake. The equiv­
that seems trifling. I was wearing army alent is near as dammit 10. In fact. just
boots and took off from loose shingle. over 9.9. 1 .500 times the power of the
Try it sometime. I regret that I can't lay Alaska quake.
on an earthquake to stimulate response. What of the Caloris Object? We as­
That magnitude of 5 . 5 can show how sign it a total energy of 10" ergs. That's
we convert Richter magnitudes to ergs. the order of magnitude . The figure
The formula is simple: log E. ergs = could, reasonably, be five times as
(Richter Magnitude x 2.4) + 5 . 8 . This great, which would equal a Richter
case is dead easy. (2.4 x 5.5) + 5.8 Magnitu.de of 12.45. The bare 10-'� ergs
= 1 9 . Antilog 1 9 = IO'Q· Nature used equals RM 1 2 . 1 7 . . . Twelve on the
ten million million million ergs to scare Richter Scale i s well below I 0·"
me out of my wits. The same shock is ergs--only 4 x 10"", to be precise. As
provided by a two tonne meteorite I see it, it is excess of caution to set the
which hits an airless planet at 30 kps. impact tremor at less than Richter 1 2 + .
You can begin to envision results when Now see its handiwork .
the meteor weighs 2 X I o•• tonnes . . . The shock travelled from Ground
Here is a second example. The San Zero at something under 8 kilometers
Fernando quake. a decade or so ago, per second . Even so, it took more than
was set at RM 6.6: I.I magnitudes 80 seconds to pass the rim of the basin.
higher. (6.6 x 2.4) + 5.8 = 2 1 .6. The As it expands. any tremor weakens.
antilog of this is roughly 4 x I o�•. Four This tremor also encountered obstacles:
thousand million million million ergs: it met cracks and cavities and inclusions
400 rimes the energy of the 5 . 5 tremor. in the <;rust. Each discontinuity ob­
Upscale again: The 1906 San Francisco structed its progress-and inevitably
earthquake was at RM 8.25. (8.25 x degraded vibration to heat.
2.4) + 5 . 8 = 25.6: antilog 25.6 = 4 Mercury's crust was wholly flawed.
x I (p. Though the difference in mag­ to depths of kilomcters. Already . it was
nitude is only 2.75. an 8.25 quake is much as Luna ' s is today.
Jour million rimes more energetic than Meteorites-some as large as those re­
one at 5 . 5 ! No quake has been rated sponsible for Plato and Copemicus-had

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pounded it for an aeon. The rock had swallows Mercury. The monument is
been milled to shatter-cones and pow­ that ring-range, a stockade of rock over
der. The inner planet's regolith was pul­ 4,000 km. in circumference. Take its
verised. fragmented. Every gap blocked breadth as 150 km . • and it towers to
the seism, degraded wave motion into heights of one kilometer. We can credit
heat. We do not know the rate of ex­ it with a volume of 300.000 cubic kil­
change. but small fractions of to�' ergs ometers. (If you are unhappy with met­
amount to many calories. Even today, rics. divide by four for the volume in
the temperature of that regolith exceeds cubic miles.) It masses roughly 10"
·

700°K. Like that of Earth it grows hotter tonnes of rock.


with depth. Three aeons ago it was We can calculate the energy needed
warmer still. far closer to the melting to raise that mass against Mercurian
points of rocks than any oil-well in gravity. Be ready for a surprise.
Texas. The cost is an order of magnitude
The seism mad� up the difference. lower than the power of Vreedevoort 11.
Rock fused at depth. The tremor below about 4 x I 02" ergs. This in itself is food
took over where the impact flare failed for thought as it is a completely negli­
to penetrate. Like that of the radiation. gible fraction of the power of the Caloris
the effect grew weaker outward from Object. Mind you, there was more to
Ground Zero. Its main effort was in that the operation than elevating rock. The
broken regolith. Transmission was bet­ tremor left debris hotter, pulverised it
ter through the solid rock below this. further. Allow generous margins; set
Yet it raced through both like a ripple total expenditure on the ring-range at
across a pond. At the surface. similarity 1 ()-"' ergs. Richter 1 0 plus, about one
became exact. Here, the ripple was vis­ part in 60.000 of the total energy of the
ible as such. But the medium was a tremor.
'

mixture of lava and hot boulders. It was The bill seemed much too low. I
a 1 kilo�j!ter high from trough to gagged at it. Then I recalled the Tokyo
crest. . . . quake of 1923. which was certainly less
Similar ripples traverse solid surfaces than Richter 9. It had fantastic results.
in quakes on Earth. San Francisco pro­ One part of the floor of Sangarni Bay
vided interesting photographs in 1906. rose 820 feet. Nearby the seabed moved
The tremor lifted city pavings. Natu­ the other way. sinking 690 feet. A rel­
rally. these snapped; the broken edges ative displacement of close on half a
jammed on high. left to caricature the kilometer! The work of raising the ring­
wave-form in hard concrete. The after­ range was casual, incidental . . . (Note:
math of disaster saw repairs in San Fran­ Mercurian gravity is less than four­
cisco, the evidence is no longer on tenths that of Earth.) Before it reached
view.. The Caloris Object left a peren­ the ring-range, the Caloris tremor was
nial marker. at least sixteen million times as pow­
This marker will be destroyed only erful as the Tokyo seism. It built that
when the sun reddens, expands, and fold with a mere fraction of its power.

Mercury's Missing Divot 63


Having done so. it raced on. still above Where ripples meet. they interfere.
Richter I I . There was power for several Troughs and peaks cancel and redouble.
dozen circuits of the planet. l t dwindled Basically the Weird Terrain is an inter­
on every tour. and at last damped to ference pattern . cast in three dimen­
extinction. The first h;llf-circuit fou nd sions. Mariner Ten pictures hint at the
it still strong and frisky. Here it pro­ wavekn!!th� But the pattern is moun­
duced the third seismic effect. as men­ tains and mesas . The scism transformed
ti<,ned earlier. Mercurian topography at the longest
The tremor spread from Caloris around eossible range. The Weird Terrain's
the globe in all directions. Inevitably it area is less than that of the ring-range:
met it�elf. As inevitably. the rendez­ the scale is less extensive. We are still
vous was I H0° around the planet on all tempted to see it as work at Richter
headings-at the antipodes of Ground 1 0 . 5 . or thereabouts. This overlooks a
Zero. This area has been christened the salient truth: the tremor was sharply fo­
Weird Terrain. cussed there. To see it at its worth.


a:
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"Weird Terrain" or "Peculiar Terrain" roughly opposite Caloris Basin is seen


at right side of this Mariner 1 0 Mercury photo provided by the National Space
Science Data Center.

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imagine the jumble of mountains and bon at Algiers. l t was noticed across
mesas to be stretched out along. say . four times the area of Europe. I draw
the Mercurian equator. This reduces support from at: this for a prediction.
heights. We have concentrated effort at A Vreedcvoort 11 will cause direct
little more than Richter 9. perhaps. The shocks at RM 7 plus 5 .000 miles from
attenuation of such a giant tremor across the impact point. Nor will this be all.
the little planet seems to be more than In a sense. a normal quake is like the
2 RM but less than 3 RM. Can we carry firing of a cannon. A charge waits in
this across space from Mercury to the breech until the lanyard is jerked .
Earth? Can we put rough markings on Earthquakes unleash similar latent force.
my rubber yardstick? They will be gues­ We know the cause of most. They come
stimates. but these may lead to some­ from strains in the crust of the Earth.
thing better. For land masses. this is a 40 kilometer
Keep in mind: a Richter Magnitude thickness of granitic rocks. Under the
is a power factor of 251-two. a step • oceans it is thinner and of basahs. rather
of63.000 ; five. a million million times. than acidic rocks. But ocean crust
(The last figure is exact. and that"s no shares much with that of continents.
accident. Nor is it a coincidence that Both are formed from separate individ­
five stellar magnitudes give a factor of ual rafts, on platons. These may be wide
exactly 100. Both scales are tailored for as Asia. or as small as Iberia. Though
convenience . ) India is joined to Asia. and Spain to
Vredevoort 11 has a total power of Europe, both are distinct platons on
Richter 1 0 minus. Let us say that the their own.
seismic shock is at 9.75. How does that In general, platons are made of lighter
carry across our world? rock than the mantle below. They jloaJ
Earth is bigger than Mercury. That on this. They are like a flotilla of rafts
works to increase attenuation. On the which is as tightly jammed together as
other hand. seismic reflections from its can be. And like rafts. they drift on
iron core swing back to the surface at eddying currents in the mantle. We may
about the same distance as that from see those currents as circulating by con­
Caloris to the Weird Terrain. Further, vection, like soup in the saucepan.
our crust is less flawed that that of Mer­ Streams of rock rise from the depths.
cury. Our molten mantle may well pass beneath platons, then dive into the
transmit vibrations more efficiently than depths again. Their pace is slower than
the interior of Mercury. The Lisbon any glacier's-an inch or so per year.
earthquake. two centuries back. was This. however, will open up an ocean
one of the greatest disasters on record. in a megacentury. In the early Jurassic.
The shock was felt beyond the Urals. the Americas nestled against Eurafrica.
The epicenter was probably below ocean. The two land masses joi ned at what are
west of Lisbon-tsunamis were worse now their continental shelves. The pas­
at Cadiz than at Lisbon. Yet it caused sage of 150;000.()()() years has set the
serious damage 700 miles east of Lis- Atlantic between them.

Mercury's Missing Divot 65


Mamlc circulation has a dominant world register the vibration.
pallcrn . Currents rise beneath and form Near the fault. effects arc less di­
mid ocean ridges and spread out both verting. The tremor shakes down build­
ways. At continental shelves they meet ings for miles around. Fences. · roads
similar flows from beneath land masse�. and buildings which st ra�dlc the fault
Both dive �ide by side back into the arc torn asunder. The broken ends arc
mantle, like conver_!! i ng travellators. sprained by a dozen yards. There may
Trouble brews when drift brings platons also be vertical movement . like that
to collide or chafe. 'ndia bulldozes into bene:1th Sangami Bay. In 1 906 this
Asia. That collison folded the Hima­ . . . steppin g · · on the San Andreas fault
layas to tlH�ir present height. was limited to a yard or so. The 1 964
Chafing works beyond the Rm:kies . Alaska quake produced a new cliff
Western California secedes northward twenty times as high. Commonly . step­
from the Union. Their uneasy marriage ping works less damage than horizontal
tears apart along the San Andreas fault. shift: we plan our buildings to resist a
A clean break is delayed by friction and vertical strain-that of gravity.
interlocking. Stresses mount for decade The main point is this : power looscd
after decade . They have raised part of by normal earthquakes is no instant cre­
California in an enormous blister. At its ation. like the mctcorite"s. lt builds up
peak this is now about 50 cm. above its below our feet for years. decades or
normal level. It comes from a horizontal centuries: potent ial accumulates . then
thrust. like the tlexing of a sheet of tin becomes kinetic. At San Francisco. a
when we press on opposite edge. In the potential of 10'' ergs became kinetic at
end. that thrust overcomes resistance. R ichter R.25. The potential is rising
Interlocked projections shear. A fusi l­ again. The next quake there may well
lade of jolts grinds mating surfaces to reach the same level.
a polish. (Geologists burrowed along lt seems that any fault will yield and
the face of a Scottish fault. They un­ move at an impact handing out the ex­
covered a surface still showing the pol­ citement it is due to deliver itself.
ish it acquired in the Cambrian. Surely. less provocation can turn the
450.000.000 years ago . ) trick. Quakes proceed by a salvo of
Power accumulated over decades is jolts. Catastrophe follows the falling
spent in horrendous m in ute s . The west­ domino pattern . Less strain will shear
ern platon moves ahead to the north: the a given project ion. This piles bigger
blister subsides. The subsidence and strain on a stronge r. neighboring inter­
horizomal jolting both cause seismic lock. That . too. yields. and so on. Like
tremors. These spread cross-country. that jerk upon the lanyard. a small i n­
like ripples through a pond. They bring vestment triggers the total power stored.
freak result� such as the con(:rete cari­ The impact tremor falls below San Fcr­
cature of wave-forms. Sand geysers' nando strength at distance. but deto­
spout from the ground 300 m i les away. nates a San Francisco quake. Subtler
Seismographs on the far side of the measures work: water has been pumped

66 Analo� Science Ficlion!Science Facl


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down boreholes and thence between the pressure is the likeliest agent
·
to cause
faces of a fault. The fault then moved. them.
The tremor from an impact can certainly Circulation through the mantle will
release more than it delivers, at long recycle both varieties. There is a turn­
range. around. though it's timed in megacen­
Take an ocean impact near Tahiti. turies; the situation cannot be static.
This triggers local quakes 5.000 miles Masses of material await change . At
away. along the American Cordillera, any moment. there will be enormous
from Alaska to Cape Horn. These local layers of form A just above the critical
quakes interface, like the Caloris tremor depth.
at the Weird Terrain. Highly localized Vredevoort 11 sends out a seism of
shocks occur at spots between them. abnormal power. Pressure is increased
even at areas previously seen as immune on form A mineral near transformation
from trouble. point. This switches to form B; a huge
Some twelve hours after the shocks, volume of the substance contracts. The
a tsunami hits western coasts with un­ percentage change is min�but the
believable fury. We can foresee its mass involved is enormous:' We foresee
height. In our lifetime. a tsunami from a seismic chain reaction. This proceeds
an Andean earthquake flooded shores round the globe, hundreds of kilometers
in Hawaii. This tidal wave is generated beneath our feet. We cannot foretell the
by a seism with I ,500 times . Andean consequences.
power. A tsunami carries energy with l think the mechanism likely. but at
very high efficiency. It's no pessimism present there is no proof. In fact, we
to expect a seismic surge measuring 200 have better hope of exploring planets
feet from trough to crest. At several of other stars than the depths of our own
thousand miles! mantle. The phase-change business is
Most-but by no means all--quakes hypothesis.
come from fault movements. Some The leashed power of crusta! move­
have epicenters well below the crust at ment is fact. Its triggering by an impact,
_. depths of 100-700 kilometers. Seis­ certain. Fellow ghouls can choose their
mologists are coy on happenings there. own Most Lethal Target, but consider
Rightly so. Even indirect evidence is mine. This is in the Ar-abian Sea, west
scanty for these sites. We can feel sure of Bombay. Draw a circle round it at
that faulting is not involved. A load of a radius of 5,000 miles. Then count sei­
several hundred kilometers of rock smic risks within the ring. There is the
leaves little room for this. Himalayan/Alpine fold; Japa_n, the Phil­
I see a likely mechanism-phase­ lipines, and Indonesia; the Great Afri­
change in the minerals of the mantle, can Rift Valley, dotted wi$ volcanic
that is, transformations from form A, warning cones; .the Red Sea, whose heat
of given density, to form B of'that sub­ is partly geothermal. its water laden
stance. at another density. Such changes with metals leached from the upper
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is a single blanket of lava. Cracks from agem:ies interfere with its pattern?
which this welled may be glued se­ Only one factor seems big enough to
curely. but I wonder. Less obviously at ·fit the bil l-astcroidal impact. Yet the
risk, North China recently presented the impact must be limited in size. for you
highest seismic butcher's bill in his­ read this today. A Caloris Object would
tory . . . . It's exaggeration to class the leave Earth free from biological oddi­
solid Earth as stable. Seismographs ties. including you and me. That seems
across the world register 800.000 sep­ to throw us back on an impact with
arate shocks per year. That's one every some catalytic effect. Say. interruption
40 seconds; on average. one per year in the circulation by a chain of phase­
for every 24 kilometer square of sur­ reactions. After which. circulation builds
face. These make changes in the world. itself anew. The renewal of the seabcd
Another change has always puzzled would obliterate the evidence . . . . so
me. another dog that did not bark in the at present the idea has the same validity
night. Our three land masses.· Eurafra­ as any other. precisely nil. That perhaps
sia. Australia and the Americas. are is better than parity . for I hear no other
new. so is every ocean floor. None arc theory.
as much as 5% of the planet's age. Be­ We even lack evidence that Earth re­
fore them was Pangaea. one continent. ceived the same treatment as Luna and
embracing all the land there was. Sore Mercury. lts first aeon left them as
feet permitting. the Diplodocus could pockmarked as they remain: weathering
walk to any destination in the world. and continental drift removed the traces
Pangaea fissioned. Continents crawled of that early era here. The astroblemes
apart. That motion signified change of we know were sporadic latecomers. Yet
circulation in the mantle. The mystery lunar maria and Caloris prove that there
is-why did subterranean currents change were later impacts. Now life's origin
with 95% of Earth's history elapsed? here has been pushed back to J 'I� billion
Perhaps they changed before. Maybe. years BP. This may be the earliest pos­
earlier continents went their own ways. sible date. The Age of Caloris may set
then merged to form Pangaca. That the startline.
seems a dicey merger . . . and also be­ A similar event could determine the
tokens changes in that circulation. finish. There have been· sporadic sal­
The enormous scale must ensure that voes of large impacts since that first
change is rare. yet it occurs. What is aeon. Vredevoort was one of the more
its cause? Water boiling in your electric recent bursts . In December 1979, Eng­
kettle seems to churn at ,random, the lish astronomers advanced a possible
churning however follows its own laws. explanation. Sol tours round the Galaxy
On a larger scale, at vastly slower pace. every couple of megacenturies. Some
circulation in the mantle may also be corners of the spiral anns may be heav­
stochastic. I would be unsurprised to i l y charged with solid debris. Passage
hear that it is driven by phase-changes through these is responsible for in­
as much heat-transfer. But could outside creases in i mpacts .

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I read further fresh data at the same In general. the metals segregate no bet­
time. Richter 1 2 seemed near the sei­ ter than here. That crater was a special
smic limit. Astrophysicists sec an ex­ case.
planation for bursts of energy from This is what I visualize. lnfill for that
pulsars and put them down to seisms in incandescent crater began and. stayed
the quasi-solid crust of the neutroo hot. It took decades and centuries to
stars. They assess those seisms at Ri­ cool. Heavy, noble metals sank to the
chter Magnitude l 7. Close on l 0" ergs! bottom . Temperatures were too high for
That puts the Solar System in its place! non-volatile, ignoble metals to stay in
A mercenary conclusion. The first chemical combination. These reduced
teratons of Java pouring into the Caloris and sank upon the heavier stuff. Meg­
crater were hot and fluid beyond all atons and gigatons, all in one resplend­
Earthly magma. Now Mercury is as ent plug, neatly ·stratified by density.
dense as Earth. Its rocks contain as Who will join me in floating an issue
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Glorious news! The Expedition to the have instituted new regulations and re­
lndics has returned safely . having dis­ organized our managcri1cnt structure .
...:ovcrcd and claimed new lands! applying the management procedures
After sailing for 70 days. at 2 A . M . that have proven so effective in the
on October 1 2 . 1492 we first sighted Department of Exploration <DOE).
land. We sailed for a further three 2 . I n this matrix management system
months. exploring. charting. sighting each employee knows exactly who his
and landing on many islands . meeting supervisors are. In its ultimate form he
natives. and trading for objects of gold. is placed within a line or functional or­
In December we lost the Santa Maria ganization: pilot-navigators i n the Nav­
on a reef. On March 4th the. Nina an­ igation Division. seamen in the Labor
chored at Lisbon for refit and returned Division. cabin boys in the Supernu­
to our home port with the Pinta on merary �ivision. soldiers in the Protec­
March 1 5 . tive Force Division. clerks and pursers
We will make celebrations and give i n the Personnel Administrative Divi­
solemn thanks for the great exaltation sion . etc. Individuals are then selected
which this victory will have. and assigned to specific programs. Their
Christophcr Columbus work is directed by the line managers
Admiral of the Ocean Sea with coordin ation by the program man­
agers. They report in both directions
To: C. Columbus. Admiral of the Ocean (vertically, within the line organization ,
Sea (AOS) and horizontally. to the program man­
From: Program Manager/Dept. of Dis­ ager) as circumstances require. Certain
coveries individuals may work on several pro­
Lcon and Castile National Sea grams simultaneously and thus report
Laboratory to a number of program managers. Ru­
Symbol: PM/DOD (LACNSL) mors of simultaneous assignments to
Subj ect: Operational Procedures different fleets are false.
I . Because our reorganization occurred 3 . In your specific situation, voyages
while you were away on official travel of discovery are handled by Program
your lapse from proper procedures will Managers in the Department of Discov­
be overlooked this time. · However, in eries (PM/000). Specialists in details
the future you will refrain frolll com­ of the areas to be searched are placed
municating with the Sovereigns. in the appropriate Explorations func­
' 2 . You will submit your program plan tional organization; you arc i n Western
for a proposed second voyage across. the Explorations (WX) Division.
Western Ocean directly to this office.
To: PM/DOD
To: C . Columbus, AOS Fm: C. Columbus, Admiral of the
Fm: Chief. Administration Ocean Sea

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Subject: Personnel Reassignment one in his box and a box for everyone"
Assigning people to Divisions by dis­ simplifies our task immensely. If indi­
cipline means you are breaking up viduals are assigned to �nctional or­
good, established teams. Our crews and ganizations that they believe they do not
officers have built up special expertise belong in, it is their own fault; they
and have high morale, which we will should have planned ahead when they
need for our Second Voyage. began· their apprenticeship. Morale
Furthermore, you cannot pirate our problems, if they really exist, are your
people to staff your expanding program concern and not that of the manage­
offices if you expect us to do well in ment. You, not we, hllve the respon­
the future. sibility of getting t_he assigned task
done. The best organizational experts
To: C. Columbus, AOS and consultants have told us we are cor­
Fm: PM/DOD rect, and we see no need for another
Subj: Personnel Complaints Employee Attitude Survey. You sailors
I . Piracy is. a hanging offense and you are all complainers, anyway.
will not use that word.
2. We decided it is most efficient to To: C. Columbus, AOS
assign people to Divisions by discipline Fm: PMIDOD
(Navigation, Labor, etc) even if it did Subj: Written Reports
mean breaking up established teams. I . Because some interest in your first
For too long, special tasks and programs voyage has been expressed by the fund­
have been assigned to small teams. The ing agency, our office has decided to
crews of your three previous vessels are publish formal reports.
prime examples of this elitism. We have 2. You will furnish us with two reports,
decided the overall organization will an unclassified one written i,n the style
benefit if we rotate personnel to new of ··scientific Spaniard" and a classi­
assignments as the tasks open up, thus fied document. The second report will
ensuring a more universal distribution be classified S-NSI (Secret-National
of skills. That explains why we have Sea Information) and must be classified
reassigned your pilot-navigator to the by paragraph.
Northern Fleet, searching for the Isles
of the Blessed. Your new pilot-navi­ To: C. Columbus, AOS
gator is a recent graduate of the Famous Fm: Parking Compliance Office
Navigators School and we are sure he Subj: Parking Violation
will do an excellent job. As a new grad­ J Parking regulations have been estab­

uate his salary is lower, which will help lished and will be found in the Super­
your budget. visors Manual. You are in violation in
3. You �eem to be unable to understand the following respect: Ocean-going. ves­
the rationale behind reassigning person­ sels are divided into two categories,
nel, with your whining_about . .morale" compact and full-size. Vessels with
and "breaking up good. teams. " FJ"om cargo capacity of 50 tonnes burthen or
the viewpoint of management, "every- greater are defined as full-size.

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2. On 14 March 1493. you dropped an­ I . You will prepare an Operating Plan
chor on the Nina and the Pinta in the for Fiscal Years 1493 and 1494. which
compact vessel portion of the roadstead. shall include a month-by-month projec­
3. A citation has been issued and you tion of costs. expressed in terms of both
are fined. which fine shall be deducted manpower and money. You are to count
from your wages. on-board support people (cabin boys.
4. If you wish . you can file a written clerks) as 0.5 Full Time Equivalents:
complaint to the Parking Hearing Of­ everyone else is one FTE each. You
ficer, who will render a decision which should indicate an expected attrition
will be final and binding on all parties. caused by scurvy. fights. storms. hostile
natives. sea serpents, etc. and you
To: Parking Hearing Officer should account for this diminution of
Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the staff. You are, of course, authorized to
Ocean Sea recruit help from the natives; carry them
Subj: Parking Violations-Nina and as non-salaried crew members.
Pinta 2 . You have not yet submitted your for­
On March 14, 1493, our ships re­ mal work statement (Revisable Program
turned from a seven month voyage . Description) to us and to PM/DOD for
Upon arrival in the roadstead we found FY 1493- 1 498. You claim that you will
mooring buoys labelled "C." which we search, search. and search again until
believed meant "Caravel," not "Com­ you find the direct route to the lndies.
pact." I appeal the fine on the basis of We. require that you submit your plan
not having been notified of these pro­ for search and research, with mile­
cedures. stones, expected discoveries and the
By the way. I cannot find anything benefits therefrom.
on this subject in the Supervisors' Man­
ual. The manual is so overcrowded now To: Fiscal Management Office
that I cannot fit new bulletins into it as Fm: C. Columbus, Admiral of the
they are issued. Surely. the sign of a Ocean Sea
decadent organization must be an over­ Subj: Planning Documents
weight manual of procedures. We have I cannot go into detail you require
rules and regulations for everything, regarding a five-year search plan or
with procedure more important than work statement. If I knew what I will
substance. be doing in five years I would be doing
it now.
To: C. Columbus, AOS In costing-out the annuals OPLANs
Fm: Parking Hearing Officer I find the indirect costs (overhead) are
Subj: Parking Violations rising excessively. Currently at 60% of
I . Rejected. Ignorance is no excuse. direct (salary, etc) costs, they seem to
be increasing by ten points per year. If
To: C. Columbus, AOS this continues. in FY 1498 they will
Fm: Fiscal Management Office equal 1 10% of direct costs. Can you
Subj: Call for OPLANs find a way to control them?

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Also, the 5% surcharge imposed by Subj: Planning
the Program Managers Office is exces- · I . Your long range plans have been re­
sive. I resent having to subsidize those viewed by the SMG (Senior Manage­
who are harassing me. Do you realize ment Group) and our consultants. the
that we have to teach the managers what DODDERERs (Deputy Over-Directors
we do, so they can then supervise us? Doing Early Retirement and Extended
Research). They find your plans elusive
To: C. Columbus. AOS and insubstantial. More detail is re­
Fm: Fiscal Management Office quired.
Subj: Financial Policies
I . It is true that indirect costs are in­ .To: PMIDOD
creasing. However. they are calculated Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the
as a fraction of your direct costs. I f you Ocean Sea
do not gain control of your direct costs Subj: Paperwork .
and operating and maintenance costs, Is it true that paper is now our most
you will be forced to reduce the wages important product?
of your crews or sail with fewer per­
sonnel or ships. We intend to cut the To: C. Columbus, AOS
fat from your budget. Fm: Equal Employment/Affirmative
2. You sho�ld be pleased to learn that Action
we have decided to maintain the ratio Subject: Employment Conditions
of in-house managers to staff_at the cur­ I. During your recent voyage you
rent level. We realize that the mana­ claimed new territories for the Crown.
gerial staff cannot continue to expand, 2. In your OPLAN you describe the
so we have recently sent a Request for natives you recruited as • 'unpaid crew­
Quotations to outside agencies, seeking men. . . Although these crewpersons are
management, administrative. and tech­ not full citizens they live in Crown ter­
nical skills. These organizations will ritory and must be accorded the rights
assist us in coordination and manage­ of citizens. They must receive the min­
ment. The cost will come out of over­ imum wage. Furthermore. you will pre­
head. pare a training plan to upgrade their
qualifications so they will become eli­
To: C. Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean gible for more responsible positions.
Sea
Fm: WX-Division Leader To: C. Columbus, AOS
Subj: Harassment Fm: Associate Director for Exploratory
You are fortunate that the managers Sciences
ask you to teach them before they begin Subj: Performance Appraisals
supervision. Other fleet commanders I . Please prepare evaluations of your
have not been so lucky. Hang in there. senior staff, describing their assign­
ments and performance during the re­
To: C. Columbus, AOS cent voyage. In turn. they will prepare
Fm: PM/DOD evaluations of their subordinates.

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2. This year, we will include a summary cies. Our sponsor�. the funding agen­
word describing each employee' s over­ cies, deal with us rol•tJnely and would
aJIIpcrformance: outstanding. very good, only be confused i f we brought in the
satisfactory. marginal, or unsatisfac­ names of people they have not met.
tory. Note that. by definition, "out­ 2 . Classification is what we say it is .
standing ' ' requires consistently "Nautical Week" would not even look
exceptional performance. "Satisfac­ at our reports, let alone publish them,
tory' · means that the job requirements if they were not classified.
are being met.
3 . You should have very few outstand­ To: C. Columbus, AOS
ing people, probably no unsatisfactory Fm: Parking Compliance Officer
performers. and very few marginal Subj: Parking Violation
ones. Effectively. you will be catego­ 1 . Our records show this is your second
rizing your personnel as satisfactory or violation
very good. Please try your best, espe­ 2. Yesterday 'a small. oar-propelled
cially in selection of the one-word sum­ craft. safety-rated for six persons, was
mary. Remember a key part of the tied up along the Full-Size Vessel sec­
Hippocratic Oath: • 'First, do no harm. " tion of the pier.
3 . As commanding officer you are re­
To: PM/DOD sponsible. You are hereby issued a ci­
Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the tation and informed that a fine has been
Ocean Sea imposed, which will be deducted from
Subj: Publications your wages.
Our article appeared in "Scientific 4. Future violations will be met with
Spaniard" under your name, not mine, administrative measures. commencing
and the acknowledgements were omit­ with a suspension from duties without
ted! Explain this theft! pay.
O�r classifi�d article appeared ver­ 5. You may pursue the established
batim in ' 'Nautical Week and Sea Tech­ grievance or administrative review pro­
nology . " including the figures, charts . cedure (see the Supervisors Manual on
graphs. and tables. Only the classifi­ Corrective Actions and Administrative
cation labels were removed. This is an Review).
obvious violation of security regula­
tions. Also. the only name mentioned To: C. Columbus, Admiral ofthe Ocean
is yours! Sea
Fm: WX-Division Office
To: C. Columbus. AOS Subj: Appraisal of Your Performance
Fm: PM/DOD We really wish we could have rated
Subj: l'ublicatioos your performance during the current re­
I . Obviously only the name� of Pro­ view period as "outstanding . " How­
gram Management personnel should ever, the definition requires consistently
appear on external publications. lt is our exceptional performance and we find
function to interface with outside agen- from the log books that several periods

76 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


of time elapsed during which you did ture: we must watch our budget.
not discover new lands. Furthermore. 3 . Solution to the problem of scurvy is
you did lose the Santa Maria. We would of long-term interest and we encourage
have rated your performance only as your work in this field. We suggest you
· · very good . · · for those reasons. prepare a program plan and submit it
However. the program manager who to the Office of Advanced (Non-pro­
has cognizance ov.er your activities has grammatic) Research and Develop­
direct input into your performance ap­ ment. We have no funds that we can
praisal. He stated his displeasure at your dedicate to this task. Perhaps you can
failure to provide the necessary docu­ obtain funding from them.
mentation and other paperwork he asked
for. He could not rate you as '-'unsat­ To: C. Columbus. AOS
isfactory· ' because of your positive ac­ Fm: Training Office
complishments. but wished to rate your Subj: Upgrading of Native Crewpersons
performance as only "marginal." We I . We understand you are having prob­
compromised and your performance rat­ lems qualifying for higher ratings the
ing is · 'satisfactory . '". crewpersqns you acquired on your
For ''Development Plans' ' the pro­ Western voyage. We would like to help.
gram office expects you to devote more 2. We have reorganized the Training
attention to the following procedures Office with enlarged staffing. so now
established by the organization. we can take on training of non-citizens.
We also have instituted a bilingual ed­
To: WX Division Office ucation program.
Fm: C. Columbus, Admir�l of the 3. Unfortunately . we cannot send the
· Ocean Sea crewpersons to our special school be­
Subj: My Performance Appraisal cause the "travel-for-training" budget
has been cut.
To: PM/DOD 4. However, be assured that we have
Fm: C. Columbus, Admiral of the every confidence in our capability to
Ocean Sea help your people. We have correlated
Subj: Scurvy our Figures-of-Merit (number of train­
On long voyages crewmen are com­ ing office personnel per student, and
ing down with scurvy. Can you work cost of training per student) and find
on finding a cure? them both in phase and increasing, so
we know we are doing well. We are
To: C. Columbus, AOS doing very well i�eed.
Fm: PM/DOD
Subj: Advanced Development Program To: All Employees
I . You asked that a cure be found for Fm: Director
scurvy. Subj: Family Days
2. You were able to return from your I . On the second weekend in June all
voyage with most of the crew alive, so facilities and vessels will be open to the
this appears to be a needless hpendi- public.

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2. You ''ill arrange display�. tours. and 2. l t is our policy that �ertain goals he
dcrnon�trath.•lh. They must not interfere met. for ·which purpose this department
with the mdcrly pursuit of work. All will work closely with you.
areas will he clean and safety hazurcb
eliminated. Money will be taken from To: C. Columbus. AOS
the Recreation rund and used to pay for Fm: PMIDOD
minstrels to entertain the visitors. Subj: PM Representation
I . Should your second voyage be ap­
To: Master Supervisors List proved. representatives of the Program
Fm: Administration Manager will accompany you for the
Subj: Professional Titles purpose of negotiating with the Great
I. The Senior Management Group Khan. Our office will contract for the
< S M G ) has decided that all employees exchange of goods and services and will
should be numerically graded. We will arrange delivery schedules. You will
start with the seamen I S M s ) . giving not conduct any negotiations by your­
them a rating level of SM-1 up through self. Any meetings must be attended by
SM-•>. our official representatives. Those in­
2. You will assign a rating number to dividuals will have the final say. and
each S M . based on your evaluation of will inform you of your responsibilities
qualifications and performance. consid­ in meeting the cargo delivery schedule.
ering training. education. experience. ctc. Failure to comply with the sched­
seniority. and general worth to the or­ ules will reflect adversely upon your
ganization. Guidelines will follow. next performance appraisal.
3. lt is imperative that all SMs agree 2 . We are certain we will have your
that the rating level assigned them is cooperation. especially if you ·wish to
fair. Remember. they will compare have your theories vindicated. Remem­
their ratings against that of their col­ ber. we have many junior Program
leagues pulling on the same capstan bar Managers who have not yet been to sea
or setting the same sails. and they know and who are eager to go. Several will
their own worth at least as well as you. be aboard as observers. critiquing your
4. We are certain that once we have a decisions and debriefing you at the end
box for everyone and everyone in his of each watch. They will send periodic
box the organization will run more letter reports by carrier pigeon. We will
smoothly. judge the success of your next voyage
by the regularity of those reports and
To: C. Columbus. AOS their description of how well you func­
Fm: Equal Employment/Affirmative tion as a member of the LACNSL team.
Action
Subj: Undcrutilization of Minorities To: WX-Division Leader
I . After SMs were given numerical rat­ Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the
ings we determined that there is an un­ Ocean Sea
derutilization of minorities lfrom the Subj: Options
new Western islands) in upper levels. I believe I have only two choice� left:

78 Analog SC'ie11ce Fictioll!Scil•m·e Fact


follow these fantastic procedures or take emment_monopoly, so I will indeed just
early retirement. Have you any advice? · ' hang in there . · · I will be going to sea
soon: I may even decide to come back.
To: C . Columbus. AOS
Fm: WX-Division Leader To: C. Columbus. AOS

Subj : Options Fm: WX-Division Leader


Hang in there: sanity must return. Subj: Second Voyage
By the way. I am approaching the Afraid it's too fate. This morning.
mandatory retirement age myself and without notifying us. the PM/000 sent
will be leaving soon. Have you consid­ the fleet to sea. They encountered a se­
ered applying for my job? l t involves vere storm and went down with all
desk work instead of field work and a hands. It will be interesting to sec how
different degree of harassment. ofcourse. they get out of this one.

To: Director
To: Director
Fm: PM/DOO
Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the
Subj : Investigation into the Loss of C.
Ocean Sea
Columbus· Fleet
Subj: Is Paper Really Our Most Impor­
I. A court of Inquiry. consisting of
tant Product?
members of PMIDOD and the DOD­
The enclosed files (three mule-loads
DERERs. has investigated the loss of
worth) will show you the difficulty 1
the C. Columbus fleet.
have had in get!ing my job done. Can
2. We concluded that loss of the fleet
you help?
was caused by the failure of C. Colum­
bus (formerly AOS) to make adequate
fo: PM/DOD and WX-Division
preparations and to follow the pr�­
Fm: Director
Subj: Columbus scribcd procedures.
3. We recommend that C. Columbus be
l . Who is this C. Columbus person?
tried and executed.
My office has never heard of him.
4. Furthermore. it is appa.Eent that this
failure to adequately prepare for sea was
To: WX-Division Leader
due in part to our inability to exercise
Fm: C. Columbus. Admiral of the
sufficient and close supervision over
Ocean Sea
Subj: Options day-to-day details. Thus we further rec­
ommend that the Project Manager's
No thanks; I wouldn't want your job.
staff be enlarged. including supplemen­
At least I can go to sea now and then.
tary in-house personnel. resident con­
I had considered moving West to the
sultants. and outside contractors.
Leeward Lisbon Laboratory (LLL) but
they discovered hybrid matrix 'manage­ To: PM/DOD
ment before we did. so they must be in Fm: Director
even worse condition.,· I cannot set up Subj: Court of Inquiry Findings and
my own company of merchant adven­ Recommendations
turers and explorers because of the gov- I . Accepted •
Sailillg Through Pro�ram Managemem 79
F. Paul WDson

When two beings disagree


there's a good chance one of them
knows something the other doesn't.
But it can be very difficult to tell which.
..
The knife made a crisp. rasping sound excisions far more often than you .
as it sliced through Vencem's skin. The Vcncem nodded with an overt lack
area over the left deltoid had been of concern . He didn't want the doctor
numbed with ice before the procedure to think him overly conscious of his
and he felt only a sensation of prc:-.surc. health-that would be unseemly for a
a mild discomfort. hunter.
.
The dark green of the epidermis .. How·s Rana? . Baken asked.
parted cleanly to reveal the lighter der­ The question surprised Vcneem . The
mis below. This in turn gave way and doctor had met his daughter. of
exposed the pink . of the subcutanepus course-he had been to the house often
fat. Blood appeared in a slow. red ooze enough during the early stages of the
as the doctor completed the eliptical in­ arm's regeneration. and during Nola's
cision around the growth. lt was a tiny final illness-but he didn't think Rana
hand and forearm this time. mottled had made enough of an impression on
green with minute. articulated fingers. the man that he'd be asking about her.
Veneem had put off the excision for as ''She's well. If I can keep her out of
long as he could because the growths trouble she'll make someone a fine wife
so often withered and fell off on their someday . ' '
own. But this one had kept on growing . Baken smiled. "If she stayed out of
so now he was back at Dr. Baken's add­ trouble. she wouldn't be Rana."
ing another scar to his collection. Veneem had to agree. yet he won­
As the segment of skin supporting the dered how the doctor could make such
growth was removed, blood filled the a precise observation. He brushed the
cavity and overflowed onto the arm. matter aside-everyone knew Rana.
The doctor quickly wiped it away and Now to the matter of settling the fee.
began suturing. Three deft ties and the ''Get you a rabbit for this-that do?'·
wound was closed. After a compress "Nicely. Before the half-moon. if
was applied and a clean cloth wrapped you can. My meat supply is getting
around the area to hold it in place. Ven­ low.''
eem rose to his feet. "You 'll have it tomorrow or the next
"See you in five or six days." Dr. day.'' He took his fur jacket from a
Baken said. dropping the excised growth hook on the wall and gingerly slipped
and the excess thread on the garbage his left arm in first. Venecm was of
pile i n the corner. ·'Those ·sutures ought average height and heavily muscled,
to be ready to be pulled by then." more so than most hunters.. but moved
Veneem nodded. He knew the rou­ with a feline grace that was the sine qutl
tine. "Tell me something. . . he said non of his profession. With the jacket
after a pause. "Don't I get an awful lot cinched securely around him. he cov­
of these things?" ered his shiny green scalp with a cloth
"No, not particularly . They're fairly cap. nodded brusquely to Baken and
common in regenerated limbs but the stepped out into the cold.
incidence varies between individuals. · His eyes immediately s�anned the
I've got a number of patients who need ground for game tracks. Sheer reflex-he

82 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


knew he'd find nothing; the ground its eye instead of glancing off its skull.
around Baken 's hut was an indecipher­ Perhaps then the enraged beast wouldn' t
able clutter of comings and goings and have butted Nola. half-crushing her
waitings-around. Pulling his horse out chest. nor gored his left ann so badly
from the shelter. he slid up onto its bare that Dr. Baken was forced to remove
back and trotted eastward along the it at the shoulder. The arm took a full
road. Denuded trees stood stiff and still five seasons to regenerate. Nola died of
on either side as an icy grey sky threat­ the fever shortly after the accident.
ened more snow. And life had not been quite the same
Veneem liked snow. He detested the since.
cold that came with it. but winter was No sound, no further movement came
inevitable , and so if it must be cold. let from the thicket. He strained to see. but
it snow. Let it be a wet snow that stuck the outlines of objects began to blur
to the. trees and etched them in white beyond two man-lengths. He saw noth­
against a darkening sky. Let it snow ing out of the ordinary. Couldn't have
briefly. frequently. no more than a fin­ been a hairy anyway-they simply
ger's breadth at a time-just enough to weren't seen around here anymore. Just
erase the stale tracks and highlight the as well . . . his crossbow was at home.
fresh. At such times small game hunting Giving the horse's flanks a jab with
was as easy as picking wild berries. his leather-shod heels. he continued on
He was perhaps halfway home when his journey. As he turned off the main
a movement, a darting shape in the road onto the path that led to his home,
thicket to bis right, caused him to pull his gaze roamed the ground in search ·
his mount up shar:ply and peer jnto the of wheel tracks. There were none. He
gloom. His searching eyes found noth­ began to curse softly and steadily as he
ing. He could have sworn he'd seen a rode and was in a foul mood by the time
shadow moving in a tangle. A big he reached the house.
shadow. Almost big enough to be a . .Rana!" he called after tethering bis
• hairy. He cursed the overcast sky. If the horse to the nearest low-hanging branch.
sun were out he'd have a better chance The main structure of the house was a ­
for a second look . . . if there was low dome of hardened clay with four
really anything there to see. small windows-boarded now against
His eyes weren't what they used to the cold-and a single entrance. Push­
be; hadn't been for a few years now. ing aside the double hanging of cured
This was no casual admission-it was hides that covered the doorway, he en­
his most carefully guarded secret. He tered and called again.
was a hunter and his eyes were his life, ''Rana!''
his reputation, his means of support. his The girl came out of one. of the two
protection. sleeping rooms at the rear of the house.
Protection! He snorted a disgusted She had her father's long face and high
puff of fog into the air. If his vision had cheekbones, but her dark eyes were her
been better perhaps the bolt he· d loosed mother's. The fire in the hearth flick­
at that charging boar would have found -ered off her face and bare scalp, darker

Green Winter 83
green than usual now due to the in­ lots of' sun-soaking. food and rest . had
creased time she was spending indoors. replaced his left arm. But the time
1t was warm inside and she wore only needed for convalescence had also preyed
a simple tunic that hid her thin. wiry on his mind. The other hunters had seen
frame and rcdu<.:ed her small breasts to to it that he was kept well Stocked with
almost imperceptible swell. provisions during the regenerative pe­
· ' Something wrong? ' · She was nine­ riod: this was a tradition . but he'd
teen summers and spoke with a clear . chafed at being an invalid . dependent
high voice. on the benificence of others. He had
"Yes! The delivery was to have been always been a producer and the role of
made at sunrise today. Absolutely no passive consumer did not sit well. He
later-the Elders promised ! · · had been First Hunter before the acci­
"We still have some cheese left and dent. During his period of forced in­
.
there's plenty of meat . . activity other hunters had vied for the
"That' s not the point. The supplies vacant position. This was naturnl and
were supposed to be here by now and he fel t no resentment. However. by the
they arcn 't!' · time he was ready to go into the field
" I ' m sure you have a pretty good again . his reputation had faded a�d
..
idea of why they're late, Rana said there had not been opportunity yet to
after a short pause. reassert his prominence. To date. no
" I don't have any such thing!" he one in the enclave was generally rec­
lied and pulled his jacket off with angry. ognized as First Hunter.
.ierking motions. oblivious to the dis­ In ways he could see and in ways he
comfort he caused in his left arm. Of · could not . Rana had changed. too. She
course he knew why the supplie� were was now prone to long absences from
late: the Elders disapproved of Ran::t and home and to loud. pointed questions
her overt disrespect for their authority. whenever she attended a plenum. For
and this was how they chose to show every point of the Law she had a.
it. They'd have never dared such a tactic "Why?" For every Revealed Truth she
while he was First Hunter. but many had a host of doubts. Rana had become
things had changed since the accident. a nettle in the collective breeches of the
His home. for instance. Rana had Elders.
moved easily and naturally into the void And that could be dangerous.
left in the household by her mother's "They're goading you . " she said.
death-preparing his meals . minister­ • 'They want you to bring me into line
ing to his arm while it regenerated. and this is their way of telling you . · '
doing her best to keep his spirits up. ''They'd be falling all over each other
But nothing she could do would fill the trying to supply me with faTm goods i f
void in his spirit or allay his snese of I were First Hunter again. ' •
loss or make him feel complete again. She came over- and hugged him.
Only time would do that. ..You are Fir-st Hunter- as faT as I ' m
Time was a fr-iend in that respect, and •. concerned, and you should be treated
an enemy i n others. Time, along with as such. You bring more meat into the

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enclave than any two other humers com­ so far. If you should ever be deemed
bined. It's only because of me that a threat ttl the order. even I won't be
they've held back on restoring your ti­ able to protect you . .
.

tle-they don't want a First Hunter who The squeak of wheels and the dup
can· t control his daughter.·· of hooves from down the path halted
Ycneem ran the fingertips of his left further discussion as they both went to
hand lightly over the glossy green the door. The supply wagon had ar­
smoothness of Rana·s scalp. He wanted rived.
to tell her that she was the center of his "SecT' Rana said. holding the hang­
life right now. that although her flagrant ings aside. "They've sent it late enough
disrespect for the Elders distressed him, to irk you. but not late enough to bring
he admired her fire. But he said nothing you after them. ' ·
of his feelings. l t was not his way to Orth, who had been driving. the sup­
show affection. never had been. and he ply wagon since Yeneem was a child,
couldn't change now. pulled the pair of horses to a stop in
' ' I guess I'm lucky you're not a front of the house. set the brake and slid
farmer." she said. "or I'd have been from the seat-not as smoothly nor as
taken off a long time ago. · ' quickly as he had of old, but still with
H i s voice was a low growl. ·'Then an unmistakable sureness to his move­
there·d have been some dead Elders a ments. He was swathed in furs and blan­
long time ago. The Elders are .the voice kets to such an extent that he no longer
of God in the world-1 believe that and looked quite human. Only his eyes
I revere them as such. But they'll never showed through the wraps--quick. dark.
hurt you. Rana. At least not while I darting pupils under heavy green lids
breathe. · · He pushed her gently to arm· s ringed with the white lines of age.
length and. resting both hands on her "You're late. Orth. · · Yeneem said
shoulders. gazed at her face. '·But why in a low voice. He knew he couldn't
do you do it? Why do you provoke them blame the old driver. but neither could
soT' he hide the menace in his mood as he
· ·Because everything they tell us is went out to meet him.
a lie! Everything ! " The utter contempt "I know . . , Orth's voice was muffled
in h�r voice made him cringe. by the layers of cloth covering the lower
''How can you say that with such half of his face . ·'The' Elders wouldn•t
certainty? The Elders are older and let me load up until a short while ago.
wiser than either of us. And when they You're the first stop. "
make a pronouncement . it is the Re­ Yeneem glanced back at Rana and
vealed Truth of God. · · shrugged. Still clad only in the thin
Rana's white teeth chewed briefly on tunic. she came out to help unload the
her lower lip. "Some other time. n�ilk. eggs. cheese and tlour.
Father. · · . . Did they give you any reason?" she
"Don't toy with them." he said with asked, shivering in the breeze.
an expression that matched the grimness · •something about missing supplies.
of his tone. · 'You can push them only Somebody said it looked like a hairy

Green Wimer 85
got into the supply shed last night. · · publicly recognize his primacy if he
Veneem was reaching for a large brought i n a hairy. He knew wh<.:!rc to
wheel of cheese when he heard the word start :he hunt-that gave him an
· · hairy . · · His head snapped towanJ Orth edge-but he'd have to leave now if he
whik the i·est of his body remained m was to have a chance. By morning the
position. beast would be far
from the rcg ion.
. . A hairy · > Last night·:·· Rana waited
for a reply. Receiving
".lust talk. I wouldn't �ivc it a sec­ none. �he hurried to her room and
ond___:.· · emerged with another crossbow.
Vcnccm whipped his body around in "No. Rana." Veneem said in a mat­
one abrupt motion and strode toward the ter-of-fact tone. "Not this time . · ·
hou�e. Ran a trotted after him carrying · 'Especially this time. father. I ' ve
a basket of eggs. never seen a live hairy and may never
"\Vhere are you going'!" get another chance-there just aren't
· · A ftcr that hairy . · · any left around here. . .
· · B u t you heard Orth: just ialk. Prob­ "No. Ranu." H i s voice was louder
ably an excuse to make the wagon unci firmer.
late . . . ''Yes1" she hissed with sudden.
"Any other time I ' d agree with you. unexplained intensity. · ' I 've handled a
But I saw this one just a short while bow and followed the trails with you
ago . · · Passin� through the doorway. he and mother since I was a child . . . I
headed directly for the northwest corner will not be left out of this!"
of the room where he kept his crossbow . Veneem knew from her tone and her
Rana's eyes were wide as she fol­ defiant posture that there was no point
lowed him. "And you didn't go after in arguing. She was showing her
.
it?' mother's side: when she made up her
"[ didn't know it was a hairy then. mind. that was that. He girded his cloak
I wasn't even sure I ' d really seen any­ around h i m with the broad belt that held
thing. Now I know." his supply of hunting bolts. hcfted his
. . B u t you can't leave now. It's past bow and brushed past her on his way
midday already ! · · to the door.
H e made no reply as he pulled his "Get your ttorsc then . "
doubly thick hunting cloak from a peg Outside . he helped Orth finish un­
and threw it over his shoulders. His res­ loading the supplies as Rana hurried
pirations were rapid and his skin tingled around to the lean-to behind the house.
with exhilaration. A hairy! There hadn't The supply wagon had been tur-ned and
been a confirmed sighting in years and was on its way down the path toward
the last kill had been longer ago than the road by the time she led her bridled
he cared to remember. horse around to the front.
He had to bag this one! It meant reaf­ Vencem was momentarily awed by
firmation of his status as First Hunter: her appearance. It had only been two
no matter how displeased the Elders years since her mother's death. yet i n
were with his daughter. they'd have to that short period she had grown from

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an awkward adolescent girl into a trees. then called back over his shoul­
woman. She stood there. her eyes shin­ der. "Tether the horses there. He's
ing in anticipation. wearing her mother·s headed toward the big rocks . . ,
hunting cloak with her mother's cross­ Rana did as she was bid and hurried
bow slung across her shoulder. His eyes after him. The trail was easy to follow.
were suddenly bleary with excess mois­ "Did it ever occur to you . " she said,
ture and his breath did not flow as easily coming abreast and matching his stride
as it should. Shuddering , he pulled him­ with her long thin legs . "that a hairy
self up on the horse's back. Maybe he may be more than just a dumb animal?"'
didn't deserve to be First Hunter She watched him carefully as he re­
again . . . he seemed to be losing his plied.
iron. If he kept on this way. he's soon "Never said the hairies were dumb.
be'a weepy . wilted old man before his In fact . they're the craftiest of all ani­
time. mals, as well as the tastiest. That's why
Expression set and teeth clenched . he they're such a prize . · ·
gathered up the reins. gave the horse a ··But the way they wrap their feet and
harder than necessary kick on its flanks bodies against the cold . . . doesn't that
and raced off down the path. Rana indicate a high level of intelligence to
hopped lightly onto her own mount and you?"
took chase. "Just imitation. They watcb us, they
They rode at full gallop west along steal our food and materials and copy
the road toward the enclave center until what we do. They're just game animals.
Veneem pulled sharply to a halt and It's Revealed Truth. "
dismounted near a high thicket. Rana "Revealed b y whom?"
overrode the spot and walked her horse • • Are we going to have to go through
back to where her father was now push­ that again? You're courting
ing his way into the chaotic tangle of sacrilege-just like at the last plenum
leafless branches. He became a vague when you made everyone so uncom­
shape, thrashing about and cursing as fortable with your impertinence. "
the smaller twigs. stiff with winter, . . Who revealed the 'truth' that the
poked at him from all sides. Finally . . . hairies are animals?" sbe repeated in
" I knew it! Rana, bring the horses a dogged tone.
around! ' ' "Don't ask foolish questions." His/
She led the animals back down the voice took on the sing-,song tone of a
road until she found a break in the recitation: ·'God made us in his image
brush. then guided them through. Ven­ and speaks through the Elders to guide
eem awaited her in a clearing behind us back to our place as the lords of cre­
the thicket. a short distance from the ation . Revealed Truths are the word of
road. He was pointing to the ground. God."
"Look---cloth-wrapped feet. Tracks "God made us. did he?" A taunting
everywhere . Cheese rinds. too. He was smile seeped onto her face . . . If that's
.
here. No doubt about it. . Veneem fol­ so. then we're following the tracks of
lowed the tracks a few paces into the God."

Green Winter 87
This statement b rought Yeneem to an thinking. That in itself was bad. But
abrupt halt. Rana. too. stopped . They there was more than a few ideas at st;tke
ra�:cd each other in silence . their breath here: the heretical views Rana now held
steaming. streamin g from nostrils and could enda nger her l i fe. That was what
pa ncd lips. concerned him most. If she should ever
' ' \Vhat madness is thi�T· he said in start �plwting such madness at a
a hoarse voice . . . \Vhy tlo you torment plenum-and she was impulsive enough
me with this blasphemy?"· to do just th �tt given th.: proper circum­
· · J don't mean to torment you. be­ stance-the Elders would be duty hound
lieve me. I just want you to know what to silence her.
I know. And now . while you're hunt ing Forever.
a hairy . . . it seems to be the best time And that would mean his end. as
to tell y o u . · · well. For he'd never allow anything to
· 'Tell m e what'? That our most highly happen to her while he could raise a
prized game animal is actually our Cre­ hand in her dcfcnsc. She was all he had
ator? ' · He started walking toward the left . really. There was no one he could
rocks again . . . , . m going to have Dr. truly call a close fricnd-Nola had been
Baken take a look at you tomorrow. that and a wife. too. They had formed
Maybe he can come up with an elixir a self-sufficient unit. the two of them-a
.
or s(Jmcthin g to-- . threesome after Rana arrived. There had
· · Bakcn is my source of informa­ never been any need for outsiders.
tion!" Now they were two: no matter how
Once more Ycncem stopped short. wrong she was. they would not be di­
The answers to a number of niggling vided.
questions were suddenly quite clear. They arrived at the big rocks. a pile
The doctor's inquiries about Rana this of huge stone shards that rose above the
morning were also explained. forest and stretched away into the haze
"Baken. eh·? That's where you've of the south. Yeneem searched along
been going when you disappear for a the base of the format ion until he found
whole day . . . He snorted . . . Who'd have the place where the tracks disappeared.
thought? So he's the one who's been "He started to climb here. · • As he
filling your head with this g arbage. I'll began to hoist himself up on the first
have to have a little t alk with Dr. rock in pursuit, Rana laid a gentle hand
Baken. , . on his shoulder.
"He's a good man. We became "Baken has books."
friends while he was treat ing you and Yeneem dropped back to the ground
mother after the accident." again but remained facing away from
·'He's a fool and worse if he's taught his daughter. Utter hopelessness began
you to blaspheme ! ' ' to settle upon him. Rana was getting in
Yeneem resumed his pu rsui t of the deeper and deeper. Hiding books from
hairy but found it almost impossible to the Elders was punishable by death. He
focus his attention on the trail. Dr. ground his teeth in frustration-he
Baken had somehow corrupted Rana's couldn't understand her; her constant

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questioning, her poking into things she until we've been exposed to light? No­
should leave alone. It was a good life body talks about that . . . the same way
under the Elders if you just tended to nobody admits that if you took a hairy,
your business . . . his voice was barely sheared his fuzz and stained him green,
audible when he spoke: he's look as human as we do! It's ob­
. . Books are forbidden. They're to be vious to anyone with eyes that we come
turned over to the Elders as soon as from the same stock . ' '
they're found." Veneem halted his .climb and turned
"That's so we won't find out what's to face Rana. Leaning his back against
inside them. Their authority would be a rock, he studied her a moment before
destroyed if it became generally known speaking. His anger seemed to have
that we're the descendant�worse, yet, dissipated and his tone was that of a
the creations�f the hairies!" patient parent speaking to a rather dull­
"Madness!" He still refused to look wined child. He raised his forearms
at her. diagonally before him, right angles at
"No! Baken's learned to read some the elbows, his palms on edge toward
of the books and he's teaching me. He's Rana. The tips of the right and left mid­
learned things. Incredible things. Things dle fingers touched lightly at eye level
that go against everything we've ever to form a point.
been taught . ' ' "This," he said, moving the right
" I have no wish to hear them, ' ' he arm, . . is the animal kingdom.
said as he found a foothold and began This"-the left arm moved-'1is the
climbing_ the rocks. plant kingdom. At the apex are you and
Rana scrambled after him. "You're I and our kin: humanity. the highest
going to have to listen to me. Father. form of life, the fusion of plant and
Bakeo told me of the time some hunters animal. We have the best attributes of
brought in the carcass of a pregnant both kingdoms. In lean times we can
bitch hairy. She'd been nearing her.time take a certain amount of nourishment
when they got her and he was able to from the sun. and should we lose a limb
examine the unborn baby. He says it we can grow a new one. No animal can
looked just like we do at birth! • • do that. Yet we can move around and
"Be quiet!" Veneem said angrily. go where we wish, use our hands to
He was climbing as quickly as he could, build, and eat and drink in the winter
whether in pursuit of the hairy or to months when the sun is W€:ak. No plant
escape his daughter's blasphemies, he can do that . "
wasn't quite sure. ·'The beast will hear He sighed. "Don't you see? Not only
us coming! " does what you say go against Revealed
But Rana refused to be put off and Truth, but against common sense as
kept pace. "Did you know that we're well. The hairies belong solely to the
all born w·ith pink skin and hair-hair animal kingdom. We are superior to
on our heads and above ou� eyes? Some­ them in every way. How could they
times fine hair on our arms and legs? have created us?''
And that our sk.in doesn't turn green "Baken says--"

Green Winter 89
. . 'Baken ··says!' " he mimicked. Elders for so long! We-''
'Baken says!' I'm sick of hearing Yeneem's right hand shot out and
about what Dr. Baken says! I'm after covered her mouth. A light shower of
a game animal now-it's my job. If you tiny sand particles had begun to fall.
cannot be silent. go wait by the horses!' ' sliding and bouncing down from the
Rana persisted. ''Baken says that rocks above. sprinkling their heads and
long ago the hairies took a cell from ·shoulders.
�'
a- "He's up there!" he whispered.
"Cell'! What's a cell'?'' "And if he has ears he's heard us."
"As Baken explains it: it's one of the Unslinging his bow. Veneem drew the
uncountable little capsules. invisibly gut string back to the last notch. set the
small. that make up the bodies of every trigger, and put one of his heaviest bolts
living thing. · · in the groove. To his left was a break
I t was Yeneem's turn to taunt. "Look in the rocks, about a man-length or so
at me! How many 'cells' do you see?" wide. He sidled over and peered into
"When you stand on a hill and look it. Empty. A high-walled gully sloped
at the beach. how many grains of sand upward for a short distance. then banked
do you see?'' She did not wait for an off to the right. With weapon at ready,
answer. "As I was saying. the hairies he began his ascent.
took a cell from a plant -and removed The floor of the gully was smooth-it
its nucleus-that's the thing in the cen­ probably served as a water run-off dur­
ter of the cell that controls it-and re­ ing the spring-and there were patches
placed it with the nucleus from a cell of ice in scattered recesses. He heard
of a hairy. For a while it ·was just a a sudden loud crunch from up around
curiosity, but then they learned how to the bend, then nothing. The sound was
grow an entire organism from one of repeated, followed by a series of lesser
these cells. And then we were born. The noises, and then a large boulder bounded
hairies are the real humans . . . we're around the curve in the gorge and came
their creations." rolling at him. Veneem gauged its path
Yeneem made a contemptuous. and ran upwards toward the bend, al­
snorting noise. • •A n d you mock m e for lowing the stone to bounce off the far
blindly accepting the teaching of the wall and pass him on his left.
Elders! Look what you've just said: Reaching the curve, he saw it-a
you've told me of something called a buck hairy. Tall. thin, full mane on head
'cell' which you admit you've never and face; his torso and lower legs were
seen--can't see-and then about some­ wrapped in tattered cloth and he had just
thing else inside this 'cell.· Then you kicked loose a second boulder. With no
tell me that the beasts who have to steal time to aim properly, Yeneem chanced
food from us to survive the winter ac­ a quick shot from waist level. The hairy
tually grew us from one of these myth­ howled in pain and clutched its left thigh
ical little capsules. Really. Rana! Who's as Yeneem leaped to avoid the oncom­
the fool?" ing stone juggernaut.
" We're all fools for believing the Too late. He misjudged its ungainly

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wobbling roll and it struck him a glanc­ killed like the wild game they are! "
ing blow on the· rib cage as it passed. Rana nearly leaped at her father. Her
Pain lanced up to his left shoulder and patience was as frayed as his and had
down along his flank as he fell on his been further thinned by seeing him in­
back and began to slide down the gully jured. She blamed herself for that-if
head first. For a few heartbeats he could she hadn't talked so much, they might
not draw a breath. Then, as his oxygen­ have been able to take the hairy by sur­
starved mind was about ta panic, air prise instead of the other way around.
began to gush in and out of his lungs But it was his unshakable orthodoxy . . .
in ragged gusts. He hauled himself into "How many •game animals' have set
a sitting position and waited for the pain a trap for you, father? That's not just
to subside. a wild beast up there!"
Rana had heard the wail of the Veneem rose slowly, painfully to his
wounded hairy· and she now peered feet. "No more of your fever dreams,
around the corner of the gully. Seeing please. I've more pressing matters to
her father leaning against the rocks with attend to. Silence, now!"
his hand pressed against his ribs, she "No! I want you to think about what
dropped her bow and scurried up to his I've said before you kill it."
side. "l am thinking and I've been think­
"You all right?" Her expression was ing. You must think! If the hairies bad
frantic. the power and the intelligence to create
Still gasping, Veneem nodded and us, what happened to them? Where is
pointed back the way they had come. their mighty civilization? Answer me
"He�p me up. I wounded him but he that ! "
still might be dangerous." "Baken says"-Veneem growled at
Rana took his bow and his arm and the name--· •that in their toying with the
led him back to safety. When they stuff of life they somehow altered one
reached their previous position, Veo­ of the things that make us sick and a
eem sank to his knees. great plague swept the world. A famine
"We'll let him bleed." followed. After that. those who didn't
"Where'd you get him?" get sick or starve to death went mad,
"Leg." killing each. other and destroying their
Her eyes darted back and forth as her cities. We survived. The plague had no
mind seemed to race. "Then we can effect on us and we could augment our ·

take him alive ! " nourishment by sun-soaking. We mul­


"Never!" Veneem was getting his tiplied while they died.
wind back. "Only a few hairies are left. They
"We must! We may never get an­ hide in the ruined cities. That's why
other chance like this to learn the truth we're forbidden to go there-because
about the hairies." we'd find out that the 'Truths' of the
"I already know the truth ! ' . He spat Elders are lies and their hold would be
the words. "And it's part of the Law broken ! "
that all hairies must be hunted down and "Very clever," Veneem said with a

Green Winter 91
slow, sad shake of his head. ·•or. against the far wall.
Baken has managed to twist everything. The bones of her right foot must have
Everyone knows, and Revealed Truth made a sickening noise as they were
confirms. that we built the cities ages crushed. but it was lost in the loud crack
ago. They are now forbidden because of one rock striking another with shat­
they were the cause of our fall from tering force.
grace. When we built them we sepa­ Rana writhed on her side, her face
rated ourselves from the land and the contorted in agony. Low guneraJ sounds.
sun. For that we were punished-the half moan. half grunt, escaped between
cities were destroyed by God and we her clenched teeth as she tried to move
.
were banished from them forever . . the stone off her foot.
He rubbed his injured ribs gingerly. After a shocked, frozen instant, Ve­
then snatched his bow from Rana. neem broke into a run and passed Rana
"No more talk! I'm going to find without a second look. He had to reach
another way up there, and when I get the hairy before the next rock came.
to him I'll finish him." Rounding the bend, he saw the beast.
Rana watched him briefly as he began It was desperately trying to dislodge a
to reload the weapon, then wheeled and larger stone. one that would surely fin­
ran to the edge of the gully where she ish Rana if .it started to roll. But it was
had dropped her own bow. After check­ wounded-its left leg was covered with
ing to see that the bolt was still in place, fresh blood-and its strength wasn't up
she called over her shoulder in a low to the task. When it saw the green fury
voice: that was Veneem charging up the gully.
"I'm going up this way. If I have to it becan to retreat.
hit him in the other leg to bring him The hairy clawed and scrambled
down, I will. But I'm going to take him along the ledge. its wounded leg drag­
alive." ging like an anchor. There was some­
Veneem's voice was strained as he thing almost like human fear in its eyes
jolted forward. "Stay out of there-he's as it glanced over its shoulder at him.
still dangerous!" something almost human about the gib­
Rana ignored him and entered the berish that burst from its mouth. some­
gully. He finished loading as quickly thing almost human in the way it rolled
as he could and went after her. He on its back and frantically waved its
watched as she moved swiftly, cau­ hands as Veneem stood within arm's
tiously up the center of the gorge. She length and aimed his crossbow at its
was almost to the bend when Veneem head.
saw the stone. 1t was smaller than its But it died like any other animal when
predecessors-about the size of a hu­ the bolt split its skull.
man head-and had been thrown rather
than rolled. It bounced once on the ' ' I think you're going to lose it,"
granite floor, then flew straight for Veneem said as he gave Rana' s foot a
Rana. She made to dive out of its way final inspection. It was swollen, mis­
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Green Winter 93
those eyes . . . he· d never looked a The Elders would have no choice then
hairY in the e\·es hefore . . . not while hut to order your death. Third. because
it H'as alii'(' and near and aji·aid . . . ) this catch makes me First Hunter be­
He shook himself irritably and sliced yond any doubt. And last . . . · · He
a few small pieces off the shank. Drop­ paused.
ping them into a wooden bowl. he then ( . . . those eyes . . . 'that gibber-

reached over to place them in his daugh­ ish . . . almost like words . . . )
.
ter's lap. . And last"-hc was forcing himself
. to spea k steadily-"! killed the hairy
Rana fended him off. . Get that away
from me!" because it's the Law that all hairies are
She was physically and emotionally to be killed. They're very scarce now
spent and Veneem did his best to be and we may never see one again. But
solicitous. if I should come upon another .
" B etter eat it. You'll need all the I l l . . . I ' l l kill it. And that settles the
'

nourishment you can get when regen­ matter. · ·


eration starts. especially since. there· s Rana had slowly turned her gaze from
no sunlight worth mentioning this time the fire to her father as he spoke. She
of year." sensed something. something no one
' ' I ' m no cannibal . " Her words were else could have detected. A slow smile
clipped and sharp. spread across her face.
"Don't be foolish-you must be "You're bluffing! I thought l heard
starved . I know I am." it in your voice and now I see it in your
Rana eyed the fire i n sulky concen­ face: you're not so absolutely sure of
tration. "You didn't have to kill it." yourself anymore. are you?"
"Yes, I did. And for more than one "Of course I am!"
reason." He squatted before her with · 'Then go ahead ! · ' She pointed to the
the bowl in his lap. · 'First of all, it hurt bowl on his lap. "Roast hairy was al­
you . Nothing can hurt you and be al­ ways your favorite--eat your fill ! "
lowed to live. Second. if we had brought Veneem picked u p a slice of meat.
it back alive as you wished-and I'm lt was hot and firm with a thin coating
not really sure we could have-you'd of grease that oozed onto his fingers .
have begun publicly pouting the mad­ ( . . . those eyes . . . )
ness that Baken's put into your head. He dropped it back into the bowl.
And that would mean the end of you. "I'm not hungry . . . •

e Science has always promised two things not


necessarily related-an i n c rease first in our powers,
second in o u r happi ness or wisdom, and we have
come to realize that it is the f i rst and less important
of the two promises which it has kept most abu ndantly.
JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH
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The Handhook of Chemistry and to get my hands on was 1952.
Physics. current edition. published by The Way Things Work. An /1/uscrated
the Chemical Rubber Publishing Com­ Encyclopedia of Technologv. Volume�
pany. Cleveland OH. One and Two. Simon and Schuster.
Mechanical Engineers' Handbook. New York, 1967 and 1 97 1 .
current edition. often known as Mark's I think we could hack it with those
Manual. published by McGraw-Hill. six books, total mass 1 6 pounds, total
Reason: These two .volumes contain volume 9lO .cubic inGhes .
. .gobs of data. Log tables. Fotrn!Jiae. Sorry. no boo� of great art. None
Solubility products. Steam tables. Page of the Great B.ooks-of Literature. None
.after page of numbers. Tile life works of the great religious books of the
of· thousands of resear!=hers . The aecu- world. No texts on psycholQgy, - s�i­
. •mutated empirical data of generatio!'S· ology, · economics� or biology. ·

of en8ineers.. . "I f I haven't got you riled.:up


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why not'?
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educated and �riniant, simply couldn't A� we that much in agreement.?
duplicate �he' con�nts of either bOok, If we are , �·hat:thf!./:tell are we doing

let alone bot,b, jn a singl� life time. tryit,Jg, ·t.o repair the damage of todpy
But with these two bo<>ks you could
.
• withqut using. rhos'e books? Why are we
build a civilization on a pre.-existing trying to rebuild a world by appealing
foundation ,of technology and probably to emotions, luck. mob _hysteria. and
do it in less than a life .time. other sorts of irrationality? Or why are.
The other. four books .have changed we permitting the world to be demol­
from time to time as my- world view ished by these factors?
changed. I won't bother you with the . Now. have I got you riled-up?
books I've. discarded from my list: they We started out playing "let's pre­
might make some people unhappy. tend . ' ' Turns out we weren't after all.
Never mind. I've trieato keep in mind We are trying to survive on a strange
that the books must contain the data I'd planet without help from anybody else.
need to get things started again either UFO's notwithstanding, nothing's de­
on some far distant planet or on the re­ scended from the skies in my part of the
mains of this one. planet recently and handed us new tech­
The four other books currently com­ nology from on high that will solve any
pleting my list are: problems. We're having to work it out
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and ourselves tthe hard way by trial and er­
-Therapy. edited by Dr. Robert Berkow. ror, by hypothesizing followed by ex­
M . D , , published by Merck. Sharpe & perime�tation. and by diddling and
Dohme Research Laboratories, Rahway fiddling with it until we make it work
NJ. Current edition is Number Thirteen. in spite of everything.
Mellor' s Modern Inorganic ChepJis­ We·are trying to re-build a planet and
rry. revi!!ed and e�ited by .G .D.Par�es, a way of life after the balloon· s gone
·
publjshed by Lbngman!s, Green and up . Th'e' balloon!s been going up for
Co. . New Yark. Last edition I was able 3 1.66 years of the 3435 years of recorded
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Disposable tools are sometimes a .minor convenience,
sometimes a wasteful luxury-
and sometimes the only way to get a job done.

• 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus and degrees. In thirty-eight minutes. the jell
thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to became a liquid. and slowly drained
which our wills are gardeners. " away .
White connected a stimulatclr to the
The cablegram from Earth's consul body. just above the heart. and pressed
on the planet Calixco read. EARLY a second button. The body jerked half
RETIREMENT REQUESTED. Which erect, then eased slowry back onto its
was code for • 'Information high priority plastic cushion. The Doctor removed a
situation. Personal transmission sug­ breathing tube from its mouth, and be­
gested." gan massaging the body briskly. Ab­
Earth ordered the consul's immediate ruptly the eyes opened.
return-without response. Other urgent
cables also went unanswered. Which George Quirk looked up at the white­
put· the affair into the bands of Earth's coated man leaning over him. The man
Security Bureau. Their decision was to was speaking, in a barely audible voice.
send George Quirk, top secret "mas­ "My name is Doctor Earl White."
ker' ' and trouble-shooter. · Quirk could make out, dimly. "How
Security Superintendent James Dag­ are you feeling?' •
non put in a call to the Human Re­ Quirk tried to speak. but his tongue
sources Bank. was awkward from long disuse, and
only a garbled sound came from his
The body .lay immersed in a tank of throat.
clear jell, like an army rifle, stor�d for • 'Try swallowing a few times, ' ' Whi
te
future use. Its life functions were slowed suggested.
to 6% normal while its mind functio r Quirk obeyed, and his face twisted
not at all. <:'. in a grimace. "Something tas�s
t bitter
Doctor Earl White, bioengineer, cQn­ as hell," he complained, finding that
sulted a controls board on a near �all he now had no difficulty in speaking.
and pressed a button, raising the tem­ "Some of the preserving fluid must
perature of the tank one hundred twenty have gotten into your mouth," White -

99
said. "It's non-toxic. · · he reassured. reading a star map on one wall turned
"Can you sit up?" as Quirk entered, and smiled. " l ap­
Quirk raised himself to a sitting po­ preciate your getting here so quickly.
sition. "Apparently I can. · · George. " he said. his manner cordial.
"Exercise your arms and legs, and Quirk noted. however. that he did not
bend your back a few times." White offer to shake hands. Quirk had expe­
advised. "When you feel ready. let me rienced that reaction before.
know. and I'll help you out of the "Sit down, please, · • Dagnon invited.
tank. · · indicating one of a row of chairs beneath
Quirk did the suggested exercises. the man he had been studying. He took
had to lie back once when he grew the chair next to Quirk.
dizzy. and with the doctor's assistance "You look different,·· Dagnon said.
climbed from the tank. in an apparent attempt at humor. . . Last
Under White's supervision he walked time I ' d have taken you for a book­
about the room for perhaps ten minutes. keeper, now you might be a crack ath­
' ' l shouId be able to make it now," he lete." When Quirk returned neither the
said. " l suppose Dagnon's waiting for conviviality nor humor Dagnon asked.
.
me?' ' "How's the bodT
White nodded. "It's a rush job. I ''Still a bit stiff. " Quirk answered .
believe . ' ' "I walked over here and up the ramps
"It always i s . ' ' testing it. and all I found was a sore
"You seem in pretty good shape. " spot in the middle of my back, and one
the Doctor said. H e indicated a chair in knee that didn't operate as well as it
the rear of the room with a motion of should. That's about it."
his head. "Your clothes are over there. ''The Doe will check you over just
They should fit. · · as soon as you're through here," Dag­
As Quirk dressed, White said, "I'd non said. "I'm sure he won't find any­
advise you to walk to his office and thing basically wrong. I hope not,
back . You need the . exercise, and it because we'd like you to go out to­
should show up any weaknesses . " night . "
Quirk bowed his head briefly .
Quirk strolled leisurely across the When it became apparent that Quirk
skywalk connecting the Human Re­ had nothing to contribute, Dagnon said.
sources Bank with the Security Bureau " l presume you understand what you're
building, went down a long corridor. supposed to do?'·
past a row of elevators, and up a walk­ · 'Find the consul-and bring him
way at the far end. As he moved he out.'' Quirk said.
could feel the knots and stresses leaving "If he's still alive. of course , ' ' Dag­
hie musc::les. and his body joints becom­ non amended. "We think he is. They'd
ing more pliable. On the seventh floor hesitate before doing anything as drastic
he opened a door lettered simply, JAMES as killing him. However. if conditions
DAGNON. and went in. get worse that hesitation might vanish
The smartly dressed, handsome man quickly. Which means our time is lim-

/00 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


ited, and that's why we're in a hurry to Quirk was happy when the exami­
get you out there." He paused. "We nation was over. The knowledge that
have every confidence that you can han­ millions of human parts, and even
.
dle the job, George . . whole bodies, similar to his own, were
"What kind of trouble are you having stored jn the building always gave him
with them?" Quirk ignored the corn.:· a feeling of unease. The parts and bod­
pliment. ies came from executed criminals. In
' ' Nothing concrete-until now. · • an age of high density population, se­
Dagnon answered. ''Calixco is one of rious crime could not tM:_ tolerated, and
the newer Human Worlds, located in those apprehended and found guilty
the Crow Wing nebula. It was settled paid their debt to society by involun­
by Broznia, one of our own first colo­ tarily contributing their bodies. Quirk
nies, and is still under her domination. did not question the process, but his
Earth and her allies have been in a pro­ instincts pushed against being too near
tracted trade struggle with the Broznia the repository.
group that could easily blossom into a He went directly from the Doctor's
full-scale war. 'We have reason to be­ office to the spacebridge launching site,
lieve that Podratz-that's the consul's strapped himself into his .. ram'·, pressed
name, if you recall-picked up impor­ a button-and awoke on Calixco. The
tant data concerning the controversy. ' • ship had been programmed to arrive
"That's it then?" Quirk had the im­ shortly before dawn and find a resting
patience of a mari little interested in place on the bottom of a lagoon bor­
small talk. dering Calixco's spaceport.
"Right." Both men rose, and Dag­ Quirk allowed his body one last oil
non's right hand reached toward an au­ massage, and afterward donned a plastic
tomatic motion of hand shaking. and water suit and let himself out. He
stopped awkwardly. ' ' Good luck, " he floated to the surface in nearly complete
substituted. Quirk allowed himself a lip darkness, which gave him the conceal­
smile as he left the room. ment he needed, but made his task of
secreting the suit more difficult. With
In the Human Resources Bank build­ a considerable amount of groping he
ing Doctor White completed Quirk's succeeded in burying it in soft earth at
physical. "You're in good condition," the edge of the beach, and marked the
h.;! said. "The pain in your back was place with several dead tree branches.
just a muscle kink, and will be fine.
Your left knee has had a cartilege re­ All of Quirk's attention as he left the
moved at one time or another-and that lagoon and headed toward a group of
causes the weakness you noticed. I'm white buildings ahead was on his new
going to seal it with a permanent new­ environment. As always during the first
skin bandage that will make the leg hours on a strange world he found him­
ninety-seven percent operative. You'll self caught up in the special aura of the
never notice the loss. unless you twist place. the wash of subtle alien stimu­
the knee badly. ' ' lation, the promise of adventure and in-

Expendable 10/
trigue. Nothing on Earth could compare a brief appraisal. "However. if mer­
with it. sheen would care to share my room- · '
Now a spray of wave-tossed mist He added. "I will be using it only from
blowing in from the sea moistened his the hours of twelve to eighteen when
.
cheeks. and his nostrils tested the acrid it will be necessary that I sleep. I f that
scent of an alien vegetation drifting would be convenient-"
down from a high bluff overhanging the "I'm sure it will do nicely. · • Quirk
far side of the spaceport. pushed the hundred-credit note forward.
His five standard senses , and others "I'll make a point to be out when you
less apparent. searched out the new en­ need it."
vironment. ingesting the mystery and The clerk took a key from a side
fascination of it. the lure-and the mild pocket and laid it on the counter. pick­
inner uncertainty at how well he would ing up the money with the return move­
conduct himself here. ment of his hand. "It's the small room
Quirk's primary need at the moment just off the mezzanine, but you'll have
.
was a place to stay. There was only one little trouble locating it . .
hostelry in the spaceport territory, he "Thanks for accomodating me . . .
learned when he reached there, the That much taken care of Quirk could
Trailways Motel. built of adobe. as proceed to less immediate but more ur­
were all the other buildings. but a bit gent matters.
more elaborate. Signs in the crowded "Oh-" The clerk had a sudden re­
· membrance. "If you will wait a minute,
lobby of the motel proclaimed the fif-
tieth anniversary celebration of the please . ' ' He grinned conspiratorily at
founding of Calixco. Quirk and pulled a speaking tube from
Quirk worked his way to the regis­ beneath the desk top. He let it ring three
tration desk, observing a tall clerk in times and spoke into the mouthpiece.
the act of turning away an applicant for "Sorry to wake you, Hon, but I had a
a room. As he had feared, the place was chance to rent the room. Yes. I know.
filled. I'm not sure. Tomorrow maybe. " He
He took up a position at the near end replaced the tube softly. '·If you will
of the desk. with only a vague notion wait perhaps fifteen minutes?'· he asked
of what he would do. and waited there Quirk.
until the clerk saw him. and shook his "No trouble. " Quirk turned away
head. Quirk transferred a hundred-credit and after a minute of indecision strolled .
note (authentic Calixco currency) from out onto a rear port, that faced the inland
his money pocket to the lacquered desk sea and an orange-yellow sun just rising
top. " I ' l l bet this hundred you can't find above the horizon. Ras Algethi, it was
a room for me," he said. naP�ed on Earth charts. Its rays gave
The clerk regarded the money pen­ everything a pale orange hue. distorted
sively before shaking his head . . .We're slightly by a mist rising from the blue
filled. • ' he said. with genuine regret. sea.
"Really filled. " His gaze shifted to A muted hollow sound came in with
Quirk's face, and he weighed him with each wave as it struck the shore. and

102 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


a mild odor of sewage irritated the nos­ for diversion. He shook his head in an­
trils. Calixco had not yet completely swer to her unspoken question.
solved its sanitation and disposal com­ She accepted the rejection without
plexities. The problem was typical of rancor. "Sleep tight." she jested. and
a newly settled world-where the pop­ walked to the mezzanine stairway, turn­
ulation usually grew faster than the or­ ing and smiling at him over one shoul­
ganization necessary to supervise it. der as she descended.
Quirk went into his room and gave
Twenty minutes later Quirk returned it a quick inspection. A single and a
to the lobby. There was no moving double bed. two strdight chairs. a lounge
ramp. he saw-the building was only chair. and a chest of drawers between
three stories high-and he walked the the two beds. Nothing elaborate. but
short flight of stairs to the mezzanine . adequate . Larger than most Earth hos­
He located the clerk's room and was telry rooms.
about to put his key into the lock when An adjoining doorway led to the bath.
the door opened and an auburn-haired, Quirk went in, used the lavatory, and
green-eyed girl in her early twenties washed his hands and face-and he was
came out. She had a pretty face and a ready to begin work.
quite good figure. but she carried it a
bit too carelessly. On one arm hung an At a directory in the lobby Quirk
overnight bag, the universal trademark looked up two addresses, one that of the
of her profession. She was probably not Earth consulate, and walked one block
a streetwalker, but was definitely one up the street and entered a low brown­
of Saki's "specialists in romance at front building. In the inside office a man
short notice. " seated at a low desk slept with his head
"Are you the man who rented this in his arms. Quirk coughed. The sleeper
room?" she asked. roused· and raised his head, revealing
"That's right," Quirk answered. the face of a man in his early sixties,
"I'll leave the door unlocked then?" with pepper-gray hair and a pepper-gray
"Please." As they spoke Quirk made mustache. "You looking for some­
a quick appraisal. which in his profes­ body?" he asked, with red-eyed ill hu­
sion was so much an habitual proce­ mor.
dure. He noted the curl decorating the "For �e Earth consul," Quirk an­
girl's forehead, and the slit corners of swered.
her eyes, that gave them a piquant, . .Our eminent consul Mr. Nonnan
.
oriental slant. A local custom? Or a R. Podratz," the man managed to be
mark of her profession? expansive and curt in the same words.
She stood for a moment fmgering a "has taken a walk. "
fine silver chain about her neck, her • •Do you know where he went?' •
eyebrows raised in question. As occa­ Quirk asked, ignoring the other's lack
sionally observed in her profession, she of civility.
was fresh and clean featured, and Quirk "You tell me." He seemed to .read
found himself regretting his lack of time something in Quirk's expression then,

Expendable 103
and said, " I ' m sorry. 1-" and paused ways gotta be so damned mysterious.''
to consider. "Can I get you a drink?" he complained. "You a VIP?"
he asked. "No, but my job is. I ' m from Earth's
The best way to get the information Security Bureau. and I ' m here to find
he needed might be to humor the fellow. out what happened to Mr. Podratz , and
Quirk decided . "I could use one," he why our latest communications haven't
accepted . been answered. "
Miles Montgomery. subconsul-the Montgomery hung his head like a
sign on the desk read-rose and walked small boy caught in mischief. "I've
carefully to a vision-master console in been kind of sick." he apologized.
one corner of the office. He opened its Quirk accepted the obviously inade­
double doors. revealing an inside from quate excuse. "Do you have any idea
which the works had been removed and what might have happened to Mr. Pod­
three shelves substituted . Two bottles ratz?'' he tried again.
rested on the top shelf. · Montgomery "None whatever," Montgomery an­
turned to Quirk . . .A kind of native gin. swered. apparently truthfully. "About
and sour mix. is all I've got," he said. a week ago he said goodnight and left
·'They'll do fine.·· Quirk answered . the office, like he always did, and that
The subconsul mixed a highball and was the last I saw of h i m . ' ·
brought it over to Quirk. He had not Quirk restrained a sigh. ' 'Can you
prepared one for himself. give me some background on the polit­
Quirk continued to study the man. ical set-up here?'' he asked. He needed
noting the difficulty he had in keeping whatever he could get.
his eyes focused, and decided that · ' A very loose kind of oligarchical
Montgomery hadn't been drinking. but government, " Montgomery answered
was using a drug of some kind. The fact Quirk's question. ''The place hasn't
that he was stuck here in this minor really settled down yet, and the officials
post, at his age. meant that he had gone run it like a South American army
as far as he was going to go in the dip­ camp. They've got a Jot of problems,
lomatic service. knew it, and \\tas using and they're not handling them too well.
drugs to make his retirement wait more Besides, this's a dirt-poor World.
palatable. Quirk decided he might have They've got big deposits of metals in
difficulty getting any useful informa­ the hills and some precious stones. but
tion. right now the smugglers are getting
"What can I do for you. sir?" Mont­ most of 'em."
gomery asked. assuming an officious ''Can you make arrangements for me
pose. to talk to some official high enough up
"My name is George Quirk. You to know what's going on?" Quirk
should have been expecting me.'· asked.
Montgomery chewed on that a mo­ "I wouldn't try it. if I were you.
ment before glancing at a loose pile of Montgomery' cautioned. "They're a
correspondence on one edge of his desk, mean bunch, and Earth' s just about at
most of it unopened. "Everybody's al- the bottom of thei r S list. If you as much

/04 Anah
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as let 'em know why you're here, you crystal over a desk-table directly ahead.
could end up with your neck twisted Behind the table something moved.
into a knot. . . A round. snake-long body, with the
' Which might be good advice, Quick face, arms and legs of a man, partly sat
acknowledged to himself. He noticed and partly Jay in a toboggan-shaped
then that Montgomery's eyes were be­ chair. Its blood red eyes regarded Quirk
ginning to lose their focus again, and balefully.
a moment later his head bobbed. quite Quirk wasted no time studying the
noticeably. Quirk decided that he alien. He had done business with his
wouldn't be able to get much more here. kind before. "I need to find a man,"
When Montgomery's head went down he informed the Kreek.
on his arms he took a last swallow of "With me that is my business," the
his highball and left. Kreek repliecf: He spoke quite passable
" "
Earthian. except for a slight x slur­
Quirk's next destination was the sec­ ring caused by his polypoid tongue and
ond address he had checked on back at double rows of saw teeth. His face was
the motel. He found it in the old section much like that of a human, though the
of town, a slab-sided building, just a hair was too coarse, and the ears mere
shade above a shack. The address of a bundles of cartilage. The lower two­
Kreek. thirds of the face had a painted-on
Almost every world had its Kreek, whiteness.
.
one of the three nonhuman races en­ "I want to find the Earth consul, .
countered by Earth' s humans spreading Quirk said. "His name is Norman Pod­
out through their spiral arm of the gal­ ratz. · •
axy. The Kceek's baleful gaze stayed on
The Kceeks were famed for their Quirk's face.
guile and ingenuity. and ability to sup­ "Oh-" Quirk pulled a thousand­
ply information-for the right price. credit note from his money pocket and
Their home planet had an eccentric orbit set it on the table.
about its sun. with temperatures ranging The Kreek might not have seen the
from one hundred fifty degrees Faren­ money. • 'Mersheen Podratz has been
heit to several hundred below zero. apprehended to the Calixco police," he
(During the latter period they hiber­ said.
nated.) A race that had originated, and Which was as Quirk had surmised.
survived. on such an inhospitable world "Where are they holding him?" he
had to be ingenious and swiftly adapt­ asked.
able. Humans regarded them as cunning The alien was silent for a time. and
and treacherous-though quite trust­ Quirk guessed that he was about to ask
worthy if paid enough to insure their for more money, but was surprised
loyalty. when he made a facial motion that might
Quirk stood for a minute in the win­ have meant anything, and said, "He is
dowless room. Jetting his eyes adjust to with tight guarding in a prison -cell in
the dim light coming from a luminous the exact building where the police have

_ Expendable 105
quartered their offices.'' Back in his room Quirk had already
Quirk considered that. ··can you removed part of his clothing when some
help me get him out?'· he asked the vague unease localized on the night
Kreek . stand between the beds. One of the
"No, with regretfuls. That is without ·drawers was not completely closed.
pertinent possibility . · · He took a chocolate bar from its box.
Quark pondered for another minute. unwrapped it, and bit off a generous
"Can you get me in?" he asked . . . And chunk. Chewing thoughtfully he walked
out again?" about the room and spied other small
The Kreek had his own minute of signs indicating that the place had been
hesitation. "With moderate possibil­ thoroughly searched while he'd been
ity." he decided finally. "However . . . out.
There will be a necessity of He finished his chocolate bar. un­
expenses . . . · · He let the statement wrapped a second. and sat in the room· s
hang suggestively. easy chair to eat it while he considered.
This was not the time to be niggardly. Nothing had been taken, which led to
Quirk needed the Kreek's best the obvious conclusion that the search
efforts-and complete cooperation. He had not been conducted by a thief. Prob­
took out five thousand credits and added ably the planet's police, Quirk guessed.
them to the thousand already on the ta­ Did that mean they were already sus­
ble. "There'll be five thousand more picious of him. or was it a normal pro­
if you get the job done quickly. · · he cedure with visitors? He shrugged. shed
promised. the remainder of his clothes. and crawled
The Kreek picked up the money . into the double bed. l t was faintly
daintily unhinged his lower jaw. and scented with woman aroma.
dropped the bundle inside. Quirk's as­
tonishment at the performance was tem­ Less than an hour later Quirk came
pered by his recollection that a section wide awake. Someone was putting a
of the alien's compartmented stomach key into his door lock. He waited until
was used for storage. Juices would form the intruder eased into the room, and
a waxy coating about anything swal­ snapped on his bed light.
lowed and preserve it indefinitely. "Your The girl he hacJ met earlier stood in
request can be accomplished with the the doorway. "Oh. I'm sorry," she
quickest alacrity of four hours, apologized. " I didn't know you'd got­
promptly," the Kreek said. ten back yet. ' ' She pointed to a shank
Quirk left the alien. and decided to of hair hanging from the foot of the
return to his motel for a nap while he single bed. " I forgot my hair switch."
waited. He stopped off on the way at she said.
a confectionery shop and was fortunate "Help yourself." Quirk offered.
enough to find a box of imported Her­ "Thank you." She went over. folded
shey chocolate bars. The price was five the hair into a ball, and stuffed it into
times what they cost on Earth, but well her overnight bag. She started for the
worth it to him. door. then paus.ed. "I wonder-" she
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began. "Would you care t�" the police give an order-" She rec­
For a moment Quirk debated whether ognized her blunder, and rose quickly.
or not -he should allow himself the di­ ·" I got to go," she said and began put­
.
version. ting on her clothes.
"You won't be sorry , " the girl said. Quirk climbed from the bed. and
pretending to take Quirk's silence for gave her a hundred-credit note, He
consent. and ·began removing her blouse. made no attempt to question her further.
Undressed she revealed pink and white The girl eyed the money for a mo­
flesh untinted by any rays of the sun, ment, finished dressing, and came over
and her body was cool and sweet as she to where Quirk stood. " I like you," she
lay beside Quirk. said. looking up. " I really do. So I want
to warn you that you're in danger. "
Quirk and the girl-Marthaleen, she "Did the police tell you that?" Quirk
had said her name was-Jay for several questioned.
long minutes without speaking, imbued "They didn't tell me anything." She
with the warm content that follows sat­ picked up her overnight bag, stood for
isfying lovemaking. a moment, undecided, "I heard Com­
The quiet was broken only by the missioner Royer talking to one of his
hollow thrumming of waves breaking men ." she said then. "To them I'm just
against the seawall ou_tside their �ed­ one of those people who don't matter
room. • 'Calixco City rests on a kind of much, and they didn't bother about
honeycombed coral. ' ' the girl answered whether I was Iistening or not." She
his unspoken question. "The. sound stood on tiptoe and kissed Quirk briefly.
comes from the waves beating against and was gone.
the hollows and cavities in the coral."
"I see . " Quirk reviewed the latest develop­
They lay for a few minutes more be­ ments as he showered and shaved. and
fore the girl said, "I can tell by your later went down to the motel restaurant
accent that you're from Earth. " and ate a meal of some indiscriminate
"Right. . . variety of soup, a starchy vegetable that
"What brings you to Calixco?" resembled a turnip. and meat off a thick
The question confirmed a suspicion bone.
that had been building up since the girl He finished quickly and went out into
returned . Quirk turned to face her. "Did the street-to find that a parade, prob­
the police send you here?" he asked. ably celebrating Calixco's anniversary.
Her eyes widened. "No," she said. was going past. A green-shirted tourist
"I came back because I hoped you'd bumped him, mumbled, "Excuse me, · •
changed your mind . · · and disappeared into the crowd. Quirk
The pupils of her eyes had contracted drew back into a bookstore entranceway
as she spoke, which meant that she had and let the revelers stream by.
been lying. "I'll pay. you double what He heard someone call his name and
they paid you," Quirk offered. saw the subconsul, Miles Montgomery,
. .They didn't pay me nothing. When struggling through the crowd. trying to

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reach him. He held out a hand and He was too late. Two plainclothes
Montgomery grabbed it and pulled him­ men stepped out of the crowd and took
self up beside Quirk . Quirk by the arms. They ignored Mont­
.. Good job." the subconsul compli­ gomery .
mentcd. "I was trying to get to your
motel to talk to you . " The two men guided Quirk around
Quirk noticed a swelling on the left the motel to a police substation in the
side of Montgomery's jaw, and a bruise back. and had him sit on a stool in the
on one temple. The man evidently had middle of the room. They remained
been beaten. "Yes?" he inquired. standing.
"The police are looking for you . ' ' ·'I am Police Commissioner Royer. · '
Montgomery said. "You'd better get the leader of the two said. He was a
out of here while you still can . ' · ridge-nosed . mild-eyed man. with a
. . How did they learn about me?" protruding stomach. but with an unpre­
Quirk asked. tentious air of authority.
"My guess is that they have my of­ His assistant was obviously the goon
fice bugged . " Montgomery was speak­ Montgomery had mentioned, bulky and
ing rapidly, looking nervously about big boned, with a wart on one side of
him all the while. ''They came in a little his chin. from which three hairs sprouted
after you left. and went through my whitely. Royer had introduced him. sar­
mail. They probably know all about you donically, as his associate. Steven Lin­
by now. ' ' glebach.
They wouldn't learn much just by "Is George Quirk your real name?"
reading the mail, Quirk decided. Prob­ Royer began his questioning.
ably the reason why the police had sent The next instant Quirk felt his stool
the girl-to learn more. "What can we being kicked out from under him, and
do?'' he asked Montgomery . he landed in a sitting position on the
.. You, not we." Montgomery fin­ floor. "Answer when you're talked
gered the swollen places on his face. to.·· Linglebaeh gritted, with much ap­
"I stuck my fair neck out far enough. parent bad humor.
just coming here and warning you . · · He Quirk opened his mouth to speak. and
noticed Quirk· s expression and said. Linglebach swung a backhanded chop
half angrily. "Maybe you think I ' m not that caught him on the left ear with ex­
much of a man to let them scare me, plosive force. addling his brain and tern�
but they play rough, and I'm not cut out porarily deafening him. He could see
of the right kinda stuff to be a hero. Linglebach's lips move but could hear
That's a fact. and you can make of it nothing.
what you want . · · Linglebach reached down and grabbed
Quirk did not press. "lt's your af­ him by the blouse front and jerked him
fair,'· he said. to his feet. and drew back his fist to
"Then it's time I got out of here . I strike again.
don't want Royer and his goon to find · ' That won't be necessary. Stevc. · '
me talking to you. · • Royer admonished. · ' I ' m sure the

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· gentleman will find it in his best interest said, "Now l ask you again: what is
to answer our questions without your your business on Calixco?"
beating him." He reached down and "I'm here on a vacation," Quirk an­
righted Quirk's stool. "Sit down," he swered.
said, not unkindly. With a show of exaggerated patience
Quirk sat readily-his spinning sen­ Royer asked, ''What is your occupation
ses needed the support-but he felt little on Earth?"
gratitude. He realized he was being sub­ Which required a careful answer.
jected to the old "good-guy, bad-guy" "I work for the government," Quirk
routine: the calculated violence of the , said.
first. to shock the victim into ready co­ ''For the Security Bureau, by any
operation, and the followup--the pre­ chance?" Royer asked.
tense of sympathy from the s�cond, ''It happens that I do," Quirk ad­
eliciting the victim's confidence, and mitted.
hope for protection from the first. "If you are on official business, per­
Quirk felt a dampness in his ear, and haps I could be of assistance," Royer
probed with a finger. and brought it out suggested, in an apparent gesture of
smeared with blood. good will.
Royer tsk-tsked. "I've always hated "I appreciate that," Quirk went along
the sight of blood," he said. "Ever with the pretense. "However, even a
since I was a small boy. I wish Steve security man takes a vacation occasion­
wouldn't be so impulsive, but I'm afraid ally."
he likes to hurt people. ' ' "Of course. " Royer paced the floor,
Quirk restrained a rueful grimace. to the far wall and back again. "I seem
"Well, back to business. " Royer to be having difficulty convincing you
said. . . May I ask your home world?" of the seriousness of your situation,' •
"Earth . " he told Quirk, still without any evidence
''What is your business on Calixco?'' of impatience. "Will you come with me
"No business," Quirk answered . please?'' He hed the way into an ad­
"I'm just a tourist." joining room.
Royer smiled, as if at a shared joke. Quirk followed, with Linglebach close
"I could find no evidence of your hav­ behind. The room .had only meager fur­
ing registered with our tourist bureau . " niture, a desk; a chair, and a couch.
" I must have forgotten." Quirk im­ On the couch lay the girl, Marthal­
provised, without much expectation of een.
being believed. At first glance she appared to be rest­
"You will be interested in knowing. ing quk�tly, but her body was too �e-­
I'm certain, that giving false informa­ fully laid. too lifelessly still. Quirk
tion to a Calixco official is a felony," edged past Royer and went over to the
Royer said. "Should l learn later that couch. Marthaleen's eyes were wide
you lied to me now, you will be subject open, but unseeing, blank and lifeless.
to prosecution.· • About her neck the fine silver-mesh
Quirk gave no answer, and Royer chain of her necklace had been dolwn

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tightly. Very probably the work of the drove the commissioner back with a
sadistic Linglebach. shoulder in his midsection. The wall
Quirk turned to Roycr. "Why did stopped the savage rush. and Royer's
you let him do a thing like that?" he breath exploded from his lungs in a
asked. his voice flat . burst of agony.
Roycr did not deny the inference. Quirk let the limp body drop to the
"She admitted telling you about us . . . floor and strode toward the door. pass­
he said. treating the matter as of small ing the prostrate Linglebach on the way.
concern. "But right now our business The goon's jaw hung slack and askew .
is with you. What-" with blood flowing from his open mouth.
"She had nothing to tell me:· Quirk
pointed out. ··except that you were He should have at least a ten minute
looking for me. and that I already sus­ start . Quirk hazarded . as he left the po­
pected. · · lice station and mingled with the car­
··we must
maintain discipline . · · nival crowd. Further. the police should
.
Royer answered . . You should under­ have trouble following him through the
stand that. · · revelers. He wQrked his way toward the
"You killed her for· something so lower section of the city. to the Kreek · s
trivial'?'· Quirk's indignation still did place of business.
not show in his voice. The alien had been waiting for him.
"Will you shut up!'' Royer's pati­ He handed Quirk a plastic pass, signed
ence had at last left him. "Worry about BENJAMIN ARNOLD. VICEROY.
yourself. She was nothing but a pave­ " l t will access you to the jail and out
ment princess.·· without hindrance . . . the Kreek pro­
Lingleback moved toward Quirk. nounced. "To acquire assurance double
"Listen, chum-" H i s expression the guards have been purchased. · ·
..
changed then. with just the beginning "Good . Quirk put the pass into an
of an unbelieving outrage at something inside pocket, and took out five thou­
he read in Quirk's face. and he shifted sand-credit notes and laid them on the
his feet and raised an ann in front of his desk. " I may not have time to stop in
..
face. later, he said. "Now how do I find
Quirk's right fist was already on its the jail where they 're holding him?"
way as Linglebach began his belated ·'With simplicity. Seven blocks walk.
preparations for defense, and his fist straight ahead. • •
drove over Linglebach's arm and landed Quirk found a department store three
flat against his left cheek. Quirk felt the blocks on the way and went into the
bone give beneath his knuckles. drug section and bought a wide roll of
·

In the same motion Quirk completed white tape, a bottle of iodine, a packet
a half-circle and continued on toward of medical cotton batting. and a small
the Police Commissioner. Royer had pair of scissors. Taking them into the
shouted a curse and pulled out a short men's room he used the scissors to cut
firearm but had no time to aim and his the tape into the shape he wanted, stuck
shot whispered past Quirk's ear as he on a few tufts of cotton, and-looking

J/0 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


into the lavatory mirror-pressed the · Row on row of jail cells stretched out
tape across the bridge of his nose, and before them.
up slightly on each side of his eyes. It Quirk found Podratz in the second
made a q�ite effective mask. Dabbing row of cells. sitting on a cot with his
the edges of the tape. and the protruding head in his hands. "I'll talk to this
cotton batting. with splashes of iodine, one , " he said. "Let me in. please. "
he convened the ;nask into a dressing The guard evidenced no suspicion.
for a damaged nose-and he was ready unlocking the cell door and letting
for his try at freeing Podratz. Quirk enter.
When Quirk returned to the door of "I' 11 need to be alone with him for
the department store a heavy rain was awhile." Quirk said. "Higher up mat­
falling. After a minute of indecision. he ters. " he confided. "Be sure to lock the ·
noted a passing citizen wearing a black door before you go."
slicker. with a hood to keep the rain off The guard obeyed without question.
his head-and he had a minor inspira­ "Rattle on the bars when you're ready
tion. to come out," he said, and walked
He went back and ::;ought out the away. The pass and the K.reek · s bribe
clothing department of the store and were proving quite effective.
bought a slicker similar to the one he Podratz had risen while they talked.
had seen. and put it on. It would provide and now looked at Quirk questioningly. ·
a more valuable service than merely "We have no time to spare, " Quirk
keeping off the rain. · began without prelimaries. "So listen
c_arefully. I'm from Earth, and I'm here
Outside again, Quirk completed his to get you out. Now I'm going to trans­
journey to the jail building and showed fer this tape from my face · to yours.
his pass to a guard at the door. The That, and the raincoat, with the cowl
guard nodded, as he glanced surrepti­ over your head. should do the trick. "
tiously at Quirk' s bandaged nose. "The "You're going to take my place?''
fellow had a good left," Quirk quipped, Podratz was a man with an agile mind.
and joined the guard in a chuckle: and readily saw where the conversation
He was directed to a concrete-en­ was leading.
forced inner police post, and-still "Yes."
keeping the rain cowl over his "You're quite a man," Podratz said,
head-presented his card, and delivered admiringly.
his quip. "I'll only be taking a brief "I'm a masker , " Quirk returned
look-around:' he said. "Though I may shortly.
want to talk to a prisoner or two." "Oh."
He received no argument, and said, "You'll have to get to my ram as fast
• 'Will one of you take me to the cell as you can," Quirk resumed instruc­
block, please?'' tions as he transferred his bandage.
The taller guard nodded affably, and "It's about two miles from here, under
came around the counter and lee! him the water of the lagoon by the spacepon.
into the main section of the building. You '11 find a water suit . . ."

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Quirk exchanged his slicker for Pod­
JUST WHAT THE GOOD ratz' prison jacket, and lay on the cot,
DOCTOR ORDERED! with his back to the cell door. "Rattle
on the bars, " he directed Podratz.
He listened as the guard returned and
let Podratz out. All seemed to go well.
If Quirk could keep the guards deceived
for at least a half hour . . .

Nearly an hour went by before Quirk


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1 turned and saw Commissioner Royer
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The scoreboard blinked, then pulled
itself together for another message.

RESPONSE CONFUSING. ARE

IC
YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD? CAN­
CEL THAT QUESTION. JUST ROLL
YOUR HEAD TO' THE RIGHT AND

MEASURES
LEAVE IT THERE.
I rolled the rock uphill again and
leaned all my imponderable weight
against it to hold gravity in place.
-- --

GOOD. Then, quickly, THAT IS


Who is a man, really? ENOUGH FOR NOW. SLEEP.
New answers may lead Blackness again.

societies to treat
their members in The scoreboard flashed on.
HELLO AGAIN. DO YOU KNOW
a new way. . . YOUR NAME?
Come to think of it, I couldn't think
Blackness. Then a dazzle of rigidly­ of it.
massed light-bulb whitenesses stretch­ I rolled my head to the left. I still had
ing out like a computerized football no awareness of having a head, no sen­
scoreboard. But I seemed alone, and in sation of being personally involved,
no stadium. If anything, the stadium much less a feeling of interfacing with
was in me, was me. Then, on that score­ a pillow; I had merely the thought of
board floating in the great blackness, rolling something disembodied as a
a march of smaller blacknesses spelled f>6wling ball. But it appeared to do the
out words. job.
CAN YOU SEE 1HIS? IF SO, ROLL DOES BIDHOPE RING A BELL? I
Y0UR HEAD TO THE RIGHT. bowled my head to the left.
It took me all the deep eternity there WELL, TAKE OUR WORD FOR
is between ticks to realize that the IT, THAT'S YOUR NAME. JASON
scoreboard wai speaking to me. A BIDHOPE.
thought sidetracked me: Real time hap­ Why not? It seemed as good a naine
pens between ticks. The message flashed as any. And since I couldn't come up
on, off, on, impatiently insistent. It took with a better name of my own for a
me another eternitY to respond. name of my own, so be it.
Something that was me and yet not But somewhere within me-whoever
me rolled a heavy rock uphill. I was and wherever I was-a nameles.s
The message blanked out. Then one dread made the flame .of me tremble at
word filled space. the name.
GOOD. I outgrew the head-roJiing. Over a
Why good? I rolled the rock down­ long flickering of time I learned to pro­
hill; the work proved just as hard. gram the scoreboard and flash my own

ll3
messages. and steals a hand grenade. He changes
They-whoever they were and wher­ into civvies, forges orders. and drives
ever they were-seemed able to look a moior pool jeep past the guard post.
into the stadium of my mind and read He stops at a highway phone booth
the scoreboard. I thought of them as to dial a number, gets no answer. drives
being in a chopper hovering above the on. He pulls up at a motel on the edge
open bowl. of town. grimly !>pots the license plate
I still did not know what game I of a car parked outside a motel room,
played� takes ·out the grenade. pulls the pin,
kicks in the door, and frags the couple
Pictures now as well as words. startled awake in bed.
The scoreboard seemed under surer For the echo's duration Bidhope
and subtler control. The whitenesses stands unmoving in a sort of post-coital
had a whole range now, into the grays. sadness. But the motel manager has
and what's more these half-tone images phoned 9 I I , and at the sound of sirens
sharpened. Bidhope stirs himself to make a run for
I knew now the face-front and pro­ it. He has a copy of the car's ignition
file--of Jason Bidhopc. I knew his par­ key on his key chain. He hops into the
entage. his schooling, his occupation. car and roars away.
his wife's name and look. There's a chase. (I liked this part best;
I had yet to get the feel of being Jason it was deathly alive with heart-stopping
Bidhope. skids. near-head-on collisons. jumping
of dividers, and the like.) But at last the
WE WANT TO SHOW YOU forces of order and law box Bidhope in.
SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED. Roaring toward a roadblock, he exe­
I could stand some entertaining. BE cutes a bootleg turn, jamming the brakes
MY HOST. and cutting hard left a quarter-turn so
The story bursts forth in full color that the car jumps up onto two wheels,
and realistic detail, unfolding on the spins about, and heads the other way.
scoreboard-screen. The chase ends when a cop shoots the
One morning in late fall. Sgt. Bid­ car's rear tires to shreds. Bidhope totals
hope reads an unsigned letter that sends the car but comes out of the wreck i n
him posthaste to his commanding offi­ one recuperative piece.
cer. Bidhope remains stonily vague He stands trial. There's a nice twist
about why he requests immediate leave. in that the woman he's killed is not his
Mjffed at not being entrusted with the wife but his wife's best friend.
why and the wherefore, and already Throughout the trial Bidhope feels his
shorthanded in the face of an upcoming wife·s eyes on the back of his head. The
inspection by the brass, the CO turns jury brings in a guilty verdict. The judge
Bidhope down. The good soldier Bid­ sentences Bidhope to death.
hope salutes with no change of expres­ Despite Bidhope's refusal to beg on
sion. But once outside the orderly room his own behalf, lawyers with an affmity
Bidhope makes fqr the ordnance depot for the press file appeals till the last

Heroic Measures 115


appeal is exhausted. UP, PUT YOU BACK TOGETHER.
On death row Bidhope passes the BRAIN SURGEONS HAYE SPREAD
time by playing solitaire. A TEFLON FILM WITH PLATINUM­
The night before the execution he DOT ELECTRODES ACROSS YOUR
makes a bomb out of playing-card cel­ VISUAL CORTEX . INTEGRATED
lulose and cot-leg casing and .blows CHIPS AND FIBER OPTICS DO THE
himself up. Here the story ended. REST. AND NOW THAT YOU'RE
THERE YOU ARE. WHAT DO W H O L E ENOUGH A N D WELL
YOU THINK OF IT? ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WHAT
I would have applauded if I could. YOU DID AND THAT YOU MUST
'
Then it struck me I could. I projected PAY FOR WHAT YOU DID. THE
a stick figure on the scoreboard and TIME HAS COME TO WH EEL YOD
clapped its spidery hands. And I meant INTO THE DEATH CHAMBER AND
it. Not the least entertaining feature had CARRY OUT THE SENTENCE OF
been to see myself playing the role of THE COURT.
protagonist. I exploded all over the scoreboard .
Then it came home t!J me. Smnething YOU BROUGHT ME BACK FROM
that happened. The role had been the DEATH JUST SO YOU COULD JU­
rcal thing. I had just seen from the out- · DICIALLY MURDER ME'?
side what once I had seen from the in- JUST SO. SOCIETY DECIDED YOU
side. That had to be what they wanted M U S T PAY IN A PRESCRIBED
me to make of it. I stalled. MANNER FOR YOUR CRIME OF
INTERESTING. SO'? PREMED ITATED M U R D E R . WE
DON'T YOU GET IT? THAT IS CAN'T LET YOU CHEAT SOCIETY
YOU. OF THAT .DEATH. YOU SEE THAT,
I fought to disbelieve. YOU TELL DON'T YOU'?
ME THAT IS ME. BUT HOW DO I I found myself suddenly calm. I SEE
KNOW YOU TELL ME TRUE? THAT I ' M A WHOLLY DIFFERENT
WHY WOULD WE LIE TO YOU'? PERSON. I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS
I had a triumphant thought. BUT IF JASON BIDHOPE. YOU FORCED
.
THAT'S TRUE. I'M DEAD. I knew H I M ON ME. YOU'RE KILLING THE
I h�d them there: they had shown me WRONG MAN.
blowing myself up. YOU'VE GIVEN US SOMETHING
YES. SOME MIGHT CLAIM YOU · TO THINK ABOUT. Blankness for a
WERE CLINICALLY DEAD. BUT time. Then, NO. THE SENTENCE
MEDICAL HELP REACHED YOU IN MUST STAND.
S E C O N D S . P R I S O N DOCTORS Having made my case, I stopped. I
HOOKED YOU UP TO LIFE-SUP- could be just as stubborn as Bidhopc in
PORT SYSTEMS. KEPT YOU GOING refusing to beg for life. ALL RIGHT.
TILL SURGEONS COULD BEGIN IT DOESN'T MATTER. I CAN TAKE
REPAIRS. YOU DID YOURSELF A THIS BECAUSE I KNOW LIFE'S
LOT OF DAMAGE, YOU KNOW. PLAYED ITS SADISTIC GAME ON
HOWEVER, WE'VE PATCHED YOU ALL OF US.

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN? COMFORT?
DIDN'T LIFE SHOW. US THE NO.
BEAUTY AND TERROR OF THE DO YOU HAVE ANY LAST
- UNIVERSE, THEN MAKE US WORDS'?
AWARE WE'RE ALL UNDER SEN­ I had none.
TENCE OF·DEATH? The End
YOU HAVE A POINT THERE.
WELL, HERE WE ARE. YOU'LL Blackness. Tlien a new dazzle.
HAVE TO FORGIVE US, BUT THE JASON BIDHOPE HAS PAID. NOW
TIME IS NOW. DO YOU WISH ANY YOU ARE FREE TO BEGIN .•

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SYNOPSIS OF PART ONE In the meantime. Frank and the crew
of the Atlantis-co-pilot Le1,._. Clay. pay­
On a routine mission to place a civilian load spcialist HAP HAZARD. tmd mis­
Landsat into Sttii-S_\'IIchronous polar or­ .fion specialist JACKIE HART-evacuate
hit in a southerly launch from Vanden­ the Atlantis as quickly as possible .\·inn!
ber� Air Force Base, California. the there are more than a thousand pounds
NASA Space Shwtle Orbiter OV-104 of toxic nitrogen tetroxide propellant
Atlantis suffers a mt1jor propulshm mal­ still aboard. They are greeted by CAP­
.fimction. Shuttle Commander FRANK TAIN ERNESTO OBREGON. the mili­
KING manages to land the Atlantis mz tary governor of Is/a de Pascua. along
Mata1•eri Aerodrome on Easter Island with Catholic priest FATHER FRAN­
(Is/a de Pascua) with the help of his co­ CISCO and DOCTOR VICTOR ESTE­
pilot. LEW CLA Y. BAN. Because nobody in NASA planned
The · 'contin�:ency landing· · .\·er.� in for the emergency. none of the £·rew of
motion Project Shuttle Down at the the Atlantis has passports or other iden­
NASA Jolmson Space Cent('r where tification, nor does the Atlantis carry
Mission Manager RED RICHARDSON any of the documeflls required by in­
rides rough-shod over the procedures­ ternational law. Because of the poison­
oriented old-line NASA people to get the ous nature of the propellant left aboard
job started. He puts NASA Headquar­ the Atlantis. Obregon waives arril•al
ters Public Affairs specialist CASEY formalities and gets in touch with San­
LASKEWITZ to work handling the news tiago by radio immediately . .
media . During the initial planning meeting
NASA has no · ' contingency landing at Johnson Space Center, problems
agreement'' with the Republic of Chile keep confronting Red Richardson . The
which owns Is/a de Pascua. ALFRED NASA 747 recovery aircraft doesn' t
M. DEWEY of the State Department is have the unrefuelled range to get the
assigned the task of diplomatic co-or­ Atlantis backfrom Is/a de Pascua. Matt
dination with Chile. He puts his young Hubbard says that the C-5 Galaxy
subordinate NASH SULLIVAN on the transports can't be landed at Mawveri
job with the UN in New York and the until turnarounds are built at the ends
atlractive JOYCE FISHER in charge of of the runway and additional parking
f
on-the-spot diplomatic afairs in San­ ramps constructed. This forces Red
tiago and Is/a de Pascua. Richardson into operations not covered
Is/a de Pascua. 2000 milesfrom both by the proce€lures manuals. much to the
Santiago. Chile and Tahiti, cannot htm­ dismay of his boss. procedures oriented
dle the more than 100 people required DUKE KELLOGG.
for the recovery. These facts cause However, the ltmding of the Atlantis
Richardson and U.S. Air Force airlift has not gone unnoticed in imernational
oficer COLONEL MATT HUBBARD circles.
f
headaches. They'll have to airlift a The Soviet Union accuses the United
complete city to support the recovery States of launching a military beam
teams on Easter Island. weapon satellite in the Atlantis. not a

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civilian Landsat. The Soviets demand Jackie also had a word for it.
that the Republic of Chile intern the "Quaint," she said.
Atlantis and its crew until a U.N. com­ The hotel manager, Jose Hey, was
mission can come to /sla de Pascua to also the clerk. And, as the crew of the
inspect the payload. Their motivation Atlantis learned, he was also the Mayor
is the elimination of the U .S. from com­ of Hangaroa.
p�tition in the growing field of space "We are honored to have you on lsla
processing. de Pascua.'' Jose Hey bubbled eagerly
Although this throws the State De­ as he welcomed the four along with the
partment and NASA headquarters into military governor into the lobby-patio
panic, it has little effect· on those who of the Hangaroa Hotel. He was a small
are on the spot on Is/a de Pascua. As man, shorter than either Lew or Jackie.
the recovery operations get under way His jet black hair was trimmed closely,
from Houston. the crew of the Adantis and his features were a strange cross
is forced to sit and wait for help to between Amerindian and Asian. Frank
come. thought the man looked a little like some
of the native Hawaiians he'd known.
CHAPTER FIVE "Thank you, Mister Mayor," Frank
replied courteously. "Under the cir­
The Hangaroa Hotel was far. f-rom cumstances. you don't know how pleased
being a Holiday Inn. The government we are to be here. I've heard this is­
of Chile had built it to accommodate a land's very unusual . . . "

hoped-for incr�ase in tourism that was "If there is anything about Isla de
a part of the foreign policy but Lew Pascua you want to know, I am the man
thought they could h�ve used some help to ask . ' ' Hey boasted. "I am the most
from one of the big American hotel important man on lsla de Pascua. Peo­
chains in designing a somewhat more ple have come from all .over the world
modem place. to see me-anthropologists to ask me
• 'Welcome to beautiful downtown questions about how we live. archae­
Hangaroa." Jackie muttered as they ologists to find out about the long ears
rode through the unpaved street-there and Hotu Matu'a. and doctors to take
was only one path that could roughly sampies of my ear wax and blood. • '
be called a street-of Hangaroa. the "We'll be certain to keep that in
only center of habitation on Isl a de Pas­ mind. Senor Hey. Looks like we'll be
cua and t&Je home of more than a thou­ here for a few days at least . . . or until
sand Pascuans and the garrison of the we get some help to get the At.lantis
Armada de Chile. It wasn't quite what out . · • Inwardly, Frank was profoundly
the crew of the Atlantis had been led to disturbed that communications with
expect by mofion pictures of South Pa­ Houston had been temporarily cut off.
cific · islands . . . bl!t lsla de Pascua forcing him to twiddle his thumbs and
couldn't exactly be termed a south sea wait for others to take action. That
island in the same league as Tahiti or wasn't the way he liked to operate, but
Pago Pago. he was forced to do it now by circum-

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stan�:es he wouldn't have believed ex­ ernor requires that you give me your
isted in the world these days. passports . . . · ·
As they walked together through a ''You may forego requesting their
..
s•mlit portion of the lobby. Jose Hey passports Jose . Obregon told him.
.
suddenly stopped in his tracks. his A s each of them signed the big book .
..
mouth hanging open. "Makcmakc! he Jose Hey went on. "We arc planning
breathed. a big hula for you tonight. Many of us
.
. . Qut' pa.m . Jose'?. Captain Obrcgon watched your big black plane come si­
asked. lently over the island and land at Ma­
. . Look at the four of them . ' ' the Pas­ taveri. We have seen nothing like it
cuan breathed. before. Doctor Esteban tells us you fly
The bright sunlight was back-lighting it to the moon. So we must have a big
..
the white nomex coveralls worn by all celebration in your honor .
fou r members of the crew of the At/an­ "Well. not exactly to the moon .
,;.\·, making the fabric shine and shim­ Mister Mayor. · · Hap Hazard tried to
mer. At the edges . the synthetic explain.
fabric-whose threads were not white Frank turned to look at Obregon who
but transparent-caugh t the sunlight simply nodded. "lt's time for. a cele­
..
and .broke it into little muhi-colored bration . the military governor said.
spectra. The rooms were not those of any
"The legend . · · Jose Hey whispered . American hotel or motel. but they were
· 'talks of Makemake and the akuaku clean and the fresh breeze of the South
descending from the skies with clothes Pacific blew through windows over­
as white as a cloud and edged with rain- looking the late afternoon sea where the
bows . . . . . sun was just beginning to edge toward
..
· · Jose . Obreg6n reminded h i m the horizon.
gently. " w hat will Father Francisco Captain Obregon stayed behind with
think'? The stories of Makemake are Frank and . once Jose Hey had left. con­
gone with the old religion . . . · · fided to the Shuttle crew. · · A l l of you
·'Then perhaps these four are tan­ must remember that the Pascuans see
�ata-manu. the birdmen. come to bring and know little of the outside world. in
new life to Rapa Nui and those of us spite of the efforts of the Chilean gov­
..
who Jive here. ernment to operate schools here. We
· ·Senor Hey . · · Frank broke in . · ' I have a few tourists and occasional teams
assure you. we're people just like you. of scientists who're interested in the
regardless of what your old legends say. moai and the rongaronga. So your ar­
..
Sorry . but gods we·re not. rival gives me an excellent opportunity
Hey was undaunted. . . We will sec. to break the routine of everyday living
Miti Thaycr. You must have a very by authorizing people to leave Hangaroa
powerful and benevolent okuaku . . . · · for a hula. As my guests. you're all free
He walked behind the registrati·on desk to move about the island as you wish.
.
and produced a register book . . If you but I must as you to agree to several
will all sign i n . please. And the Gov- ..
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Frank nodded and replied. "What­ please get guards around the Atlamis.
ever you wish. Governor . . . · · This but at least a kilometer away" Frank
was a strange situation for an astr�maut told him.
.
to find himself in. and Frank knew he "They're already there . .
had to make the best of it.
. . ·Please stay away from the Pascuan To say that Alfred M. Dewey was
women. Guard your valuables and be­ working harder than he'd ever worked
ware of the natives who are all thieves in his life was perhaps an understate­
and liars . · · .ment. Quitting time came and went. and
"You can't be serious . ·· Hap said in he was still at his desk and on the tele­
disbelief. phone. He called his wife and told her.
' T m afraid l am . The government much to her surprise. that he wouldn't
doesn't encourage fraternization with be home for supper. He'd missed his
the native women. which is why the car pool,, too. so he asked her to drive
men in my garrison have theic families down to pick him up later that evening
with them. Our government has no when he called. Little did he know he
money for supporting illegitimate chil­ wouldn't get the chance to call her.
dren of native women. And as for my "Look. Sullivan, · · he told his young
remark about theft. the Pascuans man-· subordinate whom he'd sent to New
age to steal several hundred sheep every York earlier in the day. "tell the Am-
year from the sheep breeding station of . bassador that NASA is perfectly willing
the Arrnada de Chile in spite of the fact to send all the payload documents for
that no Pascuan can leave Hang�roa the Atlantis. They'll prove there's no
village without a permit from me. They military payload aboard."
have no concept of property. · ' "The documents will hetp, sir. but.
Frank wasn't believing what he was l .can't seem to convince some of the
hearing this dapper little Chilean mili­ people on our own U . N . staff that those
tary governor say. This was the Twen­ payload bay doors can't be opened with­
tieth Century . . . out special rigging that has to be flown
· "How can you treat them as second­ in to Isla de Pascua.'' Nash Sullivan
class citizens?'· Jackie wanted to know. replied over the phone from the U . S .
"Senoria.
t l was schooled in Amer­ delegation's offices at the U . N . i n New
ica." Captain Ernesto Obreg6n replied York. "I think NASA 's going to have
.
deferentially. . and I understand some to send a team of experts up here . Our
of your feelings. But this isn't America. staff's working on the possibility of
and we're dealing with people who holding a special briefing for those
don't share our values. l. too. person­ members of the Security Council who
ally deplore some of the regulations I wish to attend . . . but l don't think we
must enforce. But these rules and reg­ stand much chance of getting the So­
ulations have come about as the result viets to come at all. They'll boycott the
of decades of trying to work with the briefing. They know ttr'ey've got no
Pascuans . . . · · case. but they'll play it for all it's
"If the Pascuans.are thieves and liars. worth . . .

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' T I I sec if NASA will send that for your government to send military
briefing team up." Dewcy !klid. making equipment to lsla de Pascua along with
yet another note on a pad that was rap­ a very large number of American tech­
idly being filled up with such notes. nicians . · · the charge explained .
..
' ' I n the meantime. suggest to the Am­ "What are your conditions. Senor'?
bassador that he make an offer in the Dewey tried not to permit wariness to
Security Council to permit an inspection creep into his voice. but he'd done busi­
team to accompany the NASA rescue ness with people from Latin American
mission to lsla de Pascua. I'm sure that countries for a long time, and he knew
NASA can accommodate such a re­ there was going to be some sort of ex­
quest . . . " pensive condition involved . . . one that
"That'd be an excellent idea. sir. but was. of course. perfectly legal if ethi­
it'd help if I had the NASA briefing cally questionable. One had to under­
group here to provide the ,.necessary stand the ancient ethics still predominant
technical data. I ' m capable of giving the in that part of the world . . . and in
briefing myself. but since I'm with the most parts of the world. for that matter.
State Department I don't have believa­ ''My government is concerned that
bility. Even our own U . N . staff people the Soviet claims m a y cause
have questioned my technical exper­ certain . . . entities . . . to attempt to
tise . . . ' ' create problems. lsla de Pascua is very
"Sullivan. stay o n it and stay where important to the Armada de Chile be­
you can be reached. I've got a call com­ cause of the large number of sheep that
ing in on another line.·· Dewey broke are raised there. A United States mili­
in. He broke the connection with Sul­ tary presence on the island even for the
livan in New York and punched a flash­ avowed purpose of reclaiming the
ing button on his phone. ··Alfred Dewey. downed space craft might be viewed as
Technology Liaison . . . Ah. yes. good the preliminaries to a more permanent
evening. Senor Prieto!" United States military presence on the
The charge from the Chilean Em­ island and in my government's strateg­
bassy told Dewey in a smooth voice. ically important zone of defcnsc in the
"Senor. my government has informed South Pacific Ocean . . . Whatever the
me that it intends to be as cooperative charge was getting at. he was certainly
as possible in the rescue and return of prefacing it with prolific preambles and
the At/anti.\· from lsla de Pascua. How­ justifying rationales. · ' Therefore . my
ever. in view of the charge made by the government's military and naval forces
Soviet Union. my government has asked will participate and assist you in any
me to forward to your government a way possible . . . · ·
number of requests . . . · · "That's very kind of your govern­
' ' We'll be most happy to comply if ment." Dewey replied. But Prieto hadn't
we can. Senor Prieto. · · come to the hooker yet. so De""ey was
"Good. Actually. they arc not re­ still wary. but trying not to let it show.
quests. They are conditions that are at­ " I ' m certain that the detaib can be
tached to my government's permission worked out between our respective op-

'/24 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


crating personnel . . . · · volved will be required to bring out the
.
"I am certain they can., Senor Prieto spacecraft, the very special equipment.
replied . "I am certain also that your and the people involved.··
government realizes that this is going "The aircraft are quite properly reg­
to cost my government a considerable istered to the United States , · · the charge
sum of money to provide the necessary put in: ' '_We would hardly expect them
assistance . . . ·• to be consigned. There will. however.
' ' What did your government have in be landing fees involved along with
mind. Senor Prieto'?' • Here came the ground service charges and other costs
kicker. Dewey told himself. at Santiago and Mataveri . . . • ·
· ' I am certain that your government Things were obviously going to be­
would be willing to reimburse my gov­ come expensive. Dewey didn't know
ernment for the expense entailed in the where the funds were going to come
activity . · · from. State would have to find them
· ' I 'll look into the matter and have somewhere-NASA. DOD. some­
a reply for you shortly . · · where . But that wasn't his problem.
"Good. But there are other condi­ "Senor Prieto. I can state that my
tions we must discuss. Senor Dewey . government will certainly be willing to
lt is my understanding that NASA and take care of whatever costs are in­
your Air Force will be moving a great volved. but I'll have to check into the
deal of equipment onto lsla de Pascua matter of consigning the
for use i n this recovery activity. It equipment . . . '·
would greatly simplify the customs op­ • 'You have no idea how it would sim­
erations if the equipment could be con­ plify the customs procedures. Senor
signed to the government of Chile. This Dewey . . . ' '
would not tax the customs facilities or "Oh, I do indeed, Senor Prieto . "
personnel at Santiago or Isla de Pascua "It would also simplify the issuance
since the equipment would belong to of visas and work permits if Chilean
my government and would not require organizations 'were contracted to make
clearance through customs." Prieto went the necessary alterations to the airfield
on. "I'm sure you realize that customs and perform the other construction tasks
regulations require a great deal of time needed for the operation of your equip­
·
and effort to clear large and expensive ment such as concrete pads and so
pieces of equipment for entry and later forth . . . I have a list of approved con­
for departure . This suggestion from my tractors. ' '
government would permit a rapid trans­ "May I ,get back to you this evening
fer of the equipment to Isla de Pascua on some of these points. Senor? Our
with a minimum of red tape and de­ people are very amdous to get to that
lay . . . · · spacecraft because of the nature of the
1 t was quite clear what the f.-iwrge had rocket propellants that are still in it."
in mind. "I'm not sure that the aircraft "I am aware of the need for expedient
involved can be consigned to your gov­ action. But I must also discuss one final
ernment. Senor Prieto. All aircraft in- matter with you . . ,

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My God, weren't they asking for careful not to become involved in such
enough under the table as it was? affairs. In the first place, Department
Dewey asked himself. · · And that is?'· regulations stipulated that he co�ldn · t.
· · M y government must be allowed to And Alfred M . Dcwey really liked his
send a commission with members of its job. It was secure. There was compe­
choice to lsla de Pascua with your initial tition within the Department. to be sure.
aircraft to inspect the payload of the but never to the extent that he had w
Atlamis in order to protect my govern­ worry about a job.
ment in view of the claims of the Soviet "Four years left. and this happens!"
Union . " he moaned to himself. He had to hang
"No problem. Senor. I can already on only another four years to qualify for
vouch for that . · ' "twenty and out" retirement. And
"Excellent. I f you can get back to now, when his goal was almost in sight.
me concerning these matters. I will see he discovered himself right in the mid­
to it that the necessary protocol and dle of the very things he'd tried so as­
clearances are arranged at once . " siduously to avoid for sixteen years.
Alfred M . Dewey hung u p the tele­ With almost savage ferocity. he
phone and put his head in his hands . grabbed the telephone and dialled John­
Why did this have to happen to him'? son Space Center of the FTS.
He'd been sixteen years with State han­ Joe Marvin answered. He sounded
dling interfacing between the Depart­ harried. "Shuttle Mission Contro l .
ment of Commerce and various South Marvin here. Wait one. please . . . "
American governments when it came Then his voice was muffled as he
to trade shows. technology export, and called to someone i n the room, "Pete,
international marketing problems that try to raise them on one of the inter­
Commerce couldn't handle themselves. national ARTC frequencies that they're
The job had rarely been easy: there'd supposed to be guarding. ' ' His voice
always been a great deal of paperwork came back loudly, "Sorry about that.
involved as well as contact with various Go ahead. please . "
embassies in Washington. There'd been • 'This is Alfred Dewey at State. Is
a certain amount of quiet baksheesh as Joyce Fisher available?''
there always was in any sort of inter­ "Oh. the gal from State'? Sorry, she
national trade, and there were always departed with the initial group from
hookers involved in the form o f ' ' import Ellington a few minutes ago."
.
agents" who happened to be relatives "I've got to talk with her, . Dewey
of whomever was in power at the time. insisted.
There were quiet and unwritten con­ "Hang on. sir. We'll try for an air­
tracts involving "consultants" in other to-ground patch through Ellington. Let
countries . That was the way interna­ me turn this over to my communications
tional trade had' been carried on for cen­ specialist, Jeff Landers . . . · '
turies: only the titles of the middlemen The line went dead as Marvin put him
had changed. on hold. Sitting there with the phone to
Dewey himself had been extremely his ear. Dewey got to feeling worse and

126 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


worse. He looked at the wall clock and second Hercules. It had runway con­
realized he,d m'issed dinner. lt was the struction equipment aboard to enable·
lust time it had ever happened to him. the Mataveri runway to be given turn­
arounds and to extend the parking
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was ramps. But the Herk wasn't with the
designed and built as an all-around me­ formation yet; it had to fly over to Hous­
dium military transport plane, a maid­ ton International to pick up a low-slung
of-all-work. And that it was indeed. But tow tug from Eastern Airlines. There
because of the intended universality of was no word from the flight de€k yet
its function, passenger comfort wasn't that the second ship .had taken off.
one of its salient features� In compari­ The third ship could be seen off to
son to the NASA executive jets or com­ the left if you knew where to look for
mercial airliners. passenger its lights through one of the little round
accommodation left much to be desired. portholes. This third Hercutes was a
To some extent, this was true of all flying fuel tank. In addition to the al­
other US .<\F transport aircraft with the most 10,000 gallons ofjet fuel it carried
exception of the plush VIP transports, in its regular tanks. the cavernous cargo
the queens of MAC. the VC-135B's of hold was filled with additional fuel
the Presidential Flight. bladders holding an additional 6,500
Red Richardson knew that this C-130 gallons. Number Three was the insur­
ride would be. no VIP flight. Joyce ance policy; it could carry enough fuel
Fisher found it to be a totally new ex­ to make certain that the other two could
perience. It annoyed Casey Laskewitz return from Isla de Pascua to Santiago.
because the relative paucity of creature First stop was planned at Panama for
comforts didn't make his job easier with topping off. The planes had more range
one of his special passengers, AliCe than that, but Colonel Matt Hubbard
Amold, who really wasn't prepared for hadn't managed to make all the arrange­
the spartan conditions of this flight. ments at Lima and Santiago for landing
Herb Haynes, on the other hand, seemed and fuelling when the flight took off
to be taking it in stride. from Houston . "We'll have it all in
The Hercules is a hauler, but it was hand by the time you reach Panama . . ,
taking three Herks to get the initial op-· Matt had promised Red. "If not. you'U
eration under way. The eight men of the at least be on the ground and partway
hypergolic propellant handling crew there. And you'll have enough fuel to
aboard the first C-130 were complacent; get all the way to Santiago if. you have
they were doing their job. they were to bypass Lima.''
drawing hazard pay, and they were Red hoped so. There were glitches
drawing per diem with no place to spend showing up in the plans now. not the
it. a very unusual situation when it came least of which was the Soviet claims at
to government travel . The load of that the U.N.
first C-130 was mostly people plus the Although cor.ver'Sation wasn't
propellant handling gear. easy-the C-130 was noisy from the
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and the beat of the huge props being I'll try to call him when we land . . . · ·
turned by the turbine engines-Red de­ ' · Do you think this Soviet claim is
cided to use. the opportunity to learn going to cause us any trouble in San­
something about the other side of the tiago?" Red wanted to know.
house from Joyce Fisher. Besides. Joyce She shrugged. "Perhaps. Perhaps
was not an unattractive young woman. not. I don't mean to give you a wishy- ·
There was something about her, some­ washy State Dcpanment diplomatic an­
thing in the way she looked or moved swer. but I just can't figure all the an­
or spoke. that both disturbed and fas­ gles. Chile's a big question mark right
cinated Red Richardson. one of the leg­ now. Wc practically had to pull out of
endary NASA bachelors who seemed there under the Allcndc regime. but we
married only to his job. the agency. and were welcomed back with open arms
space flight. after the junta took over in 1973. The
"Joyce. " he started out. getting on latest trouble has forced the junta to put
a first name basis right away because some of the socialists into various gov­
he was. after all. the boss of this op­ ernment positions to speed up the de­
eration. · · J ' m going to be counting on mocratization process . . . and we just
you heavily from here on. You · re my don't know the extent to which some
connection with State. and this affair of the new people arc intluenced by
seems to be getting more involved with Moscow or Havana. I'll be able to tell
international diplomacy all the time. you more once we get there arid I can
What's the latest word on that, by the talk to some of" m y friends
way?'' privately . . . ··
Joyce edged over in the passenger "You've been in the foreign service
scat so she could be closer to. Red and there?''
therefore not have to speak as loudly. She shook her head. The fact that the
These were typical. universal Air Force noh•e level of the Herculcs was so high
Tactical transpon seats. built for rug­ that she had to Jean over quite close to
gedness. capable of being installed and Red didn't bother Red at all. Her pug
.
removed from various aircraft quickly. nose was kind of cute. he decided . . My
able to hold an armed paratrooper with father was in the foreign service there
his pack and weapons . . . and totally before they transferred him back to
uncomfonablc for anyone else to sit in Washington and put him on a Latin
for hours on end. As a matter of fact . American desk. I wa!' a teenager when
they may have been uncomfortable for I left. but I still have lots of friends
paratroopers. too. but those men had there . . . . .
other things on their minds when riding 'Tm glad. You speak the language.
in C-130's. · · J haven't heard a thing I never had time to learn a language. . .
from my boss in Washington since I last Red told her. He had to lean over quite
talked to him during the meeting in close to wht:re her car was Ct>vcrcd by
Houston, " she replied . "I don't expect her dark hair: it wasn't an unpleasant
to hear from him until we reach Panama way to conduct a conversation. "Took
later tonight. i f he's still in his office. two semesters of German to satisfy the

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language requirement. but I don't speak Joyce looked at him carefully for a
or read it any more . . . · · moment, then leaned over and said to
"We're going to be working together him . "You're pretty evangelistic about
on this thing for a couple of months.'· the space program. aren't you?"
she told him. "May I call you Red?" "Nobody's ever put it that way be­
.
"By all means . , he told her with the fore. but, yes. I guess I am. I'd have
first grin .he'd managed in more than a to be to put up with the sort of stuff I
day. "Let's keep protocol to a mini­ have to take in this job. • ·
mum . . . even with the Chileans. We've "Tell me something: what's the space
got a tremendou·s job to do. lsla de Pas­ p
program going to do for peo le of the
cua isn't the easiest place in the world Third World. people I know . . . the
to run an Orbiter contingency recov­ people of Chile or lsla de Pascua. for
ery . . .,. example?''
She shook her head. "Perhaps we can Red had a quick ansv.:er for that. • • All
maintain the usual informality among sorts of Earthly benefits and spinoffs.
Americans but not with the Chileans.·· Instant communications. Worldwide
she warned him . "or with the Pascuans. television. Well. we've already got
.
You're going into a totally different cul­ that, to some extent . .
ture. Red, and it's my guess that it'll ··we do? Why can't we talk with the
dri9e you bats. . . Atlanris right now?'·
"Why do you say that?" "Because we've just started using
"Unlike a lot of the government space and not everyone's involved yet.
types I have to deal with in Washington But they will be. In the next few years.
.
you're task-oriented." she observed. we'll be making products up there.
"You're determined to get the Atlanris We'll be tapping the sun for energy to
off Pascua as quickly as possible, and beam to Earth. We'll be moving indus­
.
you'll move mountains to do it. . try off Earth and into space to help stop
··oamned right · · he told her firmly. pollution. We'll eventually be getting
.
"That's one-quarter of our manned all our raw materials from the solar sys­
space capability sitting idle and use­ tem so that we no longer have to tear
less . . . And we're not going to be able up this planet . . . ''

to get any additional space flight ca­ Joyce Fisher shook her head sadly.
.
pab'llity until and unless we can show " You're a dreamer . . . .
everything we've got is working stead­ "That's right.·'
ily and scheduled up tight. We've al­ "You haven't got the foggiest notion
ready been told t h i s by several how the rest of the world lives and ·

Administrations. Nobody in the Oval thinks . . . . .


Office or on the Hill is going to push "Wait until we get to lsla de Pascua
for more space activity until we show and set up the satellite ground station,"
them what we can do out there. things Red promised her. "You'll see what
that mean something to them and that space can do for people."
.
they can use to their benefit or for their ''Don't be so sure, . she warned him.
profit . . . " "Remember, we're stepping into a to-
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tally different culture. And that's the "No. But . cripes . there's books in
prime reason I ' m along. not as a trans­ the library at JSC. ··
lator. but to act as a buffer between our "I don't know.·· Frank began.
cultures . . . · · . . Maybe we shouldn't give away our
survival rations . . . · ·
The crew of the At/ami.\· had no such "You think they· re not going to feed
cultural buffer. us?'' Hap wanted to know. "They don't
But Hap Hazard turned out to be the look like they're starving here. Why not
closest thing to it. give some of it away to them? Make us
There was no way any of them could look good . and give them something
change their flight sll.i.t s. The survival they've probably never had before. · ·
kit they'd brought from the At/anti.,· had · · sure. like m y Dad told me it was
no fresh clothing. Frank considered the in Europe with Hershey bars and nylons
alternatives and managed a quick bath. and cigarettes . . . · · It was Lcw who'd
although the water that dribbled from walked up behind Hap. ·'Why not?'·
..
the taps over the tub was so chemically .. Come on in . Frank urged the two.
hard with a tinge of sui fur odor that the "Lew. this isn't NASA Road One or
bar of rough soap would barely work the strip at Mohavc. Remember what
up a lathet for him. And the water Obrcg:6n told us about the nat i vc
wasn't very hot . either. After drying women . . .
himself with an amazingly soft towel. It didn't faze the co-pilot. "Frank.
he put his flight-worn clothing back on. just because you're a happily married
He wished he had some deodorant and man. don't begrudge us bachelors our
..
hoped the Pascuans wouldn't notice. hobbies . . .
The landing had caused h i m to sweat "What about your hobbies?" lt was
considerably more than had been ap­ Jackie who appeared i n the door. She'd
parent to the other crew members. managed to somehow arrange her short­
Hap knocked on the door to Frank's cropped blonde hair as attractively as
room as the pilot finished climbing back she could under the circumstances. and
into his flight suit. The payload spe­ she'd managed to put on some lip­
cialist had his arms full of emergency stick . . .· which caused Frank to won­
survival rations from his part of the con­ der where she· d managed to pack
tingency landing kit. " H i . just thought · cosmetics for a Shuttle flight.
I'd suggest WC all bring along some ·•come in . Jackie. Hap suggests we
things from the survival kits as gifts and take along some of the food and goodies
presents . . . which would be helpful out of the contingency kit as gifts at the
to us if a hula here is anything like a hula. · · Frank told her.
luau in some of the Polynesian is­ "Government propert y . " Jackie
..
lands . . . pointed out.
..
"Where did you pick up all this back­ "That it is. Hap agreed. "but we're
..
ground data•?" Frank wanted to know. still on government time .
"You been to the South Pacific be­ ··And Lew was thinking he might use
fore?'' it as bait. right?" she asked rhetorically.

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"Speaking of that, Jackie . ' ' Frank ward into the rays of the setting sun.
broke in. looking levelly at her. "what ·'The famous Easter Island statues.··
the military governor said about the na­ Hap mused.
..
tive women probably also applies to the "No.. Miti Hazard . Jose Hey put in.
native men . · · "those are only seven of the moai that
Jackie snorted. "Who needs them? we have managed to put upright again
On the other hand. the military gover­ on this ahu . .
.

nor's pretty_ cute . . . · · "Only seven? How many are there?"


Jose Hey came for them shortly there­ Lew asked.
.
after. and Obreg6n was waiting i n front "Hundreds . . Obreg6n remarked.
qf the hotel with his jeep. The trim Cap­ "Why so many?'' Jackie wondered .
tain in the Armada de Chile looked at "Each moai looks out upon that part
the cans and plastic sacks that all four of the world for which it is responsi­
Shuttle crew members carried and ble.·· Hey explained quietly. "because
dumped into the jeep. then he looked Rapa Nui is tr Pito o re Henua. the
at Frank. Island at the Center of the World . "
"Gifts. ' ' Frank said. "from our sur­ Hap nodded. ' ' Yes. i guess you're
vival kit. which we won't need now. right. lt's the centcr of the world. De­
thanks to your hospitality . · · . pends on how you look at it."
Obreg6n nodded. "These will be There must have been a thousand
welcome. There's little variation in our people gathered there in the dusk. Fires
diet here. But you shouldn't give them were burning in several locations. Sheep
to the Pascuans . . . '' that had been slaughtered only that
"Why. Governor. are you afraid they afternoon were now roasting in the
might get a taste of modem food and midst of volcanic rocks made hot by the
begin demanding more of it?'' Jackie fires.
asked sarcastically. "Where'd you get the wood?" Frank
"Jackie. shut up.'' Frank snapped. asked Hey. "I haven't seen a tree on
..
"Sorry. Governor. that ..yas uncalled this island .
for. and I apologize . . . ·• • The fires are made from dried to­
'

..
· "No offense . the trim officer re­ tora reed that grows in the crater lakes
plied.' 'I went to military school in of Rano Roi. Rano RaraJ<u. and Rano
America. ·I'm familiar with American Kao." Jose Hey told him. "Because of
women . . . your arrival. the governor authorized
The primitive road led. north out of the slaughtering of many sheep for the
Hangaroa to where a large crowd of hula . . . so we will all cat well tonight.
. ..
people had gathered about a mile away thanks to you .
from the village. Dominating the grass As they were guided b y Obregon to
covered plain was a small volcanic cone · an obvious place of honor in the assem-
to the east. But the gaze of the crew of . blage-it was getting hard to see what

the Arlantis was fixed on the seven huge was going on now that · the sun had
stone statues standing in a line .to the dipped below the horizon. bringing with
northeast, the stoic faces looking west- it the rapid semi:tropical night with its

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short twilight-Hap asked the Mayor ten all over him from his bushy mous­
of Hangaroa. "You don't go hungry tache to h i s b l a c k laced f l i g h t
here. do you?" boots-went o n . "Where's Casey Las­
·'No. there is wro and ti. but few fish kewitz? Somebody wants to talk with
.
now," Hey replied. "Mutton is a treat. . . him. too . .
' ' B u t isn't sheep raising one o f the . Richardson pointed out where Cascy
major activities of lsla de Pascua?' · was three rows back sitting next to Herb
lt was the mil itary governor who ex­ Haynes. Both men were reclined in their
plained tonelessly. ·'The sheep belong seats and dead to the world. Red re­
to the Armada de Chile. and we export marked to the navigator. "Unless the
seven tons of wool per year from lsla world's coming apart and Casey's the
de Pascua. Therefore. the sheep are not only one who can fix it. let him sleep.
to cat. But no one goes hungry. By gov­ He's with NASA Public Affairs. and
ernment regulation. each family gets there isn't a \vhole hell of a Jot he can
three kilograms of meat per week. If all report on right now.··
is well. there's one free sho.:::ep for every "Okay. I won't wake him up until
two people every month . . . ·· you two arc finished. Never disturb a
Lcw whistled. "Boy. I knew we'd guy when he's logging sack
landed out in the boonies. but I didn't time . . . But his boss in Washington
think it would be the end of the world wants to talk with him. and it's sup­
.
and the beginning of time . too . . posed to be urgent. · ·
Jose Hey. the Mayor of Hangaroa. "For Casey. it's always urgent.
smiled as he sat down and indicated Red observed . He thought that maybe
places for the honored guests to also sit Joc Marvin could tell him what the
on the reed mat. "No. Miti Clay . you problem was. Ten to one. Red could
are at re Piw o re Hemw . · · handle it without having to disturb the
PAO man upon whom he was going to
CHAPTER SIX be so dependent at Easter Island in keep­
ing the news media off his back and out
The navigator clambered down the of the way of the working people.
aluminum ladder from the night deck Up on the flight deck of the Hercules.
and made his way through the dimlj-lit the navigator motioned Joyce toward
rows of seats to where Joyee and Red the o.:::mpty jump scat behind the pilot.
were sitting. "We've sure got popular The constant drone of the big props was
people aboard this flight. " he told somewhat less audible here. but the
them. "Miss Fisher. there's a call for noise level from the boundary layer of
you from Washington. and then Joe air moving past the nose at 380 miles
Marvin in Houston wants to talk to you. per hour actually made it noisier.
Mister Richardson. · · · · Better use this.·· the navigator told
Red started lO get up t o let Joyce out her and handed her a headset with car­
into the aisle. but the navigator-a phones and boom mike attached and a
young man in the shiny green nomex long cord with a push-to-talk switch.
.
flight coveralls and . Air Force" writ- "You won't be able to hear anything

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without thi�. You've. got to push this The Chilean government officials kn�w
.switch to talk. Got it?'' they had the mighty United States right
Joyce nodded. where they wanted it, and they were
As she suspected, it was Alft'ed M. exacting the maximum toll possible.
Dewey in Washington . The telephone "Provided Lean get this matter staffed
link had been routed from the Space here in State tomorrow morning when
Center through Ellington Air Force the proper people are here to approve
Base to the Naval Air Station at Corpus the accommodations and arrangements,
Christi .and thence via military UHF link I don't anticipate that there'll be any
to the Hercules. problemS" in clearing your flight through
In spite of all these interconnections. Santiago to lsla de Pascua or in obtain­
she could hear her boss quite well. · ing whatever's necessary from the Chi­
"Miss Fisher, .the Chilean government leans. You're responsible. Miss Fisher,
has agreed to permit us to conduct our for all United States diplomatic affairs
operations on lsla de Pascua under cer­ on Pascua, including the necessary pro­
tain conditions . . . ' ' tocol for the Chilean inspection com­
"What's it going to cost us. Mister mission that will join your flight in
Dewey?'' Joyce had been anticipating Santiago. · ·
this. She knew the area very well, and "Do I report to our Ambassador in
she knew how business of all sorts was Santiago or to you?'' she wanted to
conducted in this part of the world. It know.
was an open secret, although it shocked "To me, please. I've been given the
Americans when they first encountered equally difficult job of handling the
it. matter for State . . . and it looks like
.
. Miss Fisher." Dewey's voice be­ we've all got a very busy time ahead
trayed the fact that he was somewhat of us. "
sensitive about the matter, "I don't in­ ' ' I guess so. Listen. I need the full
tend to discuss the details over an open details of the arrangements and condi­
communications line. However, suita­ tions agreed on. It's quite probable I'll
ble arrangements and accommodations have to slap a few hands that shouldn't
have bee� made. . . . be in the till. If I don't monitor it closely
"I understand . · · and make sure it's done according tQ
·'The Embassy in Santiago will be agreement. this operation could triple
fully briefed on the matter, and our tt,e federal budget. · ·
charge there will be .coordinating activ­ ''The Santiago Embassy will have the
ities with you and the Chilean authori­ full details in a cable that will be there
ties. As I requested. you're to proceed by the time you arrive tomorrow. Tell
to lsla de Pascua �here you '11 be, in the NASA head of operations--Reed
effect, our ambassador without port­ Richardson . is it?-tell him not to
folio." He went on to explain the full dicker prices or costs. That sort of thing
range of conditions that the Chileans is to be referred through the Embassy
had insisted upon. in Santiago. I ' m not just certain whose
Joyce shook her head as she listened. budget these funds will come out of.

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but I've been told we shouldn't worry about it. and the FAA didn't have the
about it.So we'll let GAO or OMB slightest notion of how to grant a Cer­
..
keep score . tificate of Airworthiness to a spacecraft
" M i ster Dewey. you sound awfully and didn't want to spend the time and
tired . . . ' ' effort developing the standards for what
She could hear the sigh over the head­ was considered to be a single type of
phones all the way from Washington. specialized vehicle. the Space Shuttle.
" l t ' s been a long day. Miss Fisher. And After all . the previous space capsules
i t may be a long night. too." didn't have certification. Of course.
' ' I agree. l t ' s been the same for me. they didn't have wings. either. lt seems
How's Nash Sullivan doing in New a decision was made that the United
York'?" States would consider the Space Shuttle
· · He got there too late today to do as a spacecraft . . . but people come
much. but we'll be sending a NASA and go in the Civil Service . as you
briefing team up to the United Nations know. and apparently nobody bothered
to present the full details to those on the to consider all of the international pro­
Security Council who'll listen . . . tocol that would be required in a con­
Joyce sighed. "Sullivan·s got his tingency landing. I understand that was
hands full. too . " a big problem with the entire Shuttle
"Miss Fisher. in addition to that ca­ program during its development period:
ble waiting for you when you get to because of a short budget. everyone
Santiago, the charge will have the planned for and counted on a hundred
proper documents ready to take to lsla per cent success all the way down the
de Pascua for the crew and for the At­ line . . . " Dewey 's voice was getting
lantis. · · weak now. often disappearing in white
' ' Documents?'' noise.
"The crew wasn't provided with "It's getting difficult to hear you. I ' l l
passports, so the Embassy in Santiago call you from Panam a . ' '
is preparing them and obtaining Chilean · · very well. I presume I'll be here.
visas. And the Atlantis didn't carry a Never had to sleep on my office sofa
Certificate of Airworthiness or the FCC before. but there ' s always a first
licenses for the radio transmitters aboard time . . .
as required by international law . . . " "You should try these airlift seats,"
"Good Heavens. that's incredible. Joyce remarked. But the connection had
Anybody who's done any international gottcn so bad by then that she wasn't
travel knows about that. Who's respon­ sure he'd heard her. She stripped off the
sible for the oversight?'· headset and handed it to the navigator.
"Never mind. l t seems there's al­ "Lost him . . .
ways been some question regarding ""Yeah. we're getting out of range of
.
whether the Shuttle Orbiter is a space­ the Corpus UHF transmitter, . the nav­
craft or an aircraft. The best answer I've igator replied.
been able to get is that back in the early The Herculcs pilot turned and re­
1970's NASA and the FAA got together makred. "Paul. try Sclcal or VHF.

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Houston wanted to taJk to Richardson. on · a fourth Herk that Matt Hubbard
There must be some frequency we can managed to find. for us. The satellite .
.
get through on . . . . boys'll get the ground station set up and
. . Roger. Stand by, Mister Richard­ working for ·you on Isla de Pascua so
son. I ' 11 try on another channe l . " you'll have constant communications
They'd been more than two hours in with us,"
the air on the first five-hour leg to Pan­ "If we have the electrical power to
ama, flying down the east coast of Mex­ run it. Did anybody think to consider
ico. Although there was constant radio that?'' Red wanted to know.
contact between the Hercules and the "We may work for Mission Control.
M�xican air traffic controllers, working but we ain't stupid. EllingtQn loaned us
special communications channels through a I 0 KV A generator unit. one of their
U.S. facilities was a different matter. APU's that's run by a gas turbine and
The navigator and the pilot both set to uses JP-4 for fuel . . . and we'll have
the task of establishing contact with the plenty of that on Pascua. The fourth
Federal Telephone Service through the Herk will leave Ellington tomorrow
MAC radio communications system. with a lot of goodies aboard including
Finally. the navigator handed the that APU. ' '
headset to Red who put it on, adjusted "Good work. Looks l.ike we're going
the boom mike. pushed the talk switch, to have to bring in just about everything
and tentatively said, . . Testing, testing, we need . . . ' '
testing . . . ·" "Not quite. Talk to Joyce Fisher. I'm
"That must pe Red Richardson. He's sure her boss in State just gave her the
always testing, " came the voice of Joe same good news and bad news he
Marvin from Houston. . passed aJong to us. Guess what, Red?
• • Are you still on the board there, The Chileans are going ta help us!"
Joe?'' Red wanted to know. "Yeah?"
"Yeah, but I'm going to turn it over "Yeah. Whether we want it or
to the next shift and get some sleep once not . . . and at our expense."
·
I pass some hot skinny along to you," "Just what I needed. I'm going to
Joe Marvin told him. "Listen, the sec­ have enough trouble handling .an Amer­
ond Herk got off Houston International ican crew under these circumstances.
without a hitch. It's got one of Eastern's Who the hell saddled me with two
low-boy JG75 tugs. And we dug up a· crews, neither speaking Ule other's lan­
satellite ground station for you. It's one guage?'' Red Richardson was upset
of the old ones that was used on the about this turn of events. "Okay . Joe.
recovery carriers during Apollo. GE make sure that Herk full of goodies has
and Western Union both volunteered the equivalent of lots of junk jewelry
some of their people from here to dust for the natives. Sounds like I'm going
it off, set it up, and operate it. They to have to buy our way through
took it out of storage and we packed it this . . . ••

aboard the Herk in place of the runway • ·According to State. good old Uncle
construction gear which'll be coming Sam is already paying through the nose

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.
for these ·accommodation s . · That's the olutionary fervor. .
word that the guy from State used . " ··our agent on Pascua informs us he
.
Marvin's voice came back with a note will act when the time is right."
of disgust in it. " l t ' s cheaper than pay­ · ' I do not intend to depend on that.
ing for a new Orbiter. At any rate. I'll We have detached the Kharkm· and the
stick a lot of goodies in that fourth Hcrk. Srerdlo1· from the Yladivostok com­
But don't go hog wild with them. State mand and ordered them to the vicinity
says to talk to Joyce about it. She ap­ of lsla de Pascua. A show of force in
parently knows her way around down the area will do much to deter any
there . · · American plans to establish their base
·n1 do that. But tell State this i s my on Pascua. · ·
show. and it's my responsibility to get ··And it will also cover well for the
.
the At/anti.\· off Easter Island as fast as other operation . .
possible. I' rn not going to put up with "Da. a diversion may be necessary
any mmuma stuff from the Chileans. if the Americans dispatch naval forces
Make sure State understands it too. The to t h e area i n response to our
first time the Chilean helpers get in the move . . .
way. they're off the job . . . · ·
"Uh. okay. but better work through "Casey. sorry to bother you in the
Joyce Fisher. According to the man middle of the night . " Roger Service's
from State. that's why she's there . Red. voice from Washington was not quite
And she's apparently got the full dele­ conciliatory over the long telephone
gated authority from State to act in the plus radio link to the Hercules cruising
interests of the United State s . · · southeastward beyond Yucatan. "But
' ' I ' l l talk t o her about it. Joe. but this I've got a problem here. and you've
job can have only one boss . . . and handled it in the past . . . · ·
that's me!" · ' What's up. Roger?" Casey had a
He'd known from the start this was foul taste in his mouth. In spite of the
going to be a difficult job involving the Air Force coffee-which never man­
interplay of two cultures. But Red Rich­ aged to measure up to the Navy coffee.
ardson was beginning to realize this in­ especially on MAC flights-he'd been
terplay was getting more complica(ed sleeping deeply. lulled by the constant
by the minute. throb of the Herk's turboprops. He
wasn't sure he was awake. and he tried
·'Comrade. the Chilean government to drag his brain up out of the cotton
has acceded to the American request to pit of exhaustion in order to talk intel­
recover their spacecraft in spite of our ligently to his boss.
efforts at the U . N. and in Santiago. · · .
"it's Marty Soloman . . . .
"Do you think I am not aware of "Oh? What's Marty Baby want this
that? Since the junta took power and time?" Casey replied caustically.
installed lackeys of the imperialistic ''He's madder than hell he wasn't
capitalists in government positions. the included in the initial team to Easter
usual greed of capitalism overcame rev- Island with you . . . · •

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"Look. Roger. Herb Haynes is the Easter Island, it's a different
pool reporter for the initial segment. matter .
That was agreed by .the Washington God damn it! Casey thought as he
bureaus of all the wire services and net­ took off the headset after the conver­
works. · · Casey explained. sation ended. Am I going to have to hold
"He won't buy it. He knows Alice hi.\· little hand all the way from Easter
..
Amold's with you . Island? Well. it was either that or let
.
. How come you saddled me with Roger Service screw up four years of
Alice Amold anyway. Roger?'· careful bridge building to the right peo­
"She knows where all the bodies are ple in the media. people who'd give the
buried. " Shuttle the right sort of coverage. thanks
''Who and where?" to Casey Laskewitz.
"How can I put it? Basically, she At that point. he was beginning to
knows who's doing what to who and wish he'd stayed in Washington to han­
who's getting paid for it over in the dle things from there. Hut the contin­
Executive Office Building. I had two gency landing plans stipulated he was
options. One. I could've let her turn the the first to go to wherever an Orbiter
thumb screws at sixteen hundred Penn­ had made a contingency landing. He
sylvania, whereupon there would've wondered why he hadn't had the fore­
been calls to the Administrator that sight to somehow insist home base be
might have made the Administrator. up­ adequately covered by someone of his
set. Or. two. I could get her aboard choice whom he'd trained. Why had he
because she's a woman: Jackie Hart's been so stupid to forget that Roger Serv­
mission specialist on this flight. and l ice would be the one sitting on home
was simply responding to the latest di­ plate and fretting. possibly even mess­
rective about equal opportunity news ing up forever the careful structure of
coverage. You might say l did it so relationships built by Casey Laskewitz?
Alice could cover the woman's angle. " · ·How we doin ''?" he asked the pilot.
"Okay. I ' 1 1 buy that. What else can peering out at the darkness beyond the
I do?'' red-lit instrument panel and the wind-
·

"What do I do about Marty?" shield.


• 'Get him on the Pan Am press ·'Oh, another nine-five minutes and

· charter. and I'll take care of his tantrurt;�s we should be starting to let down for
once I get him on Easter Island a couple Panama. · · the pilot replied with .1 bored
of thousand miles away from network professionalism.
headquarters." Casey explained. "About a five hour flight. then'?" '
··He wants to bring his own camera­ ··Yup."
man. and he demands time on the sat­ "How much to�l time to Santiago'?''
ellite link . ' · The pilot riffled through the papers
"Good old Marty Baby. Tell him of his flight planning documt:nts. "We
sure. Give him what he wants as long figure about fifteen hours total . not
as he's in New York with immediate counting ground time and if the winds
access to the network. Once .he gets to hold the way they are.··

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lee:. that's foren•r mu/ a day! he Ccnter of the World. were the moai. the
thought. Service could� 't hold off the huge stone statues.
media that long. much less the addi­ Yet another clan of terrestrial people
tional time it'd take to lly the 2000 miles . had come to the Center of the World.
from Santiago to Easter Island. He'd Like many Americans. Frank had
have to write some sort of release about never eaten mutton. At first taste. it
this initial phase of the rescue llight and seemed greasy and fatty. But. cooked
dispatch it from Panama when they <ts the Pascuans did it with the heat from
landed. And he figured he'd have to do volcanic rocks wam1ed by flames from
the same for both Lima and Santiago. burning totora. it was a delicious if dif­
That meant he'd better get busy. No ferent taste.
typewriter. so he'd have to do it the Frank suddenly realized he hadn't
hard way: longhand on a paper tablet. had anything to eat since the pre-launch
Damn! Should have brought a type­ br<!akfast back at Yandenberg that
writer! he told himself savagely. Why morning. At the moment. it seemed like
hadn•t he remembered a simple thing a long time ago. And it had been in a
like a typewriter? Well. maybe he could totally different world. The food tasted
.
"borrow . one from somebody in Pan­ good. even if it wasn't something he
ama with a promise to return it on his was used to. And he found himself un­
way back from Easter Island at some winding from the events of the day. in­
indeterminate time months in the future cluding the incredible stress of landing
when this was finally all packed in and the Atlamis on Mataveri with no landing
wrapped up. aid other than a simple YOR station. l t
had hyped him u p considerably. The
·
In the meantime. the interplay be­ adrenalin was still flowing through his
tween cultures w.as getting along j ust system. and he felt homy the way he
fine on Rapa Nui: always had when returning from a com­
It was. Frank rellected through a bat mission with lots of SAMS and
slightly alcoholic haze created by some­ MIGS and llak. But he remembered
thing Captain Ernesto Obreg6n had what Obregon had told him. and he held
brought along. one hell of a good party . himself in check as he'd learned to do
A full moon had risen over Rapa Nui at Bien Hoa and other far away places
in an absolutely clear sky. The southe:tst where the women were either off limits
trade wind wafted across the island. or looked like one of his daughters.
blowing out to sea the smoke from the Nevertheless. he began to feel pretty
multitude of fires. The brilliant light q.f good.
the moon actually threw shadows from Obreg6n was feeling good. too. h
the volcanic cones of Rano Roi and was obvious to the Shuttle pilot that the
Rano Kao. And. standing enigmatically military governor was under the sort of
on the crest of the hill to the north as stress that was unusual for his culture.
if watching yet another incursion of He was the military governor. the man
strange peoples meet the unearthly sur­ in charge . trying· to run this tiny. iso­
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not only decades old but often created · Houston. And I suspect that Lewis Clay
by his own government bureaucrats in was also a military pilot before joining
Santiago who·d never been to Isla de your space agency. However, even
Pascua. though your Air Force no� has women
But Obregon's early education had pilots, I don't imagine that Senorita
been in the United States at various Hart is one of them. With no insult in­
military schools, and he'd picked up tended to the Senorita. she doesn't ex­
ideas and concepts that were alien to hibit the knowledge of military courtesy
what he had to do as the military gov­ one always finds among professionals
ernor of lsla de Pascua. such as ourselves the world over . . . · '
As a result. a lot of rules and regu­ "You're a very astute observer. Gov­
lations went by the boards that night ernor.· •

because Americans were on the is­ Obreg6n unscrewed the cap from the
land . . . and Obreg6n felt at home bottle and poured some into Frank's
with Americans. It was patently obvious now-empty cup. "Since you object to
to Frank that Obreg6n deliberately turned the use of your rank, perhaps we should
his back several times on several quiet dispense with such protocol altogether.
infractions of the rules he'd laid out to We'll undoubtedly be working closely
the Shuttle crew earlier. together in the weeks to come. The use
The military governor took quite a of titles should probably be continued
few belts from the bottle during the eve­ in public, of course. But between men
ning. but he never got to the point where of similar responsibilities and back­
he began to act drunk. His very profes­ grounds, the use of titles to convey re­
sional. businesslike manner mellowe� spect can be cumbersome in private
considerably. however. and he became conversations and dealings. I'm aware
increasingly convivial. "You don't know of American ways. and I like the in­
what a pleasure it is, Colonel. to be able formality among you that signifies basic
to hold a conversation with an educated respect for one another as competent
military man such as yourself. . . Ob­ individual s . " He fill.;d his own cup .
reg6n confided to Frank. "We get many screwed the-top back on the bottle. and
scientists and tourists in here. but sel­ looked directly at Frank. "I'd be pleased
dom any military men except my fellow if you·d know IJlC as Ernesto . . . ' ·
naval officers on the ship that comes Frank looked him straight in the eye.
once each year. · · also. The two of them were oblivious
"Uh. Governor.· · Frank replied cau­ to the raucous paTty around them. to the
tiously. "in my capacity as commander throb of drums, to the spontaneous
of the Atlantis, which is a spacecraft of dancing that was going on in the light
our nation's civilian space agency. I'd of the totom fires. "What ciid they call
prefer my military rank not be used. As you when you were going to school in
a matter of fact. may I ask how you America?"
learned of it?" Obreg6n laughed . . . At V M I . my
" I listened when the reporters were nickname was 'Chili-dog ! ' "
questioning you on the radio from Frank guffawed and raised his glass.

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"Well. here's to Chili-dog . . . bu.t I'll "Well. let's not create any prob­
call you Ernesto. • · lems." Lew replied smoothly. realizing
The military governor raised his glass for the first time from that remark that
to the Shuttle pilot. "And here's to Jackie probably had the world's greatest
Colonel King . . . Frank. · · inferiority complex not only because of
" I '1 1 drink to that . ' ' all the woman's lib beliefs she held but
It wasn't realized until much later because she was competing with a Jot
how very important that hula on the of very good male pilots and mission
night of the arrival of the Atlantis was. specialists. He began to understand her
Some sociologist might ponder over for the first time. "I'm taking to heart
its implications years later during the what the military governor said we
preparation of a thesis on the social im­ shouldn't do . . . ·•
plications of Shuttle Down. but right " I didn't think you'd pay any atten­
then it was smoothing off a lot of rough tion to the warning about the women.
edges between two groups of people Lew. "
who were culturally as different as night Lew laughed. "Jackie. don't worry
and day. about it. They don't know about Lew
Hap had been talked into getting Clay. hot pilot, yet. But I think Frank
shakily to his feet and dancing with an was worried about you and the Pascuan
attractive Pascuan girl. She was trying men. alth�ugh Obreg6n didn't say any­
to get Hap to hula. but the NASA pay­ thing about· that. ' '
load specialist would have none of it. Jackie looked out at the dancing
He started to teach her to disco to the forms. "Hadn't entered my mind, but
beat of the drums. It was good disco on now that you mention it, he didn't say
Hap's P!lrt; he knew what he was doing. anything about the men . . . And some
After watching Hap for a few minutes, of them are attractive . . . ' '
the Chilean naval personnel caught the "What have they got that I haven't
spirit of the thing. As for the Pascuans, got?''
they treated it like one of their native " I don't know. What've you got?"
dances, adding their own unique mo­ "Come on. let's dance. Maybe you'll
tions and steps to what Hap was doing find out." .
in his bare feet with his white oomex ··All right. I've never really gotten
NASA coveralls rolled up to his knees. to know any Navy brown shoe types."
A combination of Polynesian hula ''No shoes tonight. Come on. ,take
and American disco turned out to be a off those flight boots. Jackie. You fig­
wild and unusual dance combination. ure we'll ever have another opportunity
"How about that. Jackie?" Lew to dance barefoot in the sand on a south
asked as the two of them watched, sit­ sea island with no communications and
ting side by side on the reed mat that no boss to look over our .shoulders?'·
was their place of honor that evening. Lew was rapidly shucking his boots and
"What to give it a try'?" rolling up his flight coverall legs.
"Why don't you cut in on Hap?" she "You know." Jackie said, pausing
wanted to know. to think about it. "you're right. And

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judging from what Hot Pilot King's And it might be a very good time to
drinking over there with Obregon, nei­ check out those rumors.
ther .of them give a damn tonight, As for Jackie. she'd heard the rumors
either." She not only pulled off her about Lew Clay. too . . . and about
flight boots and rolled up her coverall Navy pilots in general. She became anx­
legs. but she also rolled up her coverall ious to check the data for herself as
sleeves and zipped down the front of well.
the coveralls quite a good deal more The two of them didn't dance -very
than she'd normally have done even in long. They didn't have to.
a disco along NASA Road One. Nobody noticed the two of them
Lew obviously noticed. "What. no walking slowly up the hill toward the
NASA issue lingerie'?" seven huge statues. their arms around
"Listen. when you fall outside the one another and their white coveralls
ninety percentile standard that all NASA gleaming in the bright moonlight. There
stuff is designed for. it's too damned were other couples who were doing the
tight, ' · the mission specialist told him. same thing. In this time and place. no­
bouncing to her feet. "One of my am­ body cared.
bitions is to design decent space flight They disappeared into the deep shad­
fashions for women. · · She began to ows at the base of the enigmatic statues .
move to the music. To an outside observer from another
Obviously, the whole crew of the planet. it might have been a strange
Atlantis was reacting to the release of sight. In the bright light of a full moon ·
the incredible tension of the day with in a cloudless sky-a moon once walked
the same physiological reactions albeit by humans and awaiting the next booted
with very individual ways of releasing imprint on its ancient surface-the black ,
that tension. and white shape of the Space Shuttle
Jackie may have been as hard as nails Atlanris sat quietly on the runway while
to some and able to whip her weight in only a few miles away near seven huge
wildcats. but Lew noticed for the first stone statues with impassive faces that
time-why hadn't he seen it perhaps guarded the secret of their an­
earlier?-that Jackie was basically all cient source, a group of humans danced
female and probably capable of about and cavorted and ate and drank by the
Mach Three. He decided then and there flickering light of fires and made love
he· d paid too much attention to the sto­ to one another with joy and pleasure as
ries in the Astronaut Office and damned human beings had done for millions of·
himself for placing too much credence years .
in them. He got to his feet and began Not even the four space farers in their
to move to the rhythm of the drums. shimmering white flight suits could help
A time and a place like this might not being caught up and lost in the ancient
come along for quite a while, he told o:Jebration of people coming together
himself. to enjoy each other because, in spite of
It was apparent that Jackie was think­ themselves and what they were trained
ing the same thing. to do. they were humans. too.

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CHAPTER SEVEN mos bottles of coffee that had been re­
filled in Panama.
,When the sun rose again over the The flight crew was still on station.
western hemisphere the day after the but Red could see that fatigue was be­
Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off fr�m ginning to show on their faces. Each
Vandenberg Air Force Base, some peo­ man exhibited the dull and emotionless
ple already had their lives changed be­ expression that betrayed the face that
yond their wildest imaginings of twenty­ each of them bad managed to catch cat­
four hours before. And some didn't _naps as the Herk flew on autopilot.
know it yet. Red waved the thermos. · 'Coffee?' '
Alfred M. Dewey rose from the sofa The pilot stretched. fumbled for the
in his office where he'd spent the night paper cup i� the holder on his left. and
after long telephone conversations with remarked, "For the dawn patrol, al­
many people. For the first time in his ways. Thanks. Chuck. you'd better go
life, he watched the sun rise over Wash­ to the john first.·' he told his co-pilot.
ington, D.C. 'TU check it out after you come back."
Because the west coast of South The co-pilot indicated his cup to Red.
America is an hour ahead of Washing­ "Fill 'er up, and thanks. It'll be cool
ton's time, sunrise came earlier to the enough for me by the time I get back."
flight of three Air Force C-130 Hercules He crawled �ut of the right seat-<:argo
transport planes winging their way planes are not built for easy access to
southeastward. Red Richardson was the crew stations, either-and disap­
awakened from a fitful slumber as the peared down the ladder into the dark­
light from the rising sun poured through. ness of the cargo bold. -
one of the three small. portholes on the Making a minute adjustment to one
left side of the plane, making colwnns of the multitude of controls on his panel,
of brilliance through the otherwise dark­ the flight engineer told Red, "Thanks.
ened cargo bold. Lima, Peru was now I've got some hot tea. Can't take coffee.
behind them. Fatigued as he wa's, he My .system confuses caffein with uric
. was .. still running on the momentum of acid, and I can't always. leav� ,�Y
,;
the previous day which, with the land­ post . .· .
ings in Panama and Lima in the middle The pilot chuckled and sipped the hot
of the night, hadn't really been sepa­ coff� Red had poured. • • Santiago about
rated from this morning by the usual sixteen hundred Zulu Time," he re­
night of sleep. He went to the john , marked. "Noon local."
decided it was useless to try to shave "Long flight. Will you be able to get
in the cramped and spartan facilities of some rest in Santiago before that long
the cargo plane's single tiny lavatory, haul to Pascua?'' Red asked. worried
and elected to clamber up to the flight that· the critical flight crew might be­
deck so he wouldn't disturb Joyce who come over-tired and therefore accident­
was still blissfully sound asleep in the prone.
reclined seat. Thinking of the crew. he "I'll hack the sWt-hour flight to Pas­
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Shuttle Down /43


and spend an hour or so in peace and ' Lew and Jackie. and he recalled trying
.
quiet walking around . . the pilot told to get Hap into the jeep. And there was
him. ..lt's an over-water flight. The a vague recollection of a somewhat wild
navigator's the one who sweats that ride ovct' a very rugged road with Er­
leg . . . " nesto and him driving by the committee
' " We've got to get to Pascua fast with system-Ernesto steering by reference
.
this propellant handling equipment. . to the left side of the road and counting
Red explained. perhaps unnecessarily. on Frank to keep track of the other side.
""That Orbiter's loaded with nitrogen WelL he thought as he looked out
tetroxide . . . · · over the little village of Hangaroa and
""How much room on that runway the sparse volcanic landscape of Rapa
with the Shuttle on it, too?'' Nui. he might have time to get shaped
·'The Atlantis rolled out about eight up before the first C-5's landed later in
hundred feet from the end of a runway the day.
almost nine thousand feet long and a Then he remembered that the Atlantis
hundred wide . . . · · was still siuing on the Mataveri runway .
.
. . No sweat. . the pilot said with a No C-5 Galaxy could land safely with
grin . . . We can drop this bird in fully the Atlantis there. What would they try
loaded on an eight hundred foot strip. to do? Although he found it difficult to
Uh. Pete. see what they put aboard in make the simple mental calculations. he
the way of breakfast for us, will you?" figured that nobody would show up at
he asked his flight engineer. least until much later than evening .
Maybe Obreg6n's men could get the
That same sun rising a little later over radio transmitter on the air so he could
the volcanic cones of Rapa Nui struck talk to Red Richardson . if Red had made
Frank squarely in the face as it streamed it to Santiago yet.
through the windows of the Hotel Ran­ That would give Frank time to re­
garoa. He rolled over and tried to bury cover from last night. Red would un­
his head in the pillow. lt was no use. derstand. But Frank didn't know who
So he sat up . . . and wished he hadn't. else would be coming. Sometimes the
Damn. that had been a good party ! non-tlying side of NASA didn't under­
Too good. He should have known better stand the tlying side. Well. the guys
than to try to stay drink for drink with with the pocket calculators would never
Ernesto. Whatever the military gover­ have to land an Orbiter without the
nor'd had in the boule was good . but microwave landing system. so to hell
it'd also been potent. with what they thought.
His tongue was asleep . . . and his He managed to wash and shave with
teeth itched. what he could find in the personal sur­
No. he decided. his teeth had sweat­ vival kit. Quite obviously. the one-shot
ers on them instead. disposable razor had been obtained from
He didn't recall when the party had the lowest bidder. And the shaving
broken up. He hadn't looked at his cream in its little plastic baggie wouldn't
watch. He remembered trying to find lather in the hard water.

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Naturally. the survival kit contained his hand against Hap's sweating fore­
nothing for a hangover. just four aspi­ head. "Hap, you're running a hella­
rin. Was NASA telling him. in eff�t. cious fever. Let me see .if I can find that
"

to take four aspirin and they'd call him doctor . . . . ,


in a few days? Jose Hey came running when Frank
Even in · his current physical condi­ walked through the lobby-patio of the
tion, he couldn't help grinni'ng as he hotel calling for him. The Mayor of
thought about it. Two of the aspirin Hangaroa looked ra�er pale, but seemed
would help . . . some. At least. they'd to have survived the party in better
keep him from dying for a few hours shape than the Shuttle pilot. And he
anyway. Beyond that. who could managed to produce Doctor Esteban
tell . . . ? within ten minutes .
Breakfast would help. and he hoped "Nothing very unusual . I see it oc­
that Jose Hey had a decent kitchen, a casionally here on Rapa Nui. Bacillary
good cook. and something more than dysentery. · · was the Doctor's immedi­
rato to eat. ate diagnosis.
He remembered where Hap· s room · ' I didn't think there was any of that
was because he'd poured the payload left!" Frank exclaimed. "How come I
specialist into it in the middle of the don't have it? Hap. did you eat anything
night. His sharp knock on the door some Pascuan offered you that I didn't
brought a reply that was a moan. "Go get offered. tooT '
..
'way and lemme die in peace. ''I don't know . . . I don't
It was the sort of response Frank ex­ know . . . I ate the mutton and the taro
pected, but the tone of Hap's voice was and all with the rest of you . . . '•

wrong. In fact. it sounde� like the pay­ "What did you drink. Senor Haz­
load specialist was indeed dying. Frank ard?'' Doctor Esteban asked.
opened the door lo see Hap curled up · 'The stuff Obreg6n had . . . And·
in a fetal position on the bed. holding you had something. roo. While we were
his stomach with his arms and sweating dancing, Marina Kehu gave me some
profusely. kind of real potent stuff they make from
"Come on. Hap. you'll feel better if goat's milk . . . ' '
you get up and get some food into you. • · Doctor Esteban sighed. "We have
Frank began. outbreaks of dysentery from time .to
"Like hell! I've been sicker than a time on Rapa Nui. Most of us have nat­
dog for the last couple of hours. I've ural immunity to the majority of the
g�t a god-awful pain in my belly. and bacteria that cause it. The bacteria can
I've vomited everythiflg that's in me. come from milk prodHcts. Seiior Hazard
and I've been running to the crapper obviously has no resistance to the par­
like there was no end to it . . . • · The ticular bacterial strain that's causing his
payload specialist -groaned. "Whatever dysentery. ' · ·

I ate last night . . . Boy. it sure got to ' 'What's the diagnosis, Doe?" Haz­
me.•• ard managed to graon. "Am I gonna
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"You very well may . . . · · and intoxication , " Esteban explained .
. . Are you serious. Doctor?" Frank · ' I ' l l have Captain Obregon get in touch
wanted to know. with Santiago. In the meantime. we
"I wish I were not. 1 " 1 1 try to find must force fluids." He shook his head.
out whether it's the Shiga or Flexner­ " l t would help greatly if I had some
Harris strain. although the Shiga type antibiotic . . . ••
is most common on Rapa Nui. I hope Frank k-new h e had to do something
that i� is indeed only dysentery and not or possibly lose Hap Hazard. Doctor
amcbiasis or cholera. which would be -Esteban and all the experience he pos­
.
even more serious . · · Esteban remarked sessed notwithstanding . . We'd better
with some concern evident in his voice see Captain Obregon at once. Doctor.
for the first time. I t was obvious that. Then I ' l l go back to the Atlmuis and see
with his education and training in Cen­ what we have i n the medical kit .aboard .
tral and South America. this medical Certainly it must have something in it
man had seen such diseases far more that'll make him more comfortable. and
often than any American doctor. · · 1 will it may contain t>oth antibiotics and diar­
start Senor Hazard on sulfadiazine im­ rhea medicin e . · · lt didn't make any dif­
mediatel y . But I will also have to see ference to him now whether or not there
the Governor. We may have to get some was still nitrogen tetroxide aboard the
of the other sulfa drugs flown in from Atlmrtis. He knew he had to risk getting
Santiago if he does not respond to the the medical kit out at all costs.
sulfadiazine. Perhaps some streptomy­ lt would be inexcuseable to lose a
cin · or chloromycetin can be tlown in Space Shuttle payload specialist to a
as well in case he develops granulocy­ disease that's been a common scourge
topenia as a result of sulfa therapy . And of the human race for eons and which.
I'll want to check that fermented in the modern world. was considered
drink . . . if I can find Marina and if to be a primitive affliction no longer of
she has any of it left . . . I don't want great importance.
to have an epidemic of dysentery on my l t was certainly of great importance
hands . . . •• to Hap Hazard.
··You implied the possibility o fdying He banged on Lew's door. . . Roust
from this. Doctor. How real is that pos­ it out, buddy. We've got work to do."
sibility'?'· Frank pressed. • ·Ahwrr. · ' came a muffled growl .
.. Highly probable without treatment. Frank opened the door, strode over
The biggest problem is dehydration and to his co-pilot's bed. and dumped him
an imbalance of electrolytes because unceremoniously on the floor. "Get up.
he's not only sweating. but passing Hap's sick and may damned well die.
t1uids almost constantly. There is also Get dressed . We're going out to the
the problem of the exotoxins of the bac­ Arlantis. · ·
teria. and this is usually very painful. Lew shook his head. He hadn't both­
often leading to delerium. If therapy is ered to undress before climbing into
delayed . it can be fatal within three to bed. "What the hell arc you talking
four days because of both dehydration about?'�

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"Just what I said. Get up and put again,'' Frank guessed, remembering
your shoes on. We've got to get the what Obregon had told .them about the
medical kit out of the Atlantis." Pascuan lack of property.res pect. "Some
Without another word. he strode out Pascuan's sporting a pair of NASA-is- ­
and down the haU to Jackie's room. sue space shuttle crew boots today.
Again. he pounded on the door. maybe the' first shoes he's ever had.
"Just a moment. " Jackie's voice re­ Never mind. buddy. You'll just have
plied. and Frank could hear noises in to go barefoot. Let's find Obregon."
the room. Then the door opened. and The military gove·mor. dressed in a
-Jackie peeked through. She was still clean set of khakis with an immaculate,
wearing her flight coveralls. "Frank. razor-sharp press to them. was having
the world must be coming to an end or breakfast in his quarters with Father
you're living damned dangerously. Francisco when the two Shuttle pilots
waking me .up under these conditions. arrived. Upon hearing Frank's report.
especially after . . . " Obreg6n nodded and said, "I'll be in
"Put it all together. Jackie. " Frank touch with Santiago as quickly as I can
told her. "We've got a very sick Hap get to the radio station . ' ·
Hazard . Dysentery . · · . .Can Lew and I borrow the jeep to
·Jackie's expression changc
�d imme­ go out to the Atlamis after we drop you
diately. and she became all business at the radio shack?'·
again. "What can I do. Frank?" Frank almost didn't have to ask.
"Go hold his hand. do what Doctor ' ' I will go to the Hotel Hangaroa and
Esteban tells you. and keep forcing see if there is anything that I may do
fluids to him until Lew and I get back to help Doctor Esteban and Senor Haz­
..
from the Atlantis with the medical kit . ard , " Father Francisco remarked as
"In other words, you need a nurse?" they parted. .. I may not be a doctor, but
··1 don't. Hap does. And he may die perhaps I can help in other ways . . . "

if we don't get that medical kit and if Both pilots were extremely cautious
somebody doesn't give Doe Esteban a as they drove slowly up the nmway to­
hand with Hap . . . · • ward the Atlantis. Her tail with its
One thing Frank could certainly say rocket nozzles faced tliem, but there
about Jackie: she might be rough as a was no way they could tell whether or
cob, but when the chips were down she not there were nitrogen tetroxide vapors
could be counted on. · around her. Fortunately. the breeze was
He collected up Lew on his way back very light this morning and blowing
down· the hall. The co-pilot hadn't gently out of the northwest. That would
shaved, but that could wait. "Where are help carry any fumes away from them
your boots?" Frank asked. as they approached. Frank thought.
Lew looked down at his rolled-up "See anything?" Lew asked, peering
coverall legs and bare feet. "Damned at the tail section as they drove slowly
if 1 - know. I took them off last night at up.
the hula.': · "No. OMS . pods look okay to me.
"You'll probably never see them In fact, there doesn't seem to be any-

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thing obviously wrong with her.'' Frank the open hatch . He wasn't out of shape
remarked. looking closely at the Atlan­ but was still recovering from the night
tis. before.
"Except she quit working on us." The mid-deck was dark except for
Lew pointed out. · · w<?nder what hap­ where light came through the open
pend?" hatch. However. as his eyes grew ac­
. . We'll leave that for later. Look. 1"11 customed to the lack of light. he began
drive us around and park under the to see better.
hatch. You stay with the jeep. I'll go There was still the possibility of toxi.c
aboard and get the medical kit. If you fumes . and he kept checking himself for
hear me yell to get out of here. the initial symptoms of nitrogen tetrox­
go . . . and don't wait for me. Under­ ide inhalation as he began to open and
stand?" Frank told him. empty lockers on the forward bulkhead.
"Not leaving without you . · · Lcw As he dropped the first load out the
said flatly. hatch and into the waiting arms of his
. . If I say so, you will . . . Frank told co-pilo(. he remarked, "Lew. I think
him. we're okay on the OMS propellant. As
t
They s opped underneath the open long as we're here. I ' m going to off­
hatch with Jackic's rope ladder dangling load our personal equipment lockers and
from it. After Frank turned the jeep's most of the food on board. And I need
motor o(f. there was no sound except some clean socks and shorts . . . ' ·
the sighing of the wind. The Atlantis However. it was with relief that he
was quiet, with none of the creaking clambered back down the rope ladder
and groaning of the day before. She'd after removing all that he felt would be
settled down overnight. all her structure important to them. Once back on the
stabilizing at ambient temperature. runway, he rummaged through the
"Nothing wrong with this bird . " equipment and found the medical kit.
Lew pointed out. ' T i l go aboard with A quick check of the contents list pro­
you . · ·
• duced a shout of joy from the Shuttle
"Think you can climb that rope lad­ pilot. "Hot damn! Sixty tetracycline
der in your bare feet?'· Frank wanted capsules. Twelve dramamine p i l l s .
to know. Twenty-four diarrhea pills. And even
..
"Uh . . . I ' l l wait for you . The co­ pain-killers. "
pilot was already having trouble walk­ . . Let's get the hell out of here . · · Lew
ing barefoot. Like most Americans. observed . ·'You'll probably think I'm
he's always �orn shoes, and his feet growing a set of chicken feathers. but
were not tough enough to walk over 1· m pretty damned leery about being
sharp stones or even pea gravel without around this beast as long as she's still
discomfort. got propellants in her. I'm a rather de­
Climbing a rope ladder was not the .
vout coward at heart . . As a Navy pilot.
easiest thing in the world to do, Frank Lew had been thoroughly indoctrinated
decided . He was out o.f breath by the about the hazards of jet fuel and other
time he pulled himself over the lip of fuels shipboard on carriers. He never
148 Analo!( Science Fiction/Science Fact
really liked having to ride atop several · up in visas at the Santiago airport that

million gallons of liquid oxygen. liquid had created further confusion. Some­
hydrogen, nitrogen tetroxide, and mon­ body hadn't gotten the word. And the
omethylhydrazine in the Shuttle mis­ traffic getting in from the airport to the
sions. But it was part of the most American Embassy had been atrocious
exciting flying job in the world, and he with many detours through back streets
was willing to compromise with the because of the new airport expressway
hazards in normal flight operations. He under ·construction. Now. at the Amer­
wasn't so sure he was willing to cope ican Embassy, more roadblocks were
with those hazards in the emergency appearing.
situation they'd found themselves. "Is the Chilean government fully
As they drove off down the runway aware of the potential hazards here'?'·
from the Atlantis. Frank was relieved. Joyce Fisher wanted to know . ' ·Are
He knew that approaching and entering they aware that a delay could be dan­
the At/anti.\· at this point had perhaps gerous?''
been foolish, but he'd done it because "Miss Fisher.·· the charge replied
one of his crew might not survive if he with a sigh, thinking that this young
hadn't. woman from Washington certainly didn't
Hap Hazard now had a fighting understand the situation in South Amer­
chance. ican countries in spite of the face that
she apparently worked the technical
Things were not proceeding well in desk 'for the region. ''Things don't
Santiago. move as quickly down here. 1t takes
''The prime minister's office has in­ time to get things done. I've expressed
formed me that the Chilean inspection all these concerns to the prime minis­
commission will not be ready to go to ter's secretary . . . and that's as far as·
lsla de Pascua for perhaps another forty- I can go right now. •'
. eight hours. Mister Richardson." The "Art, who's the prime minister's sec­
American charge d' affaires Art Phillips retary?'' Joyce snapped.
hung up the telephone with a note of The charge's eyebrows went up at
frustration in his voice. this question. "Why Senor Carlos
"Forty-eight hours?" Red Richard­ Aquirre . . . ''

son exploded in exasperation. "Look, "I thought so." Joyce replied with
the Atlantis is sitting out there with ni­ a smile and reached for the telephone
trogen tetroxide in her. lt could endan­ on the charge's desk. asking rhetori­
ger the entire populace of Pascua. And cally, . . Art. may I use your telephone.
in two days, there 'll be so many military please?"
transport aircraft stacked up here in San­ Joyce dialled a number. The charge
tiago that there won't be ramp space at merely looked on with astonishment.
the airport for them . · · This was the final Nobody from Washington had ever re­
straw as far as he was concerned. He acted this way before.
wasn't really rested after the long flight She talked in rapid. fluent Spanish
to Santiago, and there·d been some mix- to the listener on the other end. finally

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saying gaily, "Carlos? Joyce Fisher. ean government's ta�ing plenty of cut.
Que pasa. amigo?" And then she went Carlos Aquirre knows I'm here and will
on, obviously talking to someone she be on Pascua, and he knows I know the
knew very well. Red didn't understand system. And I know a lot about him,
a word, but the charge seemed ex­ too. If you run into any more trouble,
tremely distressed and surprised at the call me on Pascua. Otherwise, follow
same time because he understood every­ through to the letter on the agreements
thing Joyce was saying. spelled out in this cable from Dewey . · ·
Finally. she hung up and told the She indicated the teletype flimsy in her
charge. ··Art. our three Herks are hand. Thinking a moment, she smiled
cleared to go to Pascua as soon as we again knowingly. "Carlos is such a nice
can lift off. The fuelling problem' s also guy. I'll have to stop and see him on
been worked out . . . or will be by the my way back once this thing is over.
time we get back to the airport. And the It's been a few years . . . · ·
Chilean commission will be happy to Red was feeling better. In the first
join the press group on the Pan Am place. he was beginning to have a full
charter. When's that coming. Red?" measure of respect for this dark. attrac­
.. Uh . . . should be lifting off Hous­ tive young woman with hints of Latin
ton this morning." Richardson replied, background in her eyes and dark hair.
trying to keep things all straight in his She was obviously going to be more
mind. So many details! He knew he'd than just a pretty face and another bu­
have to get some sort of office set up reaucrat under foot. "Still the only way
on Pascua, maybe even work out a to get things done, isn't it?''
schedule board to keep track of every­ .. Beg pardon?" she asked.
thing . ''It's still who you know. not what
"Good. Carlos said the commission you know."
would rather ride comfortably in a com­ Joyce shook her head. "No, not en­
mercial jet anyway. That Herk was de­ tirely. I know some things about Carlos
signed for cargo and soldiers . . . not that he· d just as soon forget . . . He
people , " Joyce said. knows it too, and that helps when it
"Uh. Miss Fisher." the amazed comes to getting things done. And he
charge asked in tentative tones. "I expects to see me only after we get this
didn't realize you knew Senor job done on Pascua . . . '' And she let
Aquirre . . . '' it drop at that.
Joyce smiled . . . Art, I grew up in this ··I was beginning to work out options
Embassy. I probably know more secret for staging the operation out of Lima,'·
passages and rooms than you do. Carlos Red remarked.
Aquirre and I went to school together. "Oh, we couldn't do that," Joyce
In fact. he was my first date . . . She
·' replied, shaking her head. "That would
suddenly became all business. "Art . be an insult of major proportions to
please don't stand still for any delays Chile, and we'd have to handle the Pe­
in this operation . It's too important to ruvians . . . and I don't have that many
the United States and Chile. The Chil- friends up there . . . · '

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"Uh, Joyce, just how friendly are channels?'' Casey wanted to know.
you with these Chileans?" Red sud­ "How do I know they'll do it under
denly wanted to know for a reason he my by-line? These foreign bureaus can't
_couldn't have explained at the moment. be trusted, especially in these backward
. . Mister Richardson, " she rebuked Third World countries. As for contact­
him softly, "that's my business. But. ing a stringer, forget it. He'll want a
lest you evaluate it by current American dual �y-line for filing it. • •
moral standards, let me point out that "Careful, Alice, you're standing right
here they're not only quite in the middle of one of those backward
different . . . but more strict as Third World countries you're criticiz­
well . . - . at least in the area you 're ing," Casey tried to point out.
thinking about. I never went on a date "So? I've got my press card. • •
with Carlos without a duenna.' · "Just be thankful Chile's still hon­
"Forget it. My parocialism's show­ oring a reasonable freedom of the press
ing. Let's get moving . " on an international basis, " Casey said,
The now-respectful charge arranged "because you're drawing a lot of atten­
for an embassy car to return them to the tion from a couple of men over there
airport, and the two of them arrived to by the stairway that have 'sec1.1rity po­
find Casey engaged in an argument of lice' written all over them . . . • '
massive sound level with Alice Arnold. At that point, Joyce stepped into the
"Look, Alice, I'm sorry, but I can't exchange. "Alice, lQOk,_please cool it.
help you," Casey was telling her in a Those are security police. Casey. can
voic� that was barely under control. He, I help out here? I speak the language. "
too, was suffering from the lack of a When Casey nodded in obvious relief,
good night's sleep on the Herk. Joyce went on, "Come on, Alice, let's
And, obviously, so was Alice Ar­ find a telephone. I'll see what I can do
nold. "But I've got to file a story! " the to talk the operator into getting a call
strident female newsperson-as she en­ through right �way."
titled herself--complained loudly. ''The
lousy damned telephone system in this "Hi, there! It's Top Of The Morning
dirty, backward, out-of-the-way coun­ to you! Back again for our.second hour.
try tells me it'll be three hours to get on this busy news day. Settle back with
through to the States! Circuits are all that second cup of coffee before you go
busy, they tell me. Hell, I don't speak off to work beca�e here's the top sto­
the language, and half the time I can't ries in the morning·· s news : ·. •· the hap­
make myself understood to the ope�­ penings around the wor.ld that may
tors. Least you could do is get $<)me­ affect everybody today, pl�s those juicy
body to set up a direct press line for little tidbits that make. for ' inte�sting
myself and Herb . - . . but I get to use talk. "
it first! " America's Number One early morn­
"Why don't you call your bureau ing TV talk show ·host. riffled through
here or get your stringer on the line? his papers· and went on with the news
File your story through your normal AP as he saw it, . . Well, NASA stiU has its

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problems. The space agency hasn't sat-XIII . · Our own network science ex­
managed to get its people down to perts will have a look at these. Is
Easter Island to rescue the Space Shuttle America's civilian space agency work­
Atlamis and its crew of four. NASA ing in cahoots with the Pentagon in
spokesman Roger Service told us in a building a military death ray attack ca­
late night briefing that there·s abso­ pability in space? Later in this hour,
lutely no danger of rocket propellants we'll talk with Doctor Fred Meadows.
leaking out of the Atlantis and poisoning Top Of The Morning's science reporter.
the twelve hundred people of Easter Is­ for his analysis of this situation.
land. Apparently. the · Shuttle com­ . . We have no pictures from Easter
mander. astronaut Frank King. reported Island yet. More than twenty-four hours
by radio that he's detected no leaks. But after the space accident. NASA hasn't
the big question remains: Why did been able to get its own people . much
NASA design a space ship that uses less the news media. to Easter Island.
poisonous rocket fuel? Why didn't other But we do expect to have pictures via
government agencies who're responsi­ satellite this evening. They promise the
ble for environmental safety step in and interesting contrast of the space ship
insist that NASA use a fuel that was At/anti.\· alongside those enigmatic stone
safe. especially if there happened to be statues of Easter Island. Maybe the stat­
an explosion on the launch pad that ues themselves will be able to tell us
could spray poisonous fumes onto in­ more than the space agency has . be­
nocent spectators? cause NASA spokesman Roger Service
"In the meantime, the United States · says that NASA 's rocket experts have
government continues to deny the claims no idea what caused the failure of the
of the Soviet Union that the Atlantis is rocket engines that resulted in the emer­
a military space vehicle carrying a death gency landing.
ray satellite capable of zapping Earth "Now for other news of the morning!
targets with deadly radiation . America's Junk Rock Star Jock Steel was released
U. N. Ambassador has arranged for a on his own recognizance in Los Angeles
full technical briefing of the U.N. Se­ last night after narcotics agents. acting
curity Council by experts from the space on a tip. found both cocaine and Angel
agency at noon. and this network will Dust in his possession after a record­
summarize what's said on the evening breaking concert in Hollywood Bowl
news. However. the Soviet Union has during which more than a hundred mu­
already indicated that they won't listen sic enthusiasts were hospitalized for
to the fabricated stories of the American drug overdoses. injuries resulting from
space experts. Special American State fights . and assorted bruises from being
Department technology expert. Nash trampled by the enthusiastic crowds.
Sullivan. told me by telephone just min­ Jeremiah Joseph has a report
utes ago that the space agency will make
available to the public the full details CI-IAPTER EIGI-IT

of the cargo--which is supposed to be


an Earth-viewing satellite called 'Land- "Pascua Tower. this is Hercules Re-
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d�emer Zero One, flight of three aircraft some time before three specks appeared
at Ostra intersection, landing Mataveri in the blue sky.
with clearance," came the voice over It was a great sight to Frank to see
the loudspeaker in the control tower. the three Hercules transports wheel into
Frank smiled at his barefooted co­ line in the holding pattern. True. they
pilot. "Right on the button. " he said wouldn't be able to get much done be­
in a tone of relief. fore sunset today. but they'd get on the
"Hercules Redeemer Zero One, this ground.
is Pascua Tower,'' the Chilean tower From the flight deck of the lead Her­
controller repliecfinto the microphone. cutes, Red Richardson looked down
"Descend and maintain three thousand anxiously at the Atlantis sitting on the
feet. Hold flight in line astern southeast runway. The long shadows of late after­
over the Pascua VOR on the one-two­ noon threw the island topography into
eight radial. Report the Pascua VOR. bold relief. Save for the volcanic cones
Wind one-one-zero at five knots, tem­ and large rocks scattered across the
perature two-five Celsius, altimeter one- grassy landscape of the island, the most
. zero-zero-five millibars. Landing Run­ prominent feature on lsla de Pascua-at
way One-Zero. Approximately twenty­ least to Red's eyes--was the white At­
four hundred meters of Runway One­ lantis on the black asphalt runway.
Zero available. Caution, Space Shuttle The overnight wait in Santiago had
Orbiter Atlantis parked on the runway been both boring and frustrating to Red.
two hundred and fifty meters from the Delays in the takeoff from Santiago had
departure end of Runway One-Zero. " frustrated him even more. But Isla de
"Redeemer Zero One· out of Flight Pascua was now below. They'd made
Level Two-One-Zero · for three thou­ it at last. Now he could get to work!
sand. Report Pascua VOR. Roger." "Redeemer Zero One, Pascua VOR
• 'Can rthey land .on the runway with at three thousand."
only twenty-four hundred meters avail­ "Redeemer Zero One cleared for vis­
able?'' Captain Ernesto Obreg6n asked ual approach. Runway One-Zero. Re­
nervously. deemer Zero Two and Zero Three.
Frank nodded. "They'll use less than remain in the holding pattern. Maintain
.
four hundred meters of runway . ' ' he visual separation. .
expalined. "That's why the Hercules "Zero One. ••

are the first planes to arrive." "Zero Two."


"Incredible," the military governor "Zero Three. "
muttered. "But. then, all of this is. In Pros, all of them, Frank thought with
a way. I' m glad you made an emergency pride as the lead Herk broke from the
landing here. It's certainly livened up pattern and began to swing northwest
our lives . . ." of the island, losing altitude as it did
"You haven't seen anything yet," so.
Lew remarked. "You're going to get a lot of practice
The initial radio reporting point was in the next few weeks,'' the Shuttle pilot
over a hundred miles east, so it was told the young Chilean tower operator.

Shunle
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There'd be a lot of air traffic into a roar. The 60-ton airplane came to a
Pascua in the next two months with air­ smooth but rapid .stop about a thousand
craft coming and going in the Shuttle feet down the runway just abreast of the·
Down operation. One of the reasons tower.
Frank wanted to be in the tower during · ·Redeemer Zero One. left turn at the
the approach and landing of the initial intersection and follow the jeep. Re­
flight of Herks was not only to hear their deemer Zero Two. cleared for visual
approach and watch them land. but also approach. · ·
to check out the tower operations. He "It does land i n a shon space: · Ob­
was glad to learn that the Pascuan tower reg6n observed . "like a naval carriS!r
operators-young Armada de Chile of­ airplanc . · ·
ficers and !llen-seemed able to handle · 'The Hcrk has actually landed and
..
it. Their command of aviation English. taken off from a carrier. Lew added.
the international language of air traffic · · Damndest sight in the world. · ·
control . was more than suitable. And "You're not going to have much
.. .,
tt would get even better. room on the ramp. Frank said. · · 1
Looking through a pair of binoculars hope Richardson's bringing . in some
Obregon had given him. Frank watched construction equipment to expand this
as the big wing flaps extended and the airfiel d . "
wheels appeared beneath the fat fuse­ • ·According to the messages from
lage as the lead Herk turned onto final Santiago, he · is. A great deal of it. In
approach . order to prevent a customs problem. the
From the tlight deck. Red Richardson United States is consigning the equip­
watched the approach from another ment to my government . . . and I
point of view. thinking what it must don't know what we're possibly going
have been like for Frank in the Atlamis to do with it afterwards . . . · • the mil­
coming in not at an approach angle of itary governor remarked. ··we should
.
three degrees as the Herk was doing. get down to welcome them . .
but at more than twenty degrees-and People were pouring out of the parked
with no landing aids. and no chance of Hercules by the time the three of them
being able to go around again if he . had descended the tower stairway and
missed that narrow strip of black asphalt walked across the ramp. "How're your
ahead . It gave Red a new appreciation feet holding up?'' Frank asked his co­
not only of all Shuttle pilots . but es­ pilot who'd spent the day shoeless.
pecially of Frank King and Lew Clay. ·'Getting so I like it . . . a little . · ·
The Herk soared over Hangaroa. was Lew lied. The bottoms of his feet were
less than five feet in the air as it crossed almost raw. He was looking forward to
the landing threshold of the runway. and being able to borrow a pair of shoes
touched its four main wheels .200 feet from someone on the recovery team.
down the runway. The pilot moved the "Oh. boy. photogr@hers! I didn't think
propeller levers forward past a detent they'd bring the media along on the first
notch on the throttle quadrant, and all plane. I'll bet we look just like a couple
four props went into reverse pitch with of beachcombers . . . '·

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"Yeah. you're going to blow the im­ port to Santiago. · · He looked at the five
age all to hell, Lew." Frank saia and passports--one for Red Richardson and
wuldn't help smiling. the other four for the crew of the At­
Two people disembarked with cam­ lantis. He said nothing as he looked
eras and began shooting photos almost them over, then remarked to King.
at once. Neither Herb Haynes nor Alice "Frank. you an'! the other members of
Amold was going to miss the great your crew had better sign your passports
photo of the Shuttle pilots--one bare­ before some immigration officer notices
foot in the tradition of the old south sea and gives you trouble. We can do that
.
island beachcomber-and the natty -lit­ later in my quarters. if you wish . . He
tle Chilean naval officer walking toward pocketed the passports and added.
them. "Mister Richardson. would you have
The rear loading door and ramp of the rest of your people turn in their pass­
the C- 1 3 0 were already being opened ports at the Hotel Hangaroa? One of my
and prepared to disgorge the cargo in­ officers will pick them up_ there. And
side. Whoever the crew was. they were I aplogize because quarters will be very
working fast. cramped in the Hotel. We're not
"Hi. Frank. glad you're all right. • · equipped to handle this many
It was a rather haggard Red Richardson people . . . ·•
who strode up and grabbed the Shuttle "Governor. let me get the At/anti.�
pilot's hand, ' 'You. too. Lew. butdon't off the runway. and I'll get some C-5
tell me you've gone naJive already?" Galaxies in here with a tent city for our
• 'la orana oe!'' Frank said to him. crews. " Red explained. "We knew of
"What's that?" Richardson asked. your shortage of facilities, so we're
"Standard Pascuan greeting. Long bringing our own . . . and you can
story. Tell you more about it later . ' ' keep them here from now on to handle
Lew replied curtly. eyeing A lice and contingencies. · '
Herb. Obreg6n nodded. The latest mes­
"Good to see all of you . " Frank sages from Santfago explained there
..
spoke up. "It's been a long two days . would be no customs formalities wjth
''Tell m e all about it, · • Red muttered. the equipment coming iti-.:except for
Frank introduced Richardson to Cap­ the specialized At/anti.,- handling equip­
tain Obreg6n. and ·the two shook hands ment that was Usted in detail-b�cause
in a friendly but formal fashion. Red the United States had graciously con­
then reached into- the pocket of his signed the equipment to Chile in ret'!r�
jacket while saying, "Well. Governor, for the hospitality of that government
.
you'll want these . , He handed Obreg6n in cooperating so fully with the rescue
a handful of blue-covered U.S. pass­ mission of the Atlantis. The Captain
ports. knew what had gone on between Wash­
"Thank you, Mister Richardson. I ington and Santiago. and he was frankly
don't think it's an absolute necessity at amazed that Santiago had gotten away
·
this point, but it's a formality that I'll with so much . . . and that the United
have to note in my regular monthly re- States had conceded.

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"I've got to figure out where I can The Citadel. lt seems to me we trounched
.
put it all:· Red began. looking around. YMI in football a couple of times . .
.
''I'll forgive you. Laskewitz . . the
"Have you had supper yet? Would
you care to join me for dinner in my military governor. told him. ' "Some­
quarters?" the military governor inter­ time you'll have to tell me why you
rupted the NASA mission manager. He went into journalism instead of the mil­
wanted to get to know this short. square. itary . . .
..
sandy-haired. ruddy-complexioned man "Very simple . Casey replied. ' " I
from Houston with whom he was going was a space buff. but I couldn't pass
to have to work closely in the ensuing the physical for a service pilot. so there
weeks. was no use trying to promote space
"'Thanks. I'll take you up on that. flight among missile generals and sub­
.
Governor. But first I'd tike to get my marine admirals. .
propellant crews up to the At/afllis to When Red introduced Joyce Fisher.
get that tetroxide into safe containers. she spoke to the governor in Spanish.
I want to eliminate that safety hazard Obregon bowed from the waist and
..
right away . kissed her hand in true Latin style. To
··Agreed. · · Obreg6n turned slightly some embarrassment from the others.
to face several others who•d joined Red the two of them chatted rapidly for
on the ramp. "And these are the other about a minute. Then Obregon said.
members of your team?'' he asked. "I hadn't anticipated that you'd have
"Oh, sorry. I've had the Atlamis on such a lovely diplomatic representative.
my mind for the last few days.·· Red Senor Richardson. An attractive young
apologized. He introduced Casey Las­ lady who also grew up in Santiago will
kcwitz first. make my job much easier . . . and the
"Governor. a pleasure. I'd like to whole project much smoother. I guar­
meet with you at your convenience to antee you. Senorita Fisher has agreed
brief you on the press people who're to join us for dinner once you've taken
coming in here and what they'll be de­ care of those propellants . . . ' ·
manding from you . . . and how I'll be I t was going much better than Red
. able to take most of that guff off your anticipated. Obregon blew away Red's
shoulders, if you want me to . . . · ' preconceived notion that he'd be some
. . American media people? Ah. yes. paunchy Chilean admiral assigned to
I know a little about them.'· Obregon lsla de Pascua to get him out of the way
replied with a slight smile. ' "Senor Las­ politically or to give him a final com­
kewitz. I'll be delighted if you'll get mand before retirement. Obregon was
that monkey off my back, sir. · • none of these . but Red was wondering
Casey peered at the wiry little man. why the Chilean Captain had been
"You were educated in the States. posted to such a remote command. Ob­
weren't you?" he asked. rcg6n obviously had the trust of his su­
Obregon nodded. ' " Y M I . ' ' he ad­ periors in Santiago. but why would they
mitted. send him to such an isolated outpost
"I thought so. My folks sent me to with such restricted resources? Richard-

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son didn't understand the logic behind over your plans and working out the
it, if there was any. and resolv.ed to ask details . . •·
·.

Joyce about it when !le had some "Governor," Richardson began,


time-if he ever did. "we'll work all night if we have to. We
The first thing to do was to get the haveother aircraft coming. in from San­
tetroxide out of the Atlanris and to begin tiago once we report the runway's clear.
getting things organized for the explo­ We haven't the luxury of being able to
sive influx that was to occur during the make this a leisurely operation . The
next few days. Atlantis represents twenty-five percent
"Governor. here's my plan for this of the American space capability. and
evening.·· Red began to explain. "First, we've got to get her out of here as
we'll get the propellant unloading and quickly as possible. ' '
storage equipment and crew busy up at " I fully understand . " Obreg6n re­
the other end of the runway. And some­ plied . . . I'm aware of the situation. I'm
how. we've gQt to park these three also aware that Santiago has an inspec­
Herks temporarily. The second Herk tion commission arriving in the next
has a tow truck to bring the Atlanris sev�ral days. So I can't let you. do any­
back down to the ramp so the runway thing with the Atlanris except park her
can be cleared. We have to have a place and wait for the commission to inspect
to park tht; Atlamis until we get the her. Please get the hazardous propellant
cranes set up and the carrier aircraft in. removed and safely in storage.· Then I'll
The second Herk also has a satellite expect you at my quarters for dinner
ground station-which will stay on the because you won't be able to do any
island. by the way. so you'll have reg­ work after sunset. It gets very dark here
ular worldwide communications. espe­ very quickly . . . in spite of a nearJy­
cially with Santiago. We'll have it set full moon. Most of the other things you
up possibly by tomorrow morning. The mentioned can wait untiJ tomorrow. I
third Herk is nothing but a tanker tp want to know and approve those loca­
refuel the first two. We'll fly Number tions where you'll be installing equip­
One back to Santiago tomorrow with ment and facilities so Isla .de p�qa,
the tetroxide abOard; I want to get it off isn't unduly disturbed. Dinner at nine
the island right away. Then . . . '' o'clock?"
Obreg6n held up his hand. . 1 un­
. While this conversation was going
derstand the urgency of removing the on, both Herb Haynes and Alice Arnold
hazardous propellant. Senor Richard­ had their tape recorders running and
san. And I suggest you do it as quickly were madly snapping photos of every­
as possible. But I doubt that you'll be one involved.
able to get much more done before dark. Red sighed. Well, if the governor
We have runway lights. but no ramp wanted to discuss matters over dinner.
floodlights. We don't have the electric he'd go along for right now at any rate.
power available. Get the propellant out. It didn't seem he had any other choice.
let's have dinner. and we can spend But he was certainly going to have a
some time tomorrow morning going word with this military governor later

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tonight because Red had a job to not to let Alice get an exclusive.
do . . . and he wasn't going to let any­ "I notice you've removed your boots.
body slow him down. "We'd better get Commander Clay." Alice said into her
busy then." he said. "If you'll excuse microphone. "This is the first time I've
me. I'll see you at nine. · • He turned ever seen a barefoot astrona�t. Taking
from the party and began to stride to­ up the native ways of this south sea
ward where the propellant crew was island. perhaps?''
unloading the Herk. "Uh . . . Not exactly," Lew told
•·colonel King.·· Alice Arnold broke her. "lt was just . . . comfortable. that's
in, 'Td like to get an interview with all. Our contingency landing was kind
you and the other three members of the of stressful, and it just felt good to wig­
.
crew . . . gle my tootsies in the sand. .
At which point Casey stepped in. Casey couldn't suppress a laugh. Lew
··A lice. you know Hap Hazard's down had said it so seriously that it had caught
with dysentery . . . and I need to get Alice Arnold completely off guard and
together with Frank here and find left her with absolutely nothing to say,
out . . . · · which was extremely unusual .
..
"What're you going to do? Get your "Colonel King. Herb Haynes asked,
stories straight? Or are you planning to "what went wrong yesterday?''
brief them on what to say to us?'· the "Look . we may both hold military
woman reporter wanted to know. rank," Frank pointed out. "but as
"Neither. I ' m tired. You're tired. NASA Shuttle pilots. we've put our sol­
The crew 's been under tremendous dier suits in the closet. I'm just plain
stress. Let's get everybody settled in 'Mister' until my NASA Shuttle as­
here. and I'll arrange a press conference ·signment's over and I go back to wear­
for you and Herb in a couple of hours. ing a blue suit."
Okay?'' "Sorry. I'll repeat my question: What
"Hell, no! What's the matter with went wrong yesterday?''
right now? And what's the matter with "We don't know," Frank replied,
an exclusive?" unconsciously using the accepted first
"Why, nothing at all's wrong, ma'am, person plural of a N..(SA man being
if you want to interview us right here, • • interviewed by the press. ''The main
Frank told her, shooting a quick glance engines simply shut down. We were
at Casey to tell him wordlessly that he beyond the point where we could return
was going to get this news hound off to Vandenberg and we didn't have
his back in short order. "We're happy enough velocity to go all the way around
to talk to you or anybody else. We're the world to Vandenberg in a degraded
easy to get along with when it comes orbit. We're just fortunate that Pascua's
to working with people having common here and Mataveri has a runway long
decency and respect for us as individ­ enough to handle the Atlantis . ' ·
uals . . . ' ' •• And nobody knows what caused
• T l l second that," Lew put in. it?'' Herb Haynes sounded a bit incred­
Herb Haynes moved in, determined ulous.

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"Herb, Frank and the crew didn't worn path from Lompoc to 4aflcaster
have time to think about why it hap­ to Houston to Cocoa �each. Frank King
pened," Casey interjected. "They had was, Alice Arnold decided, quite a hunk
their hands full landing the Atlantis. We of man in the quiet, competent, and
may get an answer once the experts have virile mold of John Wayne. She decided
the opportunity to thoroughly examine she'd stay primed for. opportunities be­
the Atlantis. Then again we may not cause, after all, they were a very long
because the fault could lie with the Ex­ way from home.
ternal Tank . . . and that's under about Casey decided he'd better warn
two thousand feet of water." Frank . . . if the Shuttle pilot didn't
''Could .this affect any further oper­ already recognize it. After all, Frank
ational flights of the other Shuttles?'' had a wife and two kids back in Sea­
"Probably not. The system's well brook.
proven now. The only thing that might Alice went on, ' " Where are the other
affect the Shuttle operational schedule two crew members?''
is the possibility the investigators might ''As Casey probably told you, Hap
find something when they in$pect the Hazard, the payload specialist, came
Atllmtis once we get her back to the down with dysentery: he'll be all right,"
States, " Frank explained. "But it Frank said.
couldn't be a major glitch, not after • • How could he possibly get dysen­
years of development and tery?" AJice wanted to know .
operations . . . and lots. of successful "Easy. You may end up with it your­
Shuttle fli,ghts to date . " self on Isla de Pascua. ''
"Mister King. was it difficult to land "Uh, King." Herb Haynes asked,
the Atlantis without all the special "what about the Soviet claims that the
equipment they have at the Cape?" Atlantis is carrying a military beam
Alice Arnold had finally found voice weapon satellite?''
again. Both pilots snorted. ''Ridiculous, •'

Frank shook his head. "We've prac­ Frank snapped. "When the Chilean
ticed it time after time in the flight sim­ commission gets here, they'll see for
·

ulators at Houston. We all knew what thems_e lves."


to do and how to do it." "Will we be allowed to go aboard
"In other words, it was easy?" and photograph what's in the cargo
"I didn't say that. Even with the full bay?" Aliee asked.
automatic system available, landing an Frank looked at Casey and replied,
Orbiter's like trying to get a streamlined "Why not? It's just a Landsat. We've
brick to glide . ' ' got nothing to hide . . . "
Alice Arnold looked at the com­ "How will we know it's a Landsat
mander of the Atlantis as a hawk might and not some military satellite cama.­
. look at a prairie dog ready to be grasped flaged to look like a Landsat?' ' Alice
and eaten. Casey knew the look; he'd was boring in.
seen it on other predatory women, the "Because you can take all the pic­
astronaut groupies who'd beaten a well- tures of it you want, and then you can

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go to GE Valley Forge and take all the come, so it gave us an opportunity to
photos you want of its back-up twin­ get some necessary maintenance done . · ·
brother there . · · ' 'No cars?'" Alice asked incredu­
· 'Then what in your opinion i s behind lously. "You expect me to walk car­
the Soviet claims?'· This was from rying all this equipment?'·
Herb. It was a very good thing. Frank
Casey shrugged. Herb looked at the thought. that Obregon had been edu­
two pilots who also shrugged. cated in America because he understood
· · B u t this is a military crew. isn "t itT · Americans such as Alice Arnold. Many
Alice asked. "You're a Colonel in the officials in other countries would have
Air Force . and Clay's a Commander in reacted to Alice by throwing up series
the Navy . . . And the Arlamis was after series of impenetrable roadblocks
launched from a military space facil­ in retaliation. But the Governor wasn't
ity . . . just another bureaucrat: he was indeed
.
. We're both service pilots on as­ a Latin gentleman. in spite of Alice
signment to NASA for one simple rea­ Amold.
son: only service pilots are able to get · · r · d be honored to take the Senorita
the necessary tlight experience in high­ to the Hotel in my jeep. · · he said with
performance aircraft that's required to a slight smile playing around the corners
fly the Shuttle. But Jaekie Hart's a civ­ of his mouth. · ' I certainly would never
ilian. and so·s Hap Hazard. · · want it said that the military governor
· ' When can I talk to of lsla de Pascua didn't treat his guests
them . . . especially to Jackie Hart"!"' in a gracious manner . . .
Alice asked Casey. When they got to the Hotel Rangaroa.
But it was Frank who replied . . . As Alice Amold insisted on seeing Jackie
so�n as we get off this ramp and down and Hap . . . and she started to get
..
to the Hotel Hangaroa where she's help­ nasty when Frank told her. Let me
ing care for Hap Hazard . . . · · He check to see how he·� feeling. The doc­
turned to where Captain Ernesto Ob­ tor recommended he get plenty of rest. · ·
rcg('in was standing waiting. and Frank · T m coming with you." Alice said
suddenly felt very embarrassed for the tlatly. .
Chilean mil itary governor who was Frank sighed. "You probably will.
being totally ignored by these two re­ but that doesn't mean I ' m going to let
.
porters . .Governor. your jeep and per­ you into Hap·s room if he's not feeling
haps one or two other jeeps are the only well.··
vehicles I've seen on Pascua. Is there Hap was feeling better and said he'd
any way we can arrange to get these talk with the two reporters for a short
people to Hangaroa?. . time. This solved a big problem for both
"It's not very far to walk.·· Obreg<'in Frank and Casey. Naturally . AI ice Ar­
began . . . Less than a kilometer. I don't nold"s first question was. · 'How"d you
believe the Hotel's station wagon is run­ manage to get dysentery?··
ning now. We didn" t have reservations ··Got hold of some local food that
for any tourists for over a month to had the bacteria in it.·· Hap explained.

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'

''How come no other crew member but there was no altematJve. Jackie
got it?'' Herb Haynes wanted to know. didn't like the idea either� but gave in
"Doctor Esteban says most people under the circumstances.
here· are immune. • • Hap explained. Joyce didn't complain but struck up
"Dysentery''S a fairly common tourist a lively conversation with Jose Hey in
disease, mostly in its milder forms." Spanish . . . a factor that didn't endear
"K,jnd of like Montezuma's Re­ her to Alice who remarked when they
venge," Herb remarked. "But it looks were together i n the •room, "Miss
like you had a bad case, Hap. ·• Fisher. as the prime reporter for AP
"I did. Thought I'd die, then was . covering this affair, I'd appreciate it if
afraid I would . . . ' ' you'd speak English rather than conduct
"And Jackie.'s been nursing you all secret conversations with the natives in
day?" Alice wondered, looking at the Spanish . . . · ·
little blonde mission specialist who Joyce simply ignored the• request
wasn't very much older than she was. without comment.
AJ.ice noted that Jackie was barefoot as Red Richardson dragged into the ho­
well as Lew and Hap. tel at eight thirty . looking very tired in­
"Hell. no,·· Jackie exploded. ''I'm deed. He. found himself sharing a room
no nursemaid! Hap was pretty damned with Frank and Casey . "We got the te­
sick, . and I did what I could to force troxide out without any trouble. That
fluids into �im so he wouldn't dehy­ must've been a real · gentle landing.
drate. • · Frank. There wasn't a leak in any of the
'·And I imagine you ·kept his morale systems. The OMS piping was tight,
up, too, didn't you, dear? ' ' Aliceasked. and so were the vernier systems . ' '
' 'Damned right! Except Hap didn't "That's a load o ff m y mind," Frank
need morale boosting . . . until you got admitted. ''I've been sweating it for the
here . . . " Jackie had the measure of last three days. I didn't think we hl!d
this woman reporter. and she wasn't any leaks; I couldn't detect anything
going to be pushed around in any in­ when I went back aboard yesterday. · ·
terview. She didn't like Alice Arnold. "You went back aboard?" Red asked.
and she didn't mind letting Alice Arnold "With all that tetroxide stilr there?
know it. Haven;t we told you guys 'to get the hell
And that made things dif(kult after away from an Orbiter if you make a
the brief interview was over and Jose contingency landing?'· .
Hey told Alice as she was checking in, "Had to go back," Frank explained.
' ' I hope you will not be upset if I ask "to get the medical kit. Hap was pretty
you to share a room with someone else sick, and he needed the antibiotics and
because we are very crowded with all diarrhea pills. Under those conditions.
the people here. We have only two other Red. I'll break the rules . . . "

lady guests. and I hope you will not . "Yeah, I guess so. But wbere'd the
object to sharing Senorita Hart's room rope ladder come from?"
with her and Senorita Fisher . . . '· ' ' Jackie had it in her personal effects
.Aiice did. She steamed and stormed, locker. She wanted some way to get

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back aboard if we had a contingency is rough duty. And it's not a south sea
landing, and we did need to get back island. This may hit you tomorrow."
in. Red. put a rope ladder aboard as part "What do you mean?'' Red asked the
of the contingency egress kit, will Shuttle pilot.
·

you?" "We have the Atlantis sitting out


"HelL yes, a good idea. Why didn't there at Mataveri representing the high
Jackie bring it to the attention of.Duke technology that all of us work with
Kellogg or some of the planning team?' ' every day and take for granted . . . Frank
· · She did. I guess they ignored her.'' pointed out. "but you're going (o find
Frank remarked. "Come on. get washed that you've stepped back at least a
up. We're due at Obreg6n's in less than hundred years in time. If you hadn't
twenty ll}inutes. showed up with a tow tug. Obrcg6n and
"Look, fcllas. do I really have to go I had worked out a way to pull the At­
to the Governor's dinner?'' Red wanted lantis back down the runway to the ramp
to know. ' ' I ' m bushed . . . using ropes and a couple of hundred
"Red . you'd insult Obreg6n if you men . . .
didn't show up." Casey remarked . "What?"
"And we've got to work closely with · 'The ancestors of these Pascuans
this man for the next six weeks. · · moved those moai more than ten miles
"Well. okay. But I haven't got any­ from the quarry at Rano Raraku using
thing formal to wear . . . just work human muscle power . · · Frank ex­
· clothes . " plained. "What makes you think we
· · o n Pascua. · · Frank explained. couldn't move the Athmtis on its own
" ·formal ' means clean clothes. period. wheels along a paved asphalt runway
Ernesto runs a tight operation. but he's using the same ancient technology?''
no martinet . . . · · Then he added, "But I'm glad you
"Sounds to me." Red observed . brought the tow tug. lt's an easier way
"that you've struck up quite a friend­ to do the job .
ship with the Governor. " ''I'd heard they used levitation. "
Frank nodded . "We found we have Casey said.
a lot in common. He's a very cooper­ Frank shook his head. ·�If they knew
ative guy and he's got rough duty ·. how to do that. my friend, I wouldn't
here . " be flying a Space Shuttle
"Rough duty'? On a south sea is­ Orbiter . . . and we'd all be out of a
land?' · Red asked incredulously. job."
' ' You don't know this place. Red. It END OF PART TWO

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Magazine book review columns usu­


ally seem to be one-rrian shows. Until
1979. the Reference Library certainly
was. under Lester Del Rey. P. Schuyler
Miller. and Spider. Now Spider and I
share it. following a· pattern you can
find in few other places: F&SF may be
the notable exception. Presumably the
sharing gives you. the Analog reader.
the benefit of_ different viewpoints. re­
lief from the boredom of the same old
reviewer constantly ri�ing some idio­
syncratic hobbyhorse (we don't really
do that, do we?). More 1Q the point, you
sometimes get to see two opinions of
one book without having to buy two
magazines. Personally. I think such do­
plication is more valuable when Spider
and I happen to disagree; he thinks it's
worth enduring even when 'we
agree-being opinions, he says. any
agreement is remarkable. Whoever's
right, we're trying to keep the dupli­
cations under control. since we can re­
view few enough books as it is. We
exchange lists of the titles we're cov­
ering. and we try not to duplicate unless
we have something cogent to say. That
is, if my review is little more than a

/63
summary and opinion. with no corn, out a deceptively intellectual lead-in for
ments in a larger context. or with no Graham Oakley's Magical Changes.
particularly snappy zingers. and Spider He's an Englishman, perhaps typicallJ
writes that he is reviewing the book too, so. who had "the idea for a split-page
I'll pass. He can tell you for himself book in the back of his mind for almost
how he decides what to do. ten years" (from the jacket copy) and
Any preferences on how we should finally did something about it. Boy. did
handle this? he! There's not a word of text to the
book. Just pictures. each one split hor­
Science fiction is a literature of izontally so that you can turn top halves
change. of difference. It is different or bottom halves and have every top
from other genres in its focus on changed match up with every bottom. Begin with
pasts. presents. and futures. lt changes the Charles-Addamsish couple in their
our view of the cosmos by showing us suburban garden . watering the roots of
worlds different from our own. lt changes six Gig,mtum horridus .flabbergasti. a
within itself. too. as a story sets up an horrified cat looking on and a tourist
expectation only to twlst it. to entangle bus in the background. That's the bot­
the reader in incongruities. tom half. Now turn the tops-the Gi­
This flexibility of SF is one of the gantum blooms are umorellas-no .
reasons we like to read it. We enjoy the they're dinosaurs. lollipops-no. car­
stretching of our imaginations in much nivorous cxotica--<lr. wait! a nest of
the way exercise nuts enjoy the stretch­ tribal totems-spaghctti!-tlags! And
ing of their muscles. We and they even so on. with nary a scrap of cliche. The
enjoy the pain of the stretching-and book is a delight. guaranteed to appeal
be sure . if it hurts. it's probably good to SF and fantasy fans and to children
for you. or so my sainted grandmother of all ages. Is it good for you? It sure
might have said. The stretch needn't don't hurt . .but who cares! Don't miss
hurt to be enjoyable. though. There is it if you can possibly help it. It's not
plenty of SF tailored to stretch our cheap. but it has to be a better conver­
minds slightly or not at all. lt uses the sation piece that anything else you can
stock elements of the field, the cliches. find at thrice the price.
adding very little that is new. and while
it may stretch the novice mind, it pre­ For a very different opm10n. let's
tends. to nothing more than old-shoe fa­ look at Suzette Elgin's Communipath
miliarity to the long-time fan. Worlds, a trilogy in one· volume. con­
There is also a rare category of taining The Communipaths. Furthest.
SF-and fantasy-that stretches. the and At the Se�·emh Level. all from the
mind both mightily and painlessly. lt early 1970s. All three talcs arc set in
can do these two mutually contradic­ a single universe. where telepathy serves
tory-according to my above com­ for communications. Untrained. "wild"
ments-things because it offers telepaths can fill the ether with static.
amusement. humor. joke-like surprises. and this provides the premise of the
lt offers change without criticizing or first. in which an infant of immense tal­
asking anyone to reexamine their ent is born and taken from its mother
thoughts. prejudices. or feelings. It of­ for training. The mother, no slouch her­
fers . . . . self at telekinesis. vows war on the sys­
The heck with it. I'm trying to work tem to get her babe back. and hero

164 Analog Science Fiction/Science F(lct


Coyote Jon_es has to resolve the situa­ nter. The_ book's
have The Sixth Wi
tion. He does · so, and in the process authorship isn't perfectly clear. The
finds a way to ease the lot of the tele­ jacket says . . by Douglas Orgill with
paths enslaved by the system's need for John Gribbin"; the title page says
..
communicators. "Douglas Orgill and John Gribbin .
Furthest brings Coyote Jones to a Orgill is a military historian and nov­
strange world with stranger customs. elist; 'Gribbin is an astrophysicist and
.
including that of the . mindwives. · · science popularizer; both are English­
women trained by tyranny to provide men. My guess is that Orgill wrote the
erotic visions for aging men. He must story to a disaster scenario knocked up
unravel the reasons for· the customs and by Gribbin from his own work on cli­
find a way to be sure that Furthest's mate studies.
delegate to the Tri-GalactiC Council is Whatever. it works. Dr. William Sto­
not off his rocker. He succeeds. mainly vin. the story's hero, believes an ice age
thanks to a mindwife"s love. can strike quickly. over a mere handful
At the Seventh Level presents an alien of winters. When tornadoes of bitter
world whose women are chattels as cold begin_to strike. freezing whole vil­
closely kept as any ever were on Earth . lages instantly in much the way the
Home and hearth are all, and the only mammoths once were. it begins to seem
career available is the religious one of he is right. A quick trip to Alaska finds
Poet-but the penalty for trying to qual­ a folklore of the twis�ers,- called "Dan-
ify and failing is a life in solitary. One . cers." and Bisby. a half-breed Eskimo
woman has succeeded in recent years. bush pilot. Soon. Stovin is off to Siberia
and she is at the pinnacle-the seventh to study the effects of a Dancer close
level-of Poetry. Yet someone is trying up. He takes his girl. wolf specialist
to kill her. Coyote Jones' job is to save Diane Hilder, and Bisby. In Siberia. he
her. decides that Dancers result when thejet
Good stories all. entertaining eyents. stream dips downward to touch the
a saucy hero. plenty of action, rich de­ Earth with the cold of space; lateral de­
tail . But-and it's a big but-they are viations bring mere AKtic cold south­
not for anyone with a hal(-way precise ward. He sees the storms strike. The
turn of mind. Elgin's civilization oc­ wolves remember their adaptations to
. .
cupies . the Three Galaxies. ' · in which an earlier ice age and .begin to. band

the planet Furthest is "really a long, together in immense� man-hunting packs.


long w.ay out there. There's not another and civilization crumble. Thanks to
inhabited planet . . . within njneteen Bisby. he escapes disaster time and time
million miles. " (p. 209) There is a again.
problem of scale here that boggles the Meanwhile, Chicago .is evacuatl!d
mind and pegs Elgin, however com­ before instant glaciers, civil ization ·
petent she may be as a writer. as an around- the hemisphere moves south.
ignorant hack without the integrity to and people die in droves. The ice age
check her backgrounds out. Strong is here to stay. And it makes gripping.
words? Maybe. but such sloppiness compulsive reading-though hardly for
pisses me off. a cold winter's night. Open these pages
only in summer·s heat. or you are likely
On a more positive note. with just a to suffer from a .rather chilling paranoia.
touch of subterranean_ grumbling, we My grumbles? I can't swallow the

The Reference Library 165


Dancers, especially as jet stream dips. well told, with deft characterization and
Nor can I swallow ancestral memory , individually convincing scenes, but it
neither for wolves nor for anything else is totally ruined by a rationale so ridic­
(Jung was fuJI of . . . ). The former isn't ulous that ''even'' SF writers have long
even necessary for the story-it adds a since refused to touch it with a straight
note of climatic violence. for which face.
some explanation is necessary, but isn't Why do I bother with such books.
a fast-approaching ice age dramatic you ask? Why don't I give the space to
enough? The latter adds primeval forces. something better? Isn't it something like
an active evil. an old fear. but even that shooting fish in a barrel? Well. yes. it
isn't necessary when normal wolf be­ is. I bother because SF deserves a better
havior could be played up to be quite popular image than Hollywood or the
chilling enough. mass market wiJI allow. The monstros­
Never mind. Read the thing. Nits or ities they foist on the public in our name
no nits. it's good. (they sent me a review copy. didn't
they?) need to be publicized as mon­
And now--oh. my! oh, my! oh. my! strosities. even when the stories qua
The Final Countdown is "a novel by stories aren't so bad. s�when your
Martin Caidin based on a screenplay by mundane friends try to tell you about
David Ambrose & Gerry Davis and this grear SF book/movie, tell them.
Thomas Hunter & Peter Powcll; based beat it into their skulls, that this ain't
on a story by Thomas Hunter & Peter SF; it's fantasy. and poor fantasy at that.
Powell and David Ambrose. ' · It is Budrys handled the theme one whole
therefore suspect, right? But let's add helluva lot better. and he did it as SF.
one more "based on"-the concept
could well have been swiped from Algis And now for the really good stuff.
Budrys ( "Warbirds of Time''). And have read one novel by Christopher·
that's enough. If you read the thing, Stasheff before. The Warlock in Spire
you '11 get slam-bang adventure. chills of Himself. and I enjoyed it tremen­
and thrills, excitement galore, as long dously. The man has a nice sense of the
as you keep your critical faculties turned irreverent and a bit of the bawd. and he
way down. The story is that of a nuclear spins a yam good enough to leave you
aircraft carrier caught up in a time-storm wanting more. Now We have A Wizard
(explained as the source of the Bermuda in Bedlam, an equally appealing yam.
Triangle! Footnote: did you know there The theme is similar-an offworlder
is now a book out called The Bible and lands to lead a revolution and bring a
the Bermuda Triangle'?) and dumped feudal · world to civilization. But this
into December 6, 1941, just before offworlder is a refugee, fled in child­
Pearl Harbor. Modem fighters scramble hood and brought up by a group of fel­
to shoot down Japanese Zeroes, the low refugees founded 500 years before .
crew is hot to come down on the at­ Their purpose is to provide the weapons
tacking fleet like crows on a cornfield, when the time foretold in a 500-year­
and . . . . I won't tell you the ending, old rhyme rolls around and the hero of
just in case you read it or see the movie. the last rebellion, De Cade, returns. Our
Suffice it to say it's anticlimax, history revolutionary, Dirk Dulaine. lands one
is protected, and the hero's presence is dark night, meets a non-native off­
finaJly fully explained. The tale is fairly worlder. the giant Gar, and promptly
166 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact
runs afoul of a local Lord. Gar saves tendency to cuss when aggravated.
him, he saves Gar, the rebels who dwell Wilson knows this too. and his an­
in the forest save both, and Gar finds archists, unlike LeGuin's, are different
De Ca�e·s ancient bones and staff. At enough from their trompled cousins to
that point, De Cade rises fr:om the dead be reacted to as aliens. They are the
to take over Oar's body, and the rebel­ core of the LaNague Federation, the in­
lion is on. terstellar "government" which back­
·
So far, ho hum-you've seen it all drops many of these stories. The
before. The original touch is that . this Federation's origin is described in An
world was colonized by a couple of Enemy of tbe State, in which the To­
thousand would-be Lords and twelve livian (sic) anarchist Peter LaNague en­
(that's right, one dozen) servants. The gineers the downfall of the Outworld
servants were cloned to provide masses lmperium. He does not use violence,
of identical peons before being turned that being contrary to his principles, but
loose to breed and live in identical Wilson does give him a nihilist foil who
homes. With heredity and environment would love nothing better than complete
thus rigidly specified, the members of and utter destruction. LaNauge's tack
the lower classes tend to think and act is economic warfare. The lmperium has
very much alike, and in battle they need replaced stable, gold-based money with
little leadership. They make very effec­ paper and is constantly raising taxes; _

tive rebels. Robin Hood tactics that restore the taxes


It might even work that way. And to the people force the government to
when you add that the peons' situation mint more cash, and hence force a con­
selects qu.ite stringently for the unusual tinual devaluing of the money. K�owl­
combination of high ·intelligence and edge that the lmperium's economy.
great patience, you have a population based on shipping food to Earth, will
that should be capable of great things, soon collapse as Earth develops alter­
in far more than war. I hope that Stash­ nate supplies and reduces need, allows
effwill return to this world in the future. LaNague to put more pressure on. A
financier ally induced to sell short vast
F. Paul Wilson is in love wit)! an idea stocks of Imperial currency helps fur­
that has long appealed to anyone disen­ ther.
chanted with existing forms ·Of govern­ Inflation is the weapon, and the· result
ment. All governments exploit and is deliberately reminiscent of Germany
oppress; the differences lie largely in between the World Wars. A govern­
bow much you think you have to say ment falls, a new one rises·. The situa­
about it. The key to a government that tion is stabilized with a massive infusion
neitber·exploits nor oppresses is the ac­ of anarchist gold, and the first anarchist
ronym-slogan KYFHO (Keep Your multiworld . .government" is born.
Fucking Hands Off!). Leave the people It can't be that easy, can it? Perhaps
to handle their own affairs, and don't Wilson's point is that economic insta�
meddle. That' s anarchy, folks. I'd love bility produces a situation in which any­
it myself, though I don't believe human one can come to power. In Germany,
beings as presently constituted could it was power-mad Hitler. In Enemy, the
possibly make it work. It would take a deeply principled LaNague refuses
different breed, in whom responsibility power-it is offered-and puts his prin­
and self-reliance are as ingrained as our ciples before the people. They accept

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them . perhaps as a proxy for LaNague seed . " He finds her. collects her and
himself. their saviour. her descendants. and breeds them all to
As you might expect. Wilson's novel add her talents to his stock. Yet she is
is peppered with lectures on economics more than an animal for his herds. She
and politics. Nevertheless. the book has a will of her own . a determination
works and works well. It is both a phil­ to remain uncorrupted. a sympathy for
osophical tale and an action yarn. and others that has become foreign to him
the two are integrated naturally and through the ages. Yet each seems des­
well. Read it. tined to be the other's sole companion
and ally. for they alone are immortal.
Octavia Butler has written several Wild Seed is a tale of conflict and
books which her jacket copy calls "Pat­ resolution stretching across a century
ternisr · · novels. I haven't seen them. as and a half. from 1 690 to 1 840. I is t
it happens. and I feel that I've missed warm. involving. sympathetic. And I
something. Wild S�d is billed as a am recommending it to my fellow
prcqucl to the series . and if they're all SFWA members as a potential Nebula
as well done as this one. they are good winner. It's that good . Immortality is
indeed. Wild Seed introduces a 4000- a difficult theme to handle effectivelv.
year-old mutant. Doro. who. survives for long life must have its effects �n
not in his own body. but thanks to a personality. effects too few writers
psychic ability to take over others; his seem able to sense. An immortal must.
own is long dead. He must shift pe­ Butler says. acquire either Anyanwu·s
riodically. for he draws some psychic wisdom and sympathy or Doro's cold­
nutriment from the bodies he occupies ness. callousness. canniness of sur­
and uses up. and he can shift whenever vival. They are opposites in many ways.
he wishes: killed, he invades the killer. but elements of both are necessary for
Over his long history. he has set up a a truly successful immortal. and their
breeding program in an effort to pro­ blending might well occur as Butler
duce others like himself and to provide paints it. My own leanings would take
himself with more satisfying kills. Cer­ me down Doro's path. I fear. as either
tain villages in Africa and America are writer or immortal. and I would feel a
occupied by people (and their descen­ need for an Anyanwu. Butler's story.
dants) he has found and brought to­ for all that it is fiction. rings true as
gether. people with talents such as only the best stories can.
telepathy. empathy . and telekinesis.
people elsewhere doomed as witct.es. Jo Clayton has a neat conceit in her
They regard Doro as a god. bowing to tales of Aleytys and- the Diadem·. Al­
his will both in life and in death. eytys is a half-breed woman, born on
The book is also the tale of Anyanwu. a primitive world of a local man and a
another mutant. only 300 years old. visiting woman of a race with strange
with the ability to control her body ut­ mental powers. as detailed in Diadem
terly . to heal any wound. to change .fi·om the Stars. As a young girl. she is
shape to fish or bird or beast. !Oddly. forced to leave home. acquires the
though she changes all the way down quasi-symbiotic diadem. a psychic am­
to the level of the genes, she retains her plifier of sorts. has and loses a son. and
abilities. How?) She is not a product of hits the star roads in a driven quest. The
Doro's breeding: she is thus "wild series is now in its fifth novel. Star

168 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


Hunters, and it remains good re_ading. Kitosime and her fellows. _ This, per­
Aleytys is an independent woman , haps, is. the test of a· good series install­
strongwilled ·and competent, the total ment-does it invite or p.ermit a
heroine. Now an ·apprentice with Hunt­ branching of the series.-?-a test this
ers, Inc . • she is s�nt on a mission her book passes with flying colors. If you're
superiors suspect is a trap set by a group picking your rea<Jing blind, you could
that covets the diadem. transferrable do worse than watch for Clayton's
only at its wearer's death. A trap it is. name.
though the trapper is something of a
surprise, and Aleytys wins out over all. And finally. we have -a poster book.
In the process. she affects a strange cul­ that arrived in today's mail, just in time
ture by her example. setting in motion to fit it in at the tail of the column.
one woman's liberation and stimulating Wanted was produced by Eric Seid­
a solution to the problem of the wild­ man, designed by Andrew Kner and
ings, children whose telepathic-em­ Emil Micha. and written by Ed Naha.
pathic gifts cut them off from speech In the guise of a collection of interga­
and prompt their expulsion from normal lactic wanted po�ters, it showcases the
company to be the prey of savages. work of fifteen new SF artists, most of
Clayton is a sympathetic writer, given whom are reasonably good. The
to tales with a definite action compo­ text--descriptions and vital statistics-is
nent, but fa<::ussing far more on char­ written with a distinct tongue-in-cheek
acter. Here, Aleytys is not really her flavor (old bubble gum?), and the whole
chief concern. Rather, it is the, natives offers an hour's entertaining perusal.
Manoreh and Kitosiqte, man and wife.· The archvillains range from the sexy
And it is Kitosime's character that sex-criminals, the Randor sisters, to.the
changes most as she goes from pam­ sludgemonger Blote to the half man,
pered pet of her chieftain father to in­ half warthog voyeur Zhuk. Orbz. And
dependent tamer of wildings. Though guess what? The head. of the lnterga­
we know the· next book in the serie.s will lactic Security Bureau, .Adam Hawkins,
continue to follow Aleytys. we wish bears a bird-beaked resemblanc.e to our
Clayton · would provide a sequel for own late Mr. Hoover. •
De� Dr. Schmidt.
1t so happens I have to say somethi_ng
about each of the last three issues of
Analog which have reached me. March.
April. and May.
.
March: Mr. Quick ("Think Ethic . )
hits the nail on th� head when he hy­
pothetically harnesses the minds of peo­
ple freed of daily toil for creative
development . But to my mind he over­
looks two difficulties: Firstly. with an
- - office of Creative Development . · ·
how do you avoid this becoming one
more red-tape bound. nepotism-ridden.
inefficient government super-agency'?
Secondly. how do you grade and eval­
uate for promotion the various different
proposals'! There is of course a finite
probability that a fusion reactor pro­
posed by a 70-year-old housewife is a
better design than that proposed by a
brilliant young physicist. but the odds
do not look overwhelming.

April: Your editorial: You seem to


favor a mixed-energy economy in the
name of freedom from dependence. But
unfortunately. small-scale energy may
be beautiful. but is also very expensive.
In an· article published not so long ago
in "Technology Review•· it came out
that a solar-heat home installation will
pay for itself in 27 years. but since then
mortgages have doubled and trebled. To
my mind only big energy plants. no
matter whether solar satellites. nu.clear.
hydroelectric. or fossil-fuel installations
can give us cheap energy. So as to gain
more- freedom I propose a . .common
carrier·· principle. Electricity grids and
gas pipes to be nationalized or made
into public corporations. Anybody can
feed in or take out and pays or gets paid
according to contract between supplier
and customer: the corporation gets a
transportation fee according to distance.

170 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


This will stimulate competition to max­ ing,fluid converter or still worse electric
imum and thus bring ·freedom from drive; at most. steam locomotives would
monopolistic suppliers. have b.een converted to oil-burners. As
-Still April: Simak's "Grotto of the things stand. Diesels with all those en­
Dancing Deer" is a very fin'e story in­ cumbrances still come out on top. The
deed. Not far to the west of his imag­ Stirling motor ·is no longer experimen­
inary cave in the Circ de Gavarnie is tal. lt is even more economical than the
the real cave of Altamira. Its paintings Diesel and as far as l understand · its
are admirable; nothing like them exists driving qualities are akin to that of the
until Egyptian or Chinese times. some steamer. I understand that Ford is ex­
20.000 years later. J . Michener in his pected to come out shortly with a Stir­
"Iberia" extolls them. When we went ling car and MAN(Germany) with a
a-visiting the cave. I expected some­ truck . If the Stirling can be fuelled with
thing like Simak's bubble chamber with coal dust. as the steamer certainly
a centr:al vent. but to my surprise the could. it will come out on top.
paintings are not on the walls. there Sincerely yours.
being none. The cave is a flat lens. not JUAN G. LOWENSTEIN

even man-high and the paintings are on


the ceiling. Gangways have been carved You ask some good questions-and
into the floor. so we can at least walk ·hard thinking about possible answers
upright. The cave is reached by a laby­ ought to generate some more good
.

rinth of tunnels and there is no direct stories. (And maybe even realities. )
outside connection and according to the
- experts never has there been any: utter
lack of geological evidence-also with Dear Stan.
a direct opening the· paintings would This is a note long overdue.
have deteriorated long since. This raises First, let me say that I am very
two questions: 1 ). How were the paint­ pleased with the direction the magaz�ne
ings drawn from a distance of less than has taken under your "con. · ' It actually
1 .40m? (You paint� of course. at most seems to be getting back some of the
at arm's length. but to get things into flavor it had under Campbell. God rest
proportion ·you need to see from a dis­ his soul! Could it be the difference be­
tance. ) 2) How do you paint without tween having a . "bard �jeQee f¥pe''
light? Remember, no outside connec­ r:umiing the show . . . and an English
tion. Any lamp or torch but electric or major?
· modem gasmantle would have smudged My real reason for this brief missive
the ceiling indelibly. Chip away the is a slight complaint. ln tfie June issue
smudge and you have a chipped place. Jeny Poumelle mentioned a flock of·
None was ever found. Any suggestions. neat ideas in his diatribe against whale
staff or kind readers or authors? slaughter . : . including one of mine;.
May: W . West tries to reintroduce But (as you can see from the enclosed
steamers. Their superior driving quality January issue and reaction) he didn't
is beyond doubt. No clutch, no gearbox. seem to remember where those possi­
But tbe author's claim as to fuel cori­ bilities re Europa came from, though
�wnption is all wrong. If he were cor­ he seemed to credit a lot of other people
rect. nobOdy would ever have built a for their ideas. To keep the record
Diesel. lotomotive with �ts energy-eat- straight I'm sending along. both the

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original and some of the reaction from places. a debate in Congress! But the
the scientific community. If there is Biolog piece· on Buckley makes it clear
truly any place within our reach where that he is taking the plunge, making the
the problem Jerry raises may meet us mistakes, but also achieving the goal of
face to . . . (fin?), I think it's Jupiter's a first novel-and where. save in An­
second Galilean satellite, for the reasons alog, can a relative newcomer be show­
extensively outlined in my January cased in such fashion? My Eng. Lit.
piece in Star & Sky. colleagues, some of whom kill SF by
RICHARD C. HOAGLAND their lovjng. misunderstanding of it,
would have nit-picked it to pieces; while
The article in question is in Star and a "mainstream" fiction publisher would
Sky, Vnl. 2 . No. 1 (January 1980), pp. have made him rewrite, or write in large
16-3/-and should give somebody good hunks of explicit sex a la Harold Rob­
ideas for science fictir.n. bins.· Left alone to tell an Astound­
ing/Analog story, he has come up with
what hooks us all into science fiction
Dear Dr. Schmidt: in the first place: a three-dimensional .
I hope the sale to Davis augurs well vivid. believable other world in which
for Analog. The Fiftieth Anniversary things happen to people we care about.
Year has been a nostalgia trip for me I look forward to more from Buckley.
personally. Jack Williamson and Ray Sincerely yours,
Gallun were both in the first issue of PAUL A. CARTER

Astounding I ever saw (and does any­


body ever forget the contents page of Dear Stan:
his first S F magazine?) -Williamson I have some suggestions for the 1980
with the middle installment of "The Analytical Laboratory . First, in the way
Legion of Time'' and Gallun with his of categories. I think that they should
still eminently re-readable "Seeds of be: serial, novelette, short story. article,
the Dusk." Grasping for hopeful straws cover, editorial, writer, and issue. Sec­
in · a grim time internationally. I take ond. I think each reader should rate each
comfort from the fact that the human of his stories·on a 1 .00-10.00 scale (e.g.
race got higher marks in Gallun' l' story 4.88). and to come up with each story's
for Analog in February 1980, than it did score somebody should average every
in his story for June 1938-historically score. Third, I think that they should
almost as �ad a year. pick the top five in each category in­
What may be more important for the stead of the top three.
future than the persistence of old pros, By the way, I've already had my
telling tale� as beautifully as Simak does chance to send in a vote fonn to the
his "Grotto of the Dancing Deer." is Analytical Laboratory (I used it) but I
the rise of young hopefuls like Bob would like to say something about the
Buckley. ''World in the Clouds'' would results. How Orson Scott Card's
be easy to criticize in a lit.-crit. kind of • • Songhouse• • could get onto the top
way. with its awkward shifts in char­ five, much less run away with the nov­
acter viewpoint, lapses in grammar elette division (or. for that matter. get
("he told Callaghan and I/') and the printed), is beyond �e. It was so boring
flatness of having the climax of a yarn I couldn't even get started. I read a few
·
this adventurous take place in, of all excerpts (about eight) and at least two

172 Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact


made me. unable to eat at suppertime. used antibiotics because the athletes
Whi l e I admire Mi-. Card greatly, this, complained that they made them tired;
I am forced to say, is the worst all-time he would Clean a wound and cover it,
story I have read. and the rider would continue to compete
Yours with regrets. when a sensible man would go straight
BOB CARRICO to bed. The wounds healed with amaz­
ing speed and rarely become infected.
Rt. 4, S. Sutton Ln. What do the savage and the racer
Mayfield, Ky. 42066 have in common? Each is doing some­
thing that takes all. he's got, running
No doubt your suggestions (or any perilously close to his survival reserves.
of several others we received) would Maybe the doctors who have you tot­
give us a finer-tuned measurement of tering up and down the hallway the day
what you're thinking out there. Unfor­ after your operation should go a little
tunately. most such suggestions would farther.
make the analysis more complicated JB
and we just don' t have the manpower
to han.dle it. So we have to keep it pretty Could be. It's sometimes amazing
simple. what both individuals and societies can
Your observation on ' 'Songhouse' ' do when they have to-and how much
is typical: nearly any story which many less they do when they don't.
readers love, others hate just as enthu­
siastically. It's the ones that nobody Dear Dr. Schmidt.
loves or hates that we worry about. Jeffrey Kastin's letter in the June is­
sue suggesting that Tom Eastoo is anti­
feminist struck me as very strange be­
Dear Mr. Schmidt: cause:
It's.one of Analog's purposes to bring 1 . There isn't anything irrational or
odd bits of infonnation together and unrealistic about )oanna 'Russ or Suzy
make them click. These two might be McKee Chamas, though I can see how
odd enough to be of interest: they might be difficult for a 22-year-old
A page flipped to the ·scene 'Yhere the to cope with.
nurse in ' Anasazi'' was thinking Rai
' 2 .. 1 am a woman and. a feminist and·
.and his bullet wound were both a little I always read Analog. I have never been
septic; and taken out of context that offended on feminist grounds, that I can
way. it reminded. me that somewhere recall. until now. Analog dOes reflect
in the dim past I had read an early ex­ our male:-oriented culture but so does
plorer's account of the extreme hardi­ nearly everything, and we haye to cope
hood of ''savages," concluding in the with that or go mad. Some things, like
colorful remark that if you struck one clitoridectomy, are worth screaming
with an ax. Ohe would scarcely take about. but in the face of them, how can
note of the wound. but it would close a random and possibly irt'nocent remark
up in a few days and hardly leave a scar-. matter?
Only a few days ago--1 could pJob�bly 3. The .authors cited for examples of
still find the reference if I cared-I read rational egalitarian writing are both men
an interview with a doctor attending the . (one wonderful, the other sexist. as Mr.
Tour de France. He said that .he never Eastc:in_points out). I find th� offensjve.

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There are dozens of excellent women
SF writers around. I'm sure many of
them are "egalitarian" enough for these Dear Mr. Schmidt:
purposes. (Ursula LeGuin, Anne I enjoyed your July editorial (Rea­
McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, sons"), in particular your point that,
to name a few. There are lots more. ) "If the draft is 'wrong,' imposing it on
T o cite only men here seems highly sex­ two groups is not less wrong than im­
ist to me and defeats Kasten · s argument posing it on one . · '
by putting him in the same boat he's However, there was another sentence
attacking. that captured my attention in a different
As for Tom Easton's rejoinder, de­ way; to wit, " . . . if you ask a man
scribing feminists as rabid dogs is not (or woman), 'Do you want to do this?'
very "cool . " If he had said "cornered and he (she) says, 'No,· it's involun­
,
dogs," yes. But rabies is a disease, and tary. ,
there is nothing unhealthy about anger I find it extremely offensive to be
on behalf of oneself and others. It seems referred to as a parenthetical instance.
unhealthy and irrational to me to be Women constitute fifty percent of our
objective and logical about the horren­ planetary population and, as such , can
dous warping that has been done to hardly be considered an afterthought.
women worldwide, regardless of how Besides, the sentence reads more
"necessary" it may have beep or seemed smoothly without the parentheses.
at one time. Should we have been calm Although in general I believe that you
about Hitler's genocide? Granted, such are very "fair" and "equal, " in this
anger makes men uncomfortable. But particular matter I urge a revision of
should "fair" be defined as "fair so editorial policy.
long as I'm not uncomfortable?" SHOSHANA M. ABRASS

It is my experience that very few men


have enough understanding of what I assure you that if I had left those
women are complaining about to ex­ out, somebody else would have been
press an opinion about feminism with­ just as offended. I can't win!
out getting into trouble. Both of these Wouldn't it be nice if all the factions
men would have been better off to say could be just a little more tolerant of
nothing. As it is, a thoughtless remark the various ways people handle this
has generated some definitely sexist problem--and concentrate more on the
defenses. Too bad. JANET HODGES much bigger ones that are all around?

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INDEX
This index, which I hope will become an annual feature, covers Analog's
fifty-first year: 1 980, Volume 100. (The first 50 years will be covered in an
index being prepared and published by Mike Ashley, in England: I'll an­
nounce details when I have them . )
Entries are arranged alphabetically by author. with month and page. Mul­
tiple entries by the same author are listed in chronological order. When the
author's name and/or part of the entry's title is omitted , it is the same as that
of the previous entry. Collaborations are listed under all authors. with cross­
references. Unless otherwise noted, each entry is identified as a novelette
( n ) , short story (ss). fact article (a), review (r). or editorial (e).

Ahrens. John (Guest Editorial) Easton. Thomas A. "Tetherball"


"The High Cost of Safety" May 5 ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 100
Anvil. Christopher "The Gold of -- "Mood Wendigo"
Galileo" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 115 ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 76
Arent. Charles ; < Self-Evident -- "Downeast Encounter"

Truths" .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 144 ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jun 152


Asimov, lsaac "The Last -- (The Reference

Answer" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 158 Library) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 167


Mar 164
Bainbridge, William Sims (State Apr 166
of the Art) ·'The Analytical Jun 163
Laboratory. 1938-1976" Jan 121 Jul 166
Bova. Ben "Vision" ss . . . . . . . . . Jan 104 Sep 165
Buckley. Bob "World in the Oct 163
Clouds" Part I . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mar 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . � , Nov 167
-- Part 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • Apr 76
-- Part Ill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 108 Forward, Or. Robert L. "A Taste
Budrys, Algis (State of the Art) of Dragon's Egg" . . . . . . . . . Apr 64
"A Letter to the Editor" . . Oct 107 Franson. Donald "One Time in
Byers. Edward A. "The Tactics Alexandria" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jun 110
of Despair" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 8 Freas. Kelly "In the Beginning
. . . Was Campbell" . . . . . . Jun 98
Campbell. John W. Jr. (Edito- Freitas. Robert A. Jr. "A General
rial) "Hyperdemocracy" Jun 5 Theory of living Systems"
Carpenter. Dr. Donald G. "The a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Mar 61
Physics of Haunting" a . . Oct 44
Cook. Rich "Too Hot to Handle" Gallun. Raymond Z. "A First
a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 60 Glimpse n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 108
Correy, Lee " Industrial Acci­ Gauger, Rich "Detour" ss . . . . . Mar 120
dent" ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mar 76 Gottfried. Frederick D. "Hermes
-- "Shuttle Down" Part I Dec 12 to the Ages" n . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 74
Gould, Steven "The Touch of
de Camp, L. Sprague "Man's Their Eyes" ss . . . . . . . .. . . . . Sep 150
Biological Future" . . . . . .. . . Nov 55 Gribbin, Or. John "Carbon Diox-
Dickson. Gordon A. ''The Cloak ide and Climate" a . . . . . . . . Jan 65
Clnd the Staff" n . . . . . . . . . . . Aug 10 --- "Galaxy Formation" a Oct 54

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lng, Dean "Anasazi" Part I . . . . Jul 12 Hole", a . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Sep 33
Part 11 • • • • • • • • • •• Aug 72 McCollum. Michael "A Greater
tnflnity··· n . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . Nov 10
Janifer, La1,1rence M. "Toadstool --- "Gift" . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . Dec 106
Sinfonia" n . . . . . . . . . . : . . . . . . Jul 142 McDonald, Steven E. "ldeolo-
--- "Out There" r . . . . . . . . . Jul 102 gies" n . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 62
--- "Testing . . . " ss . . . . . Nov 140
Nahin, Paul J . "Rings of Death"
Kennedy. Leigh "Detailed Si­ ss.. . . . . . . . . . .·. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . June 86
lence" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 140 'Nicholson, Sam. "Scrooge in
Klein, Jay Kay (Biolog) "lsaac Space" ss . . \ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug 54
Asimov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .' Jan 166
----"Raymond - Zinke Oberg. James (Guest Editorial)
Gallun:: Feb 137 "Spaceflight Folklore" . . . . Nov 5
----:----"Bob Buckley" Mar 59
----- "Thomas A. Patrouch. Joe "Your Privacy is
Easton" Apr 115 my Business" ss . . . . . . . . .. Feb 138
----- "George 0. Piran . Tsvi (with Rothman, Tony
Smith" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 61 and Matzner. Richard)
"Dean lng" . . . Jut 83 "Demythologizing the Black
----- "Gordon R Hole" a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 33
Dlckson" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug 39 Pournelle. Jerry (The Alternate
"Ben Bova" . . . Jul 83 View) ·'The Moon Belongs
----- "Cha'rles . . to Everyone" . . . . . ; . . . . . . . . . Jan 135'
Sheffield"- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Oct 41 "Prudence" . . . Apr 127
"Michael ----- "Twilight

McCollum" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , Nov '53 Song" Jun 103


.. "L. Sprague de ----- "The Ethics of
Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 91 Rhetoric" . . .. .. . . . . . . . . .. . .. Oct 157
"The Study
Lambe. Dean R. "Given A. Then Syndrome" . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 101
'
Bee" ss . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... Jun 136 Pronzlni. Bill (with Matzberg,
Lewis, David "Fit to Print" ss Aug 146 Barry N.) "The Lyran Ca5e"
Longyear, Barry "Savage Planet" ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mar - 1.10
n . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 14
Quick. W.T. "Think -Ethic" ·ss Mar., 94
Maclean, Katherine "The Olmec
Football Player" ss .. . . . .. Sep 106 Reynolds, Mack "Golden Rule"
Matzbero•. Barry N. (with Pron- . n ............................. Mar 134
zini, Bill) "The Lyran Case·• -- "What the Vintners Buy"
·
ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .'. . . . . . . . . . . . Mar 110 n .... . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 76
·
Martin. George R.R. (with Tut- - -- "The Union Forever" . Dec 124
tle. Lisa) "One-Wing" .Part Reynotds. Ted "Meeting of
I . . . . . . . . . ... ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Jan 12 Minds" ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 68 '
Part 11 ... . . . . . . . . Feb 48 Roach, David A. "M'lmO'Jrom
Martin. George R.R. "Night­ the Big Chief" ss . . . . . . . . . . Apr 132
flyers'' n . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . • . . . Apr 12 Robinson, Spider "Have You
Martin, Marcia (with Vinicoff. Heard the On.e . . ..?" n . Jun 68
Eric) "Gambler's War" ss Jul 110 - -- (The Refer�nee

Matzner.
· Richard (with Roth­ Library) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . Jun 160
man, Tony and Piran. Tsvi) May 165
"Demythologizing the Blac� Aug 163
Index 177
Dec 159 Stine, G. Harry "Star Trek: The
Rothman. Milton A. "Death Risk" Vindication" r . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Jul 100
a ............................ . Aug 40 --- "How to Get Along with
Rothman. Tony (with Matzner. an Extraterrestrial or Your
Richard and Piran. Tsvi) Neighbor" a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 39
"Oemythologizing the Black --- (The Alternate View)
Hole" a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 33 "Biocybernetics Revis-
Rucker. Rudy "Faraway Eyes" ited" . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. .. . . . Feb 157
ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 110 "Riposte to
Ruse. Gary Alan "The Girl in the Pournelle" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mar 115
Attache Case" ss . . . . . . . . . . Jul 126 "A Cynic's View
--- ··corley" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 120 of the Moon Treaty" . . . . . . May 103
"You Can't Fool
Schmidt, Stanley "The Analyti- Mother Nature" . . . . . . . . . . . Jul 163
cal Laboratory" a . . . . . . . . . Jun 177 "The Legacy of
--- (The Editor's Pag�:i Soi-IX" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug 159
"Looking Backward and "Some Notes
Forward" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 5 About Change" . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 163
· ·Quality Stone. M. David "Beyond First
Control" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 6 Contact" a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jun 57
"Space for
What?" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mar 5 Thorne, Ray "The Sword Sleeps"
"Energy and n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 84
Freedom" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apr 5 Tuning, William "A Modest In­
"Reasons" . . . . Jul 5 quiry" ss . . . . . . .. .. . .. .. .. .. May 88
----- "Energy --- "The Velvet Rose of
Proposal" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug 5 Evening" ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 148
"Housewarm- Tuttle, Lisa (with Martin. George
ing" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 5 R . R . ) "One-Wing" Part I Jan 12
"Advice for Part 11 . . . . . . . . . . Feb 48
Crackpots" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 5
.
. Self-fulfilling Vinicoff, Eric (with Martin. Mar-
Prophecies" . . . . . . . :. . . . . . . . Dec 5 cia) "Gambler's War" ss Jul 110
Schwartz. Susan "The Struld-
brugg Solution" ss . . . . . . . Sep 64 West. Wallace "Steamer Time
Sheffield, Charles "The New (Again?)" a . . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . May 64
..
Physics ss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sep 56 White. James "Federation
--- "Moment of Inertia" n Oct 12 World" n .. .. . . .. . . . .. . .. . . . Aug 126
Silbar. Margaret L. "Quark Stars" Williamson. Jack (State of the
a . . . . . . . . . . . .................. Juf 63 .
'!'�
A�) " e Case Against the
Simal<. Clifford D. "Grotto ofthe Cnt1cs ..................... Apr 160
Dancing Deer" ss . . . . . . . . . Apr 144 --- ''The Humanoid Uni-
Smith, George 0. "Scholar's verse" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jun 14
Cluster" n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 12
Spa no. Charles "A Grain of Zahn. Timothy "The Dream­
Truth" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 92 sender" n .. . . . .. . . . .. . .. . . . Jul 76
Stiegler. Marc "The Bully and --- "A Lingering Death" Dec 76
the Crazy Boy" ss . . . . . . . . Nov 126

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