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The Guardians

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Author: Irving E. Cox
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,165 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,388
Added to site: 2008.01.04 19599

It’s not always “The Truth shall set you free!” Sometimes it’s “Want of the Truth shall drive you to escape!” And that can be dangerous!

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ad no one knew she was aboard the Guardian Wheel. She would return to Rythar. After she told the others what she knew, Rythar would send up no more sacrifice ores. Let the Earthmen come down and mine it for themselves!

Very cautiously she pulled the door open. The rim corridor was empty. She moved toward one of the intersecting corridors. When she heard footsteps, she hid in another dormitory room.

This was different from the others. It showed more evidence of permanent occupation. She guessed it was a dormitory for the people who took care of the sick. Pictures were fastened to the curved, metal walls. Personal articles cluttered the shelves hung beside the bunks. On a writing desk she saw a number of typed reports. Five freshly laundered uniforms, identical to the one she had lost in the antiseptic wash, hung on a rack behind the door. Mryna stripped off the makeshift she was wearing and put on one of the uniforms; she found boots under the desk. When she was dressed, she stood admiring hersel

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
JoJo Biggins

A hugely interesting story with a very disappointing ending. Worth the read, but be prepared for the letdown.

Sardo Weems

On a cloud-shrouded planet where an enclave of teenagers live, one girl finds a book of astronomy and begins questioning what is on the other side of the clouds, what planet are they on, and why are they all about the same age?

A good sci-fi mystery that holds your attention. The character Mryna is very well done. This is "serious" science fiction, rather than pulp.


Interesting storyline. Never a dull moment during the story.



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