Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished. It was Danny who came up with the idea of leaving him with the prophecyŚ
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A pretty good revenge story that only qualifies as science fiction because of a mysterious ray gun that was issued to a guard by the Outsiders (who are never seen or explained.) If the guard used a revolver instead, it would have made no difference to the story.
The three characters are well-drawn and the plot kept me guessing right up until the end.