Author: Irving W. Lande
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,816 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,194
Added to site: 2007.08.31 18064

The slingshot was, I believe, one of the few weapons of history that wasn't used in the last war. That doesn't mean it won't be used in the next!

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Johnny answered, hurt, "What do you think I'm doing down here--reading one of your magazines?"

Paul was struggling with hundred-pound arms, trying to focus the telescope that swiveled over the panel. As the field cleared, he could see that the plume was flaring unevenly, flickering red and orange along one side. Quietly and viciously, he was talking to himself. "Blow! Blow!"

* * * * *

And she blew. Like a dirty ragged bit of fireworks, throwing tiny handfuls of sparks into the blackness. Something glowed red for a while, and slowly faded.

There, but for the grace of God.... Paul shuddered in a confused mixture of relief and revulsion.

He cut back to 4 G's, noting that RVS registered about a mile per second away from station, and suddenly became aware that the red light was on for loss of air. The cabin pressure gauge read zero, and his heart throbbed into his throat as he remembered that pinging sound, just as they passed the enemy ship. He told Garrity to


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A dated, space shoot 'em up. The US and USSR use fighter rockets to blast away at each other in space while maintaining a tense peace on Earth. The story is one dogfight. No clear moral or point, the US is assumed to be the good guy, but with something so dated, the sides don't seem much different.

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