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Next Door, Next World

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Published: 1961
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,643 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,309
Added to site: 2008.08.13 21706

Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness. Change can go any direction.

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o. She was determined to see you off."

"I was glad to see her, colonel."

The colonel smiled. "Can't think of a man on this base I'd rather turn Carolyn over to."

"Thank you, sir," said Lance.

"Been counting the minutes to take-off, I suppose?"

"He's hardly had a chance to, Dad," Carolyn broke in. "What with me in his hair!"

One of the colonel's aides glanced at his watch, then opened up a brief case and took out a sealed envelope. The colonel relieved him of it and handed it to Lance.

"Your flight orders, Lance. Got the preset tapes installed and checked?"

"Yes, sir."

"Well, you should know your onions now, if you're ever going to. Best of luck, son."

"Thank you, colonel."

Lance turned. "Good-by, Carolyn. Just four weeks now, like I said."

"I'll be waiting."

"First jump's always the hardest, I hear," spoke up the second aide, cheerily. Like a great many other execs, the officer boasted no active space rating, though he

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
Sardo Weems

Just a mediocre short story. The premise is that when you drop out of hyperspace, you often come out on a different timeline. They don't tell new pilots that, so it comes as a surprise to Lance when he gets back.

The jargon is very dated, the girlfriend is arm-candy with no depth of character, and the plotting is plodding. The nice thing about alternate timelines is you don't have to have much continuity with what came before in the story.



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