Temple faced leaving Earth—and the girl he loved—if his country drafted him. But the hard part was in knowing he'd never return!...
ing, myopic, bull-necked Comrade thrust the papers across his desk at her.
Three-score men sit in the crowded, smoke-filled room. Some drink beer, some squat in moody silence, some talk in an animated fashion about nothing very urgent. At the one small door, two guards pace back and forth slowly, creating a gentle swaying of smoke-patterns in the hazy room. The guards, in simple military uniform, carry small, deadly looking weapons.
FIRST MAN: Fight City Hall? Are you kidding? They took you, bud. Don't try to fight it. I know. I know.
SECOND MAN: I'm telling you, there was a mistake in the records. I'm over twenty-six. Two weeks and two days. Already I wrote to my Congressman. Hell, that's why I voted for him, he better go to bat for me.
THIRD MAN: You think that's something? I wouldn't be here only thos
Big story with mammoth premise—galaxies and millennia are flung freely about—and not all the characters are two-dimensional. Not sure it's worth the effort to read, none the less.
For thirty years young men have been selected by lottery for a top secret government program known as the "Nowhere Journey". The duty is on a rotational basis, yet no one has ever returned. This novella follows the journey of 26 year old Kit Temple as he takes the Nowhere Journey farther than anyone before. The book has some interesting ideas but unfortunately the ending fails to tie up some loose ends.