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Shepherd of the Planets

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Author: Alan Mattox
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,423 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.7
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,076
Added to site: 2009.02.11 23409

Renner had a purpose in life. And the Purpose in Life had Renner.

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nd thick, and he did not bother to trim it. The others, too, became more careless in their dress, each man following his own particular whim. There was no longer need for a taut ship.

Farrow threw a dam across the little stream, and, while the water grew behind it, went on to breaking up the soil with his machines. Beeson searched for nitrate, and found it. He brought a load of it back, and this, together with the moss and lichen, was chopped into the soil. In the end, it was the lichen that was the limiting factor. There was only so much of it, so the size of the plot that they could prepare was small.

"But it's a start," Renner said. "That's all we can hope for this first year. This crop will furnish more material to be chopped back into the soil. Year by year it will grow until the inhabitants here will have a new world to live in!"

"What do you expect to get out of it?" Farrow asked bitingly.

Renner's eyes glowed with an inner light.

* * * * *

Renner's beard grew

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A ship runs out of fuel on a planet that barely supports plant life, and the crew decides to transform what they can into farmland. The natives gradually learn to trust the humans enough to arrive at a trite ending.



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