The Beasts in the Void

The Beasts in the Void

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The Beasts in the Void by Paul W. Fairman

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Holloway was used to big game hunters and their expeditions to other worlds. But this trip was sheer madness—a space ship stalking among—The Beasts in the Void

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know it. That's an odd one. Scared for your life but afraid to tell the big man because he might kill you. Would Murdo kill in a fit of rage? I don't know.

Keebler stays drunk so none of it bothers him. Keebler's wife, I think, is in love with Murdo but it's a kind of little-girl love. She never quite grew up. Kelvey glues himself to Murdo and sticks like a plaster. He seems to consider Murdo a haven, as though Murdo's bulk will make everything all right.

Jane Kelvey hasn't quit making passes at me but they're half-hearted. She bothers me. I'm uneasy when she's around. I get the feeling that any minute she might drop to her knees and beg. What do you do with a woman on her knees before you, begging? Maybe before long her husband will look good to her. Maybe she'll be able to get him away from Murdo's side for a while.

I look at both these women and realize what I lost. Melody.

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Jane Kelvey came to my cabin. It's hit her that things aren't right. She's scared. She a

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A rich man mourning his wife pilots his space ship of big-game hunters to a place in empty space where wild animals are said to stalk spacecraft. The story is insane, of course, until they hit the sparkling cloud.

The characters are stereotypes, but okay, the plotting is good, the ending is a bit Twilight Zone-ish and heavy-handed.