The Sky Trap

The Sky Trap

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The Sky Trap by Frank Belknap Long

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1941

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eet."

Lawton ascended rapidly, resentment smouldering within him. What right had the skipper to interfere? He had passed the buck, hadn't he?

* * * * *

Lawton got another bad jolt the instant he emerged through the 'chute opening. Captain Forrester was leaning against a parachute rack gasping for breath, his face a livid hue.

Slashaway looked equally bad. His jaw muscles were twitching and he was tugging at the collar of his gym suit.

Forrester gasped: "Dave, I tried to move the ship. I didn't know you were outside."

"Good God, you didn't know--"

"The rotaries backfired and used up all the oxygen in the engine room. Worse, there's been a carbonic oxide seepage. The air is contaminated throughout the ship. We'll have to open the ventilation valves immediately. I've been waiting to see if--if you could breathe down there. You're all right, aren't you? The air is breathable?"

Lawton's face was dark with fury. "I was an experimental rat in the sky,

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An all right short story about a stratospheric weather ship (if I understood the mission correctly) flying with an improbably large crew suddenly caught suspended in a force bubble in mid-air.

Every character is a stereotype, the plot melodramatic and creaky, and the escape a bit of magic. To the author's credit, he did explain the source of the bubble.
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