The Adolescence of Number Eighty-Seven

The Adolescence of Number Eighty-Seven

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The Adolescence of Number Eighty-Seven by Arthur Stringer

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The Adolescence of Number Eighty-Seven

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he called her a foul name, and clung to the swaying window rail at the other side of the cab, "and let her blow up when she damn please."

Web clamped his jaw, and again shut off the injector to allow her to pick up. Then his hand shot out to the whistle lever, and her sudden shriek tore a hole in the silence of the prairie night.

"What in hell d'you mean by that?" cried the other man, leaping forward, white with rage.

"But that's orders."

"You take your orders from me, this time! I don't want that whole town swarming down to the track, you fool!"

Web watched the switch light dance and swim up to them. He stood ready, waiting.

It was the unexpected that happened. He could feel the pound of the switch point, the quick lurch and swing. In another moment he expected to feel the shuddering thud of his wheels on the sleepers. Instead of that a mass of steel tore whistling through the left-hand side of the cab, carrying away iron and woodwork as it went. Then came another; a

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The middle of winter out on the Canadian prairie is not the time to rob a steam train. But damned if that isn't what's happening. It's a new locomotive and the engineer is trying to coddle her, but the train robbers just won't cooperate.
Nice little story with a plot that defies prediction.
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FEATURED AUTHOR - Nick Adams grew up in a small village near Maidstone in Kent, England and right from an early age was a fervent NASA, space and Apollo fan. After watching the first moon landing in 1969 and the subsequent moon missions that followed, he discovered science fiction books and cut his teeth reading Asimov, E. E. Doc Smith and Alan Dean Foster. In more recent times, Andy Weir and Peter F Hamilton to name but two, have joined them on the bookshelves.