By Ben Bova

Earth is an outdated planet, and her teeming lots are operating out of assets . . . and time. it really is as much as males akin to Jeff Holman to find a haven for Earth’s hundreds of thousands. Altair VI is one such planet, and Holman is decided to remodel this international into one the place the human race can survive.

Star probes had lengthy prior to trained Earth that Altair VI had a flourishing ecology with one very difficult beast on the most sensible of the meals chain, a beast that might must be handled ahead of the human colony ships arrive. The beast is not just difficult, it really is as clever as a man.

Holman is confronted with a soul-wrenching decision—for to make Altair VI liveable for people, all local existence needs to die

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A. van in pale turquoise, so it was quite easy to track. He pulled back the perspective, and directed their attention back to the tower. ” This vehicle was highlighted in a bright violet. Although air traffic did not follow roads as such, traffic patterns created the illusion of them in the trackless sky. It became rapidly evident that the two vehicles were following the same route. ” Michael said. ” “Yes, sir. ” Judith gasped, but she was already on her feet, heading for the door. Dinah grabbed her.

Lady looked like a Valkyrie turned executive secretary. ” “Near perfect match,” Michael said satisfied. “The program ignores the things that have distracted you like hair color, weight, and attire. ” “Is that little boy…” Judith asked. “Even a closer match,” Michael said. “They’ve cut her hair and darkened it, changed her clothes. With her asleep, she’s not going to be talking and giving anything away. ” He shook his head to dissuade further conversation. ” No one spoke as the images zipped down corridors, through tubes, and down underpasses.

They write each other regularly. He sends little presents. She sends photos of the kid. I managed some rather adroit questioning of the social secretary who handles Prince Michael’s appointments those rare times when he’s in-system and off-duty. She was quite amused that the first—and only—thing Prince Michael always insists on is time to visit with Judith Newland. “More importantly, although there was every evidence before he met Judith Newland that Prince Michael was a perfectly active heterosexual young male.

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