By E. C. Tubb

Mercenary. Galactic traveler. Survivor. Earl Dumarest is all these things?and extra. For he claims to come back from the legendary planet of Earth. and people claims have simply attracted the eye of the sinister Cyclan . . . Stranded on Gath with out means off, Dumarest turns into embroiled within the schemes of a sadistic prince and a death matriarch. Plots inside plots unfold?and Dumarest is the foremost to their good fortune. For amid the schemes of prince and matriarch alike, all have come to adventure the mythical Winds of Gath. For while the big name swarms come, while the tune of the spheres rises over the the planet's valleys and mountains, the lifeless can communicate to the dwelling . . . and males cross mad! THE WINDS OF GATH is the 1st quantity within the Dumarest of Terra saga!

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Surely not. . She awakened deep in the night with a start. She sat up, and he came over to her. "I'm glad you're awake. " He pressed his combat knife into her hand. "That carcass seems to be attracting something. " She stretched, got up, and selected a suitable brand. She followed him down into the watercourse, rubbing her eyes. The flickering orange light made jumpy black shadows that were almost harder to see into than plain starlight. As they reached the water's edge she caught movement out of the corner of her eye, and heard a scrambling among the rocks and a familiar hiss.

Curiosity prodded her, mulling on his words. " Cordelia's stomach tightened. " He frowned into the distance. They struggled up and trudged on through the woods. The Barrayaran tried to help her more with Dubauer, for a time. But Dubauer recoiled from him, and between the ensign's resistance and his own bad leg, the awkward attempt failed. All his concentration seemed focused on pushing himself ahead just one more step, but he muttered to himself alarmingly. Cordelia had a nasty vision of collapse and fevered delirium, and no faith at all in her ability to take over his role of identifying and contacting a loyal member of his crew.

You could never overlook this," stated Gottyan uncertainly. One does not weep for the living, she thought, but for the dead; in that moment, while Vorkosigan still doubted, she knew he intended to fire. She brought her stunner up, took careful aim, and squeezed off a burst. It buzzed weakly, but it was enough to bring Gottyan, head turning at the sudden movement, to his knees. Vorkosigan pounced on the disruptor, then relieved him of his plasma arc and knocked him to the ground. "Damn you," croaked Gottyan, half-paralyzed.

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