By Murray Leinster
"Nobody ever observed the message-torp. It wasn't to be anticipated. It got here in on a path that prolonged backward to someplace close to the Rift—where there was once Huks—and for a really, very good distance it had traveled as in basic terms message-torps do go back and forth. It hopped part a light-year in overdrive, and got here again to normality lengthy adequate for its photocells to examine the star-filled universe all approximately. Then it hopped one other part light-year, etc. For an extended, very long time it traveled during this jerky fashion."
A compelling brief tale through Murray Leinster.
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He asked. Sighing, the Chief poured cognac and gave Viktor an inhibited, arrested sort of look. “Bowed his head did our brave young Red,” he crooned softly: “Cruelly shot through his Komsomol heart … “As a newspaper, we’ve had our losses. This one’s our seventh. Before long we’ll be unveiling a pantheon … Still, no skin off your nose! ” said the Chief. Then, in quite a different, somehow weary voice, and looking hard at him, he added “And it’s not your business any longer. Just that you know a bit more than others do … OK …” Viktor regretted his curiosity.
My daughter,” he said. ” He stooped to unbutton her little coat of reddish fur. “Sonya,” she said gazing up at him. “And I’m four. ” “You see? And she’s hardly been here a minute …” He removed her coat and helped her off with her little boots. They went through to the living room. ” she asked, looking round. “I’ll go and see,” said Viktor, but first he fetched Misha-non-penguin the two new obelisks from the kitchen. “Misha,” he called, looking behind the dark-green settee. Misha, standing in his hidey-hole on a treble thickness of camel-hair blanket, was staring at the wall.
A door banged. He waited patiently for the doorbell. A short while later, instead of a ring, there was a guarded knock. A red-eyed, sleepy-looking man of about 50 handed him a large brown envelope. “I’m down in the car. Hammer on the door if I’m asleep,” he said, without coming in. Sitting at his typewriter, Viktor drew from the envelope a sheet of paper and a theatre programme. Parkhomenko, Yuliya Andreyevna, b. 1955. Since 1988, singer Nat. Opera. Married, two children. he read. 1991, mastectomy.