By Alan Burt Akers
Dray Prescot, Earthman of Kregen, that impressive international circling the dual suns of Antares, had risen excessive within the empire of Vallia, yet good fortune couldn't continuously maintain him. whilst, eventually, the entire forces against his lands, his princess, his emperor, and to him in my view, converged, it used to be to provide the darkest hour of his lengthy profession. For treason struck on the courtroom, whereas insurgent armies marched from the backlands, the conflict fleets of enemy countries have been aloft, and the uncanny wizardry of a grasp scientist introduced a spell of doom for all Prescot held expensive. along with his again to the wall, Dray Prescot confronted that point of peril with unflinching will... till the harshest blow of all used to be struck: his warrior daughter Dayra rode within the leading edge of his foes!
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It'll happen here all the time too, someday. Air you can breathe like a bird in the sky. Maybe that will help us to change the order of things on this world. " Nirgal closed his eyes, and saw red afterimages of the ice meteor score his eyelids. Meteors like white fireworks, holes boring straight into the mantle, volcanoes... He turned and saw the Coyote hopping over the plain, small and thin, his helmet strangely large on him as if he were a mutant or a shaman wearing a sacred animal head, doing a changeling dance over the sand.
But Coyote, though he cursed Hiroko in a hundred different 'ways, seemed to be pleased. "That vixen, that tyrant! Matriarchy my ass-she's crazy! It amazes me the things she does! Although this has a certain justice to it. Yes it does, because Hiroko and I were an item back in the dawn of time, when we were young in England. That's the reason I'm here on Mars at all. " He laughed and clapped Nirgal on the shoulder again. " He went back out to dance, leaving Nirgal to think it over. Watching Coyote's gyrations, Nirgal could only shake his head; he didn't know what to think, and at the moment thinking anything at all was remarkably difficult.
Coyote stood right on the edge, which made Nirgal nervous. He got on his hands and knees to look over. No sign of a bottom; they might as well have been looking into the center of the planet. "Twenty kilometers," Coyote said over the intercom. He held a hand out over the edge, and Nirgal did too. feel the updraft. " And they hiked back up the road. Coyote had spent many of their daytime hours studying old programs on his AI, and now, with the hydrogen peroxide from their trailer pumped into two of the robot behemoths in the parking lot, he plugged into their control panels and went at it.
Captive Scorpio (Dray Prescot, Book 17; Vallian Cycle, Book 3) by Alan Burt Akers