The Hunters William Morrison

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The Hunters  by  William Morrison

The Hunters by William Morrison
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An Excerpt from the book- Bradley seemed to have escaped regeneration. Now he had only death to worry about. Ten minutes before, he had been tumbling through the air head over heels, helpless and despairing. And before that--He remembered how hisMoreAn Excerpt from the book- Bradley seemed to have escaped regeneration. Now he had only death to worry about. Ten minutes before, he had been tumbling through the air head over heels, helpless and despairing. And before that--He remembered how his heart had been in his mouth as he had crept down the corridor of the speeding ship.

He could hear Malevskis voice coming faintly through one of the walls, and had been tempted to run back, fearful of being shot down on the spot if he were caught. He had fought back the temptation and kept on. No one had seen him as he crept intothe lifeboat.This is your one chance, he told himself.

You have to take it. If they get you back to port, youre finished.Luck had been with him. They were broadcasting the results of the Mars-Earth matches at the time, and most of the crew were grouped around the visors. He had picked the moment when news came of a sensational upset, and for a minute or two after the lifeboat blasted off, no one realized what had happened. When the truth did penetrate, they had a hard time swinging the ship around, and by then the lifeboat was out of radar range.

He was free.He had exulted wildly for a moment, until it struck him that freedom in space might be a doubtful gift. He would have to get to some civilized port, convince the port authorities that he had been shipwrecked andsomehow separated from the other crew members, and then lose himself quickly in the crowd of people that he hoped would fill the place.

There would be risks, but he would take them. It would be better than running out of air and food in space. It had been the best possible plan, and it had gone wrong, all wrong. He had been caught, before he knew it, in the gravity of a planet he had overlooked. The lifeboat had torn apart under the combined stresses of its forward momentum and its side rockets blasting full force, and he had been hurled free in his space suit, falling slowly at first, then faster, faster, faster--



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