By Leigh Brackett
Alpha Centauri, the closest superstar to the sunlight process - in simple terms 4.3 gentle years away. To Kirby and his fans it intended freedom - freedom from the tyranny and repression of Earth's dictatorship.
But that freedom must be earned - the flight to Alpha Centauri may suggest 5 years jammed within the stomach of an out of date spaceship, 5 years of praying that the foodstuff offer could final, 5 years of combating off the govt ships despatched out to intercept them....
And in the event that they did be capable to succeed in the unknown planets that have been their aim, what may they locate? Freedom? Or a destiny extra poor than any they can have confronted on Earth?
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They’re built that way, to regard humans as a menace. ” It sounded good. He tried hard to believe it. Wilson and Krejewski had been unhooking the cutting-torches from their belts. Wilson said nervously, “Might as well cut in here as anywhere. We’d never crack the doors. But remember these things have got automatic repair devices, so get in fast when we hole through. ” Out in the void that they had left behind, bright period to his words, a flare lit up the eternal night, burned savagely, and was gone.
The pattern of its mission was carefully programmed for it, with all the alternate methods of achieving it. ” “Shut up and bring that torch here,” Kirby said. ” He was at the bridgeroom door, and it was closed and locked. A key back at Pluto base would open it, but nothing else would except brute force. A torch bit into the metal. Wilson muttered as he played it, “Never been up this high before. Nobody but the top cyberneticists rated access to the bridge. ” The lock, burned through, grated and sagged.
As he climbed the ladder he could hear the normal child noises resuming. But underneath them there was still a quiet that made the roots of his hair prickle. He was still shaking his head when he got back to the bridge. “I thought they’d all have hysterics,” he said. “They didn’t. ” Pop Barstow grinned a little. “I told you you don’t understand women, young Kirby. ” He nodded. ” Kirby looked. Her face was pale, but no longer stricken. ” he asked her. “Yes. But I see that I have to try. ” She added, very earnestly, “Don’t trust in me too much.
Alpha Centauri or Die! by Leigh Brackett