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A Stone In Heaven by Poul Anderson

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She stubbed out the cigarette, viciously, and started the next. "We'll go fetch Yewwl when she's worked off the worst of what's in her, if she lives through it. " That would be several standard days hence. " Abrams slumped. She turned from him and stared out a viewscreen. It gave a broad overlook across the locality. On her right, the Kiiong River flowed seaward, more rapidly than any stream on Terra or Dayan would have gone through a bed as level as was here. Spray off rocks dashed brilliant above water made gray-green by glacial flour.

Antares was already visible, rising Venus-bright and ruby-red out of the Auroral Ocean. "You should have come here more often," Runeberg said. "You know I could hardly drag myself away from my work, ever, and then mostly to visit my parents," Banner replied. "Since Dad's death--" She broke off. The big blond man regarded her carefully. She stood profile to, so that he saw the curve of her nose below the high forehead, the set of her wide mouth and the jut of her chin and the long sweep of her throat down to the small bosom.

Take an example," Cairncross said. "The legate wants figures on our production of palladium and where it is consumed. My government isn't technically required to provide that information, but it is required to cooperate with the representative of the Imperium, and his request for those figures is reasonable under the circumstances. After all, palladium is essential to protonic control systems, which are essential to any military machine. Now can I, personally, supply the data? Of course not. " "No offense," Flandry said, "but you realize that, theoretically, the guilt could trace back to you.

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