By Gordon R. Dickson
Quarantine...Ever considering that Earth's first starship crept out on sublight force 100 years in the past and used to be met through an emissary of the Galactic Federation, guy has lived as a prisoner within the sun method. The Federation decreed that until guy may possibly show his technological adulthood and depart the sunlight procedure through a faster-than-light force, he wouldn't go away it in any respect. All Earth understands the try out that guy needs to go to win Galactic Citizenship and the liberty of the celebrities; the FTL force is each physicist's most sensible precedence. yet what they can not understand is they paintings opposed to either an alien time-limit and human sabotage - and time is working out. except John Parent's star-drive undertaking is profitable, mankind will stay trapped within the sunlight procedure, forever...
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I wonder what. ” Cop signals to other cop in prowl car. ” Charles Freck in his horror-fantasy number induced by the sight of the black-and-white pacing him. ” To survive in this fascist police state, he thought, you gotta always be able to come up with a name, your name. At all times. That’s the first sign they look for that you’re wired, not being able to figure out who the hell you are. What I’ll do, he decided, is I’ll pull off soon as I see a parking slot, pull off voluntarily before he flashes his light, or does anything, and then when he glides up beside me I’ll say I got a loose wheel or something mechanical.
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They’d deliver probably real early, and with armed guards—the Man standing there with Laser rifles looking mean, the way the Man always did. Anybody rip off my slow death, he thought through the Man’s head, I’ll snuff them. Probably Substance D is an ingredient in every legal medication that’s worth anything, he thought. A little pinch here and there according to the secret exclusive formula at the issuing house in Germany or Switzerland that invented it. But in actuality he knew better; the authorities snuffed or sent up everybody selling or transporting or using, so in that case the Thrifty Drugstore—all the millions of Thrifty Drugstores—would get shot or bombed out of business or anyhow fined.