Cosmic Cocktails

Bars and taverns are a commonplace human tradition-the ideal amassing areas to alternate information and gossip, to hang around, to whinge, to have fun, or simply someplace tourists can cross the time. every one has its personal specific and dependable customers, although a few welcome all comers.

But what is going to such watering holes be like sooner or later? What shape may possibly they tackle far away worlds-some human-run, a few note-and on area stations?

Who will be more likely to widespread such areas, and what stories could they must tell?

Here are fifteen unique yarns that take you bar-hopping round the galaxy to locations the place you'll come upon: An alien life-form that should be inebriated to get under the influence of alcohol. . . .A reporter at the path of the real tale a couple of mythical house pilot. . . .A couple of spacers who'd been ended in a bar they could by no means blast out of back. . . .A saloon the place time tourists may run out of time. . . .And extra interstellar adventures that would have you ever wishing you may abdominal as much as the bar-or its alien equivalent-and spend and night taking in those stories past your wildest imagining. . . .

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Besides the Massood, only the Chirinaldo made decent soldiers, and those dizzy heliox-breathers were poor companions on a blasted battlefield. He adjusted his dress vest and shorts, smoothing out the short gray fur that peered from beneath the hems. The irises of his eyes were a lighter gray, the vertical pupils almost black. At the same time he tried to relax. That was something of a contradiction in terms. A Massood could not really relax. Immaterial on the battlefield, it often kept them from promotion to command positions, where the presence of a calmer S’van was more reassuring.

Even the traditional show of force had failed to convince, serving only to warn them of what was to come and allowing them time to prepare. The Amplitur knew that might be the result, but they tried it anyway. The peoples of the Purpose did not attack without first trying persuasion. They were integrators, not conquerors. Next had come the traditional attempt at subverting the government, through innuendo and bribery carried out by allies who physically resembled the Sspari. The morality of such methods was often questioned, but the Amplitur would do anything to avoid war, that obscene offense against reason.

If necessary, a pill could be taken. Golden eyes studied the vast arc of the transparent wall, pondering the expanse of space outside the ship. Much beauty was to be found in the cascade of stars and worlds, in the iridescent wash of nebulae so like the changing gold and silver patterns that highlighted Amplitur skin. Underspace shifting diffused the shapes beyond, reducing great suns to ethereal blurs of color which only added to their loveliness. Only in the full light of the Purpose could such magnificence be truly appreciated.

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