By Bob Shaw
Twenty-three years in the past, the population of Overland left Land to flee the Plague. during this sequel to The Ragged Astronauts, the survivors of Land carry an ultimatum—submit or die of the Plague.
Originally released 1988 by way of Gollancz.
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From just outside, he heard a creak from the patio. ” He opened the door. No moon out yet. The porch was unusually dark. He couldn't see a thing. What had made that sound? Raccoons and coyotes and skunks were regulars here. Lindsey didn't move, just listened. He clicked on the flashlight. The beam played over the long, wrap-around porch and across waist high grass that sprouted through the decking. Grass? His sister wasn't fastidious, but she kept her home relatively neat both inside and out, including keeping weeds under control.
There were no snakes, just the blades of grass, moving of their own volition, pricking with deliberate intention. He could feel each of the itchy, sharp stabs of the grass creatures until finally the pain stopped. They leaned in close, leafy limbs brushing and grabbing at him. Whatever they were doing didn't make much sense. When his belt was undone and his pants were pulled down, it made less sense. His paralysis was total. * * * The Captain addressed the hundred members of his Clyptus crew, two- to three-foot-tall spindles of vegetable matter, all pinky-thin as was their custom.
Asked a blue sphere with a big eye and many, many smaller ones. ” “It means the entirety of outcomes for the humans is not known,” the Grey said. ” “Bad luck,” Oliop said. The Trin chaircreature growled at him. “Silence, technician,” she said. “'Luck' is just perceived probability,” the Grey said. “What we are seeing is a fundamental error in judgment of human potential, a gross miscalculation. ” The Grey coughed. It released a stench like burnt popcorn and shook its head. “No,” the Grey said.