Suddenly, the captain exclaimed: “I see him!” Before disappearing from view. Lamont scrambled to follow Carter as his voice carried through the cavern.…
Lamont shrank into his coat as he followed behind Carter, who was nimbly bounding between narrow outcroppings to follow the winding course of the strea…
Lamont, who had been listening in on his own wrist radio, nodded toward the horizon beyond the jagged peaks of the mountains that rose above them. The …
“I’ve been to a dozen worlds outside of Earth before this one, and you know what they have in common?” Carter asked rhetorically. “They all would have …
Rico’s eyes flashed with anger. “Captain, Rex and Rosemary need our help. I should not be returning to the elevator.”
“This place is a mausoleum,” The captain answered soberly. “That, or the site of a massacre. The entire floor looks to be covered at least two or three…
As they reached the dome, Francis glanced at the arm of his coat and gestured to draw the others’ attention to it. Their dosimeter patches were glowing…
“Obviously some kind of intentional construction. Primitive, but clearly intelligent. Made of found objects.”
It was quiet, but growing more noticeable, sounding as if a multitude of hollow wooden tubes were being knocked against each other.
“It is strange,” The large man answered gravely, “Not knowing at all what to expect. Having no way to begin to know. I cannot say that I like it.”
Carefully, Francis Carter stepped off the edge of the gangplank and onto the alien soil. With practiced precision, he said: “With this step, mankind ta…
“Steady your—” Carter began to say, but he was interrupted by a chorus of groans and muttered oaths. Lamont suddenly felt as if a suit of chainmail had…