New PDF release: A Matter of Importance

By Murray Leinster

ISBN-10: 1612100112

ISBN-13: 9781612100111

"Nobody ever observed the message-torp. It wasn't to be anticipated. It got here in on a direction that prolonged backward to someplace close to the Rift—where there was once Huks—and for a really, very good distance it had traveled as merely message-torps do shuttle. It hopped part a light-year in overdrive, and got here again to normality lengthy sufficient for its photocells to examine the star-filled universe all approximately. Then it hopped one other part light-year, and so forth. For an extended, very long time it traveled during this jerky fashion."

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