Star Hunter by Andre Alice Norton

By Andre Alice Norton

Andre Alice Norton used to be a twentieth century American technology fiction author. She additionally wrote old fiction and modern fiction. Andre Norton used to be her pseudonym. She was once the 1st lady to obtain the Gandalf Grand grasp Award from the area technological know-how Fiction Society in 1977. Norton used to be presented the coveted Damon Knight Memorial Grand grasp Award from the SFWA in 1983. "Star Hunter" tells the tale of a guy who thinks with another's mind as he's pursued in a perilous video game of conceal and search. This experience tale captures the reader's awareness from the first actual sentences. "Nahuatl's higher moon pursued the smaller, greenish globe of its better half throughout a cloudless sky during which the celebrities made a speckled trend just like the scales of an incredible serpent coiled round a black bowl. Ras Hume paused on the border of scented spike-flowers at the best terrace of the excitement apartment to ask yourself why he considered serpents. He understood. Mankind's age-old hatred, introduced from his local planet to the far away stars, used to be evil symbolized through a coil in a twisted, belly-path around the floor. And on Nahuatl, in addition to a dozen different worlds, Wass was once the serpent."

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And all of the next day was only a haze to him now. They must have moved on, though he could remember nothing, save Hume's odd behavior--dull-eyed silence while stumbling on as a brainless servio-robot, incoherent speech wherein all the words came fast, running together unintelligibly. And for himself--patches of blackout. At some time they had come to the cave and Hume had collapsed, not rousing in answer to any of Vye's struggles to awaken him. How long they had been there Vye could not tell now.

Before him, up slope, was the closed door of the valley. And moving in from the left was another of the blue beasts. He could not retreat to the trees. But the newcomer was moving with the same ponderous self-confidence its fellow had shown earlier. Vye dodged right, headed for the rocks by the gap. As he pulled himself into that temporary fortification, the wounded beast dragged out of the woods below. He thought it was blind, yet some instinct drove it after him. Shaking from fatigue, Vye steadied his forearm on the top of the rock, brought up the ray tube.

Hume laughed. " Vye left him sitting by that entrance while he made a quick trip to the cave to pick up the small pack of supplies left them. When he returned they crammed tablets into their mouths, drank feverishly of the lake water, and, with the stimulation of the new energy, set off along the cliff face. " "Runs too straight to be anything else, and those projections are evenly spaced. " Vye thought of that attacking water creature. "No diving in there," he protested. Hume smiled, a stretch of skin far too tight over his jaw now.

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