A Better Mantrap by Bob Shaw

By Bob Shaw

A super selection of unique stories.

A predatory alien by chance teleported to Earth.

A mad scientist and his imprisoned ghost.

A area vacationer returns to stand an accusation of homicide.

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I still don't see why we have to go right now. ' Billy started to get angry. 'You want to risk getting picked up just because you're getting your ashes hauled? ' The Siderian hooked his thumbs in his gunbelt. 'If you're so scared of the Ocpol, why don't you just get out on your own? I ain't ready to hold your hand. Anyway, what's so bad about being picked up? It might be rough at first, and I wouldn't go out looking for it, but I've been in wars before. ' The Minstrel Boy slowly shook his head.

They'd never stage an invasion. It'd be against all their principles. A. ' Billy pulled a wry face. ' Olad suddenly had enough of being left out of the discussion. ' The Minstrel Boy turned and faced him. 'We just made up our minds. ' The Siderian nodded. ' He hesitated, looking from Billy to the Minstrel Boy and back again. Finally he took a deep breath. 'Yeah, I guess so. ' Carmen sat up on the bed and took notice. 'So you're going? ' The Minstrel Boy seemed to take control now the decision was made.

It might be rough at first, and I wouldn't go out looking for it, but I've been in wars before. ' The Minstrel Boy slowly shook his head. ' Both Billy and Olad looked at him in surprise. 'What do you know about them? ' The Minstrel Boy glanced at Billy. ' Billy looked bewildered. A. ' 'Son of a bitch! ' Billy shook his head as the information struck home. ' The Minstrel Boy nodded. Billy looked puzzled. ' Billy still looked confused. 'I don't get it. I don't get it at all. ' The Minstrel Boy shrugged.

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