By Harry Harrison
After a ten-year absence, the go back of 1 of the main enduring sequence characters in sleek SF
James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz, detailed Corps agent, grasp con guy, interstellar felony (retired), resides excessive at the hog on this planet of Moolaplenty while a long-lost cousin and a shipful of swine arrive to empty his checking account and ship him and his beautiful spouse, Angelina, wandering the celebs at the wildest trip given that Gulliver's Travels.
In this darkly satiric paintings, Harry Harrison carry his most famed personality out of retirement for a grand travel of the galaxy. the stainless-steel Rat rides back: a cocktail in his hand, a grin on his lips, and larceny in his middle, looking for event, gravitons, and how to do away with the pigs.
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Lead him ahead. ” “Already right here, Cousin Jim. ” showing like a foul reminiscence within the doorway. “First off, are looking to let you know, all of us have fun with what you and them different fellers did on Heavyworld. It used to be like, you recognize, form of nice. should you recognize what I suggest . . . ” Black thoughts swept over me, silenced me. “We all are looking to thank you—for what you probably did that day,” Angelina acknowledged, with nice heat in her phrases. “You stated it, Miz Angelina. What I woulda stated iffen I had the phrases. And me and the lads been conversing, and we figured a fashion so you wouldn’t need to do it back. ” The which means of his garbled syntax reduce via my transforming into melancholy. “That’s correct. We been speaking and obtained the lads from the Brutal Barbell membership to volunteer—an’ they have been correct willin’ to, permit me inform you! ” What was once he on approximately? by no means use one note whilst ten will do larger. A growl rumbled deep in my throat. “Have them come in,” Angelina stated. used to be she fascinated with a few advanced agrarian plot? sooner than i'll communicate the lads filed silently into the bar. My jaw desired to drop. Shuffling, embarrassed, extensive of neck, thick of thigh—each of them over meters of bulging muscle. “They global champions on the weight-lifting championships! ” Elmo acknowledged paternistically. “They are looking to deliver that there computing device back—instead of you and them scrawny little fellers. ” mild streamed into my forebrain. in fact! No intelligence required for the retrieval task. simply brawn, which used to be right here in swollen abundance. “Yes! ” I stated in rapid answer. “Speaking for the opposite scrawny little fellers—the activity is yours! ” They beamed and blushed, ripples of happiness unfold from biceps to triceps to pecs. They shuffled hurriedly out and the spirit of largesse possessed me. “Join us in a drink, Cousin Elmo. I’ll crack out a bottle of the simplest. ” and that i did—for this used to be certainly a so much fantastic day. i used to be nonetheless smiling fortunately while the captain known as a gathering at the bridge. whilst I entered I observed that Heavyworld’s menacing presence stuffed the viewscreen. The captain, Stramm and Tomas stared at it in gloomy disappointment. “I deliver excellent news to do away with the charisma of doom that presses on all the following. ” They seemed dubiously at me, evidently considering I had misplaced so much of my marbles. “We have a few stable volunteers in this send who will move slowly out in our position to retrieve the collector. ” depression became to pleasure while I had defined. “I needs to supervise them,” Tomas acknowledged. “By all means,” I agreed. “From a companies place on a tender bed. ” Our moment stopover at to Heavyworld used to be a tremendous development over the 1st one. As we dropped into orbit the boars snored fortunately, the sows lay down gruntingly. the most important yearlings joined their elders in electronic-induced sleep—no damaged legs this time. I lay at the acceleration sofa and blessed the obese musclemen who might make this stopover at a hit. With the big viewscreen at the wall sooner than us we had a ringside view of the motion. once the touchdown jets lower out, and the 3Gs jumped on us, I observed Tomas fight to a sitting place. “No grandstanding,” he ordered because the airlock door floor open.