Action! Adventure! Cliffhangers!
The Cliffhanger 250 is a return to the early days of science fiction, when Sword & Planet stories filled the pages of pulp magazines and names such as Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett were emblazoned on the covers. Step back in time and join the adventure!
The crashed spaceship belongs to the
vicious pirate Amaral Caudill!
had been fifteen years since Martin had crashed.Had Caudill been notorious back then?Did Martin have any idea who Caudill was?
Pushing aside that speculation, I
turned what I hoped was a pleasant smile on Caudill."Captain Bane, please tell Captain
Caudill that I'm pleased to meet him."
As Martin relayed my greeting, I
looked around the bridge.The crew all
looked the worse for wear after the crash.Even Caudill was favoring his right arm and had his right leg propped on
At a break in the conversation, I
said, "The crew and the captain look banged up, Captain Bane.Should we summon our doctor?"
The ship would certainly have a
nano-tech med bay, but if I were in Caudill's position I'd save it for true
emergencies.Who knew how long the
supply of medical nanites would have to last?
"Is your doctor any good?"
Martin held out one of his hands,
pointing to the scars left after a tammar had slashed the hand."He saved my hand.It's a bit stiff, now, but I've still got
it!Tristan is good by any standard and
superb for such a primitive planet."
Caudill turned to one of the
crew."Have you got a final
"Twenty-six dead, seventeen
"Twenty-six?" Martin was
shocked.I was too, but didn't dare show
"One of the inertial dampers
was knocked out," Caudill said."And, yeah, go get your doctor."
Martin winced in sympathy then
turned to me and switched languages."Fetch the doctor, David."
Maybe Tristan could find a way to
drug most of the pirate crew, otherwise everyone on the planet was in serious
Tristan help our heroes overcome the pirates?Find out more in Chapter 16, coming Monday!