By Donald Moffitt
The formidable Sultan of Alpha Centauri can in simple terms declare the illustrious name of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the total inhabitants of the larger Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been in a position to triumph over the numerous demanding situations offered through interplanetary shuttle. in spite of the fact that, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a shrewdpermanent fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislation on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering international of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to advanced physics and the much more advanced political intrigues of the Sultan's courtroom. liable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the full sun approach can be resting on his shoulders.
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The important thing was that the Clonemaster trusted him. " The shock made Hamid-Jones's knees go weak. How stupid he had been! There had been no need for him to have sneaked around behind the Clonemaster's back to woo Lalla. He need only have waited! "That's why we're going to trust you now, ya Abdul," Dris said, fingering his gun again. " "We're collecting our dues," Tawfiq added. "I don't see how I can help," Hamid-Jones protested, his head swimming with the new knowledge. "Mars is over four light-years away.
He's seven and has no father, poor little tyke. " "A widow, eh? " "It's true that her husband left her comfortably off. She runs the export-import business herself—women are very indepen-dent on Alpha Centauri. But I don't care about her money, mas-ter. It's her I love. " He looked at Aziz. "I've heard about your pearl; I didn't know whether to believe it. " "I was going to tell you, master. " "Mosque school, eh? " "Oh yes, master, very devout. You mustn't be misled by the freer customs here on Alpha Centauri.
That was fortunate, master," Aziz had said later when Hamid-Jones had reported the incident. "You don't want to take the edge off her with these easy encounters. Tell her your ardor is too intense to be satisfied by a few hurried moments. " Hamid-Jones had said in disapproval. "She's too much for him, that's all, master," Aziz had re-plied. " He snickered. " Hamid-Jones had said severely. Now, with Mrs. Awad panting in his ear and rubbing against him like a cat, Hamid-Jones remembered Aziz's words and gave a shiver.
A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt