By Leigh Brackett
Alpha Centauri, the closest celebrity to the sunlight process - simply 4.3 gentle years away. To Kirby and his fans it intended freedom - freedom from the tyranny and repression of Earth's dictatorship.
But that freedom must be earned - the flight to Alpha Centauri could suggest 5 years jammed within the abdominal of an out of date spaceship, 5 years of praying that the nutrition offer might final, 5 years of struggling with off the govt ships despatched out to intercept them....
And in the event that they did have the ability to succeed in the unknown planets that have been their aim, what could they locate? Freedom? Or a destiny extra negative than any they can have confronted on Earth?
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Three miracles. ” “Well, we had ’em. ” A long slow shudder slid through the bones and wiry muscle of the shoulder under Kirby’s hand. “Unless they send more R-ships after us. ” He took his hand away, before he used it to break Pop Barstow’s neck. ” “That’s a fine line of reasoning,” Kirby snarled. ” He stamped out of the bridge, all the exultation gone from him. Shari was waiting for him in the corridor. ” Her voice shook a little when she answered, and he saw that her habitual Martian calm was stretched very thin.
Wilson said, “But we’d be too far away to bother them. ” Kirby shook his head. “Nothing stays too far away forever. Forget about it. ” The skiff rushed on, making the first leg of its appointed course. The rockets drummed. Kirby glared at the indicators. The others sat, in quiet agony, in stolid dread. Presently Kirby said, “Time. Secure your helmets and check oxygen flow. Everybody’s audio working? ” He switched on the small but very powerful communication unit built into the suit and spoke briefly to Fenner aboard the Lucy B.
She tried to pull away, laughing in a choked-up, unfamiliar way. “Kirby, you will suffocate me! Let us go outside and stand on the ground and breathe the air. ” She said that last with such passion that he was astonished. She ran away from him down to the corridor, to the ladder that led to the hatch. He blinked and went after her. They were practically alone in the ship now. Everybody had stampeded for the open, scattering out beyond the charred and smoking circle the landing jets had made, to where the prairie grass grew thick and green.
Alpha Centauri or Die! by Leigh Brackett