By James P. Hogan
During this modest SF-mystery hybrid, set on Mars circa the twenty second century, Kieran Thane (aka the Knight), a kind of futuristic Saint or Travis McGee, and his girl spouse, June, who's now not really a whole associate yet greater than a sidekick, take on the secret of a teleportation scan long gone fallacious. rather than teleporting, the method duplicates the person, with unlucky effects for one of many scientists concerned, Dr. Leo Sarda. One Dr. Sarda is left with holes in his reminiscence, whereas the opposite places a gap in his double's checking account. the path leads Thane and June to high-powered company shenanigans, which threaten to wreck via improvement invaluable archeological websites which can carry a clue to the destiny of the vanished Martian race. as well as utilizing biotechnology to salary mental battle opposed to the company meanies, the Knight has to conceal himself as a mystic, the Khal of Tadzhikstan, and rent a few undeniable outdated actual weaponry and its wielders. An amiable mutt named Guinness, half Lab, half Doberman, lends a few canines curiosity. This light-weight page-turner, which calls for a definite tolerance for expository lumps, libertarian preaching and Gods from Outer area, won't make new converts for Hogan (The Proteus Operation; Endgame Enigma; etc). in spite of the fact that, the author's useful dealing with of a couple of common subject matters within the SF experience type will greater than fulfill demonstrated fanatics.
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You safe. Hear? Safe, Tully. " He babbled in his own tongue. Water poured from his eyes and froze on his face. "Got," he said. "Got--" and abandoned her to dive back into the can, pawing amid the tangle of discarded breathing apparatus and trampled fruit, to stagger up again with a large packet in his grasp. He held it out to her, wobbling as she took it from his hands. "Goldtooth," he said, and something else that did not get past his chattering teeth. "He's going to freeze," said Chur, throwing one of the two coldsuits about his thinly clad, hairless shoulders.
C bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. " She broke the contact and flipped the documents looking for key clauses. " "Full release," Khym said. " She gathered up all the papers, spun the chair on its mechanism. " Haral asked. "You stay here. Tell Hilfy meet me at the lock. I gods-rotted don't need protection from the stsho and I want you at controls. " She flung herself out of the chair and headed for the door. Tully was inbound, in great haste. " he cried. " She brushed past, or tried. He caught her arm.
If he won't take it he'll have to wonder. If he does and finds nothing but trade goods -- kif have remarkably little sense of humor, where face is involved. _Sfik_. And gods know if he has one of his cronies pick it up he'll have to wonder whether he got all that was in it. Kif don't trust each other. " "But--" Khym said. "No time. " Haral sat down at com, stuck the receiver in her ear and punched out a blinking light. "Captain, that's Tully again. He's called up here a dozen times. Keeps asking something about a packet of papers.
Martian Knightlife by James P. Hogan