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By Dave Duncan

ISBN-10: 1894063902

ISBN-13: 9781894063906

“As lengthy as there's funds to be made, there'll be Wildcatters” — Dave Duncan  

Throughout human historical past wildcatters, the 1st nice explorers and prospectors to put declare to newly came upon lands, have marched to the beat of a special drummer — inspired by way of a deep craving to be the 1st to stroll on uncharted land and make the most of treasures but to be discovered. In the longer term, wildcatters in house will go back and forth to exoplanets, positioned within the giant not anything, to go looking for brand spanking new chemical substances which, whilst remodeled into prescribed drugs, may perhaps convey untold wealth and repute to the members and firms that stake their declare for specific exploitation rights. Such is the hunt of the team of the autonomous starship Golden Hind, whose venture is to shuttle a yr and a part to “Cacafuego”, beat the bigger businesses to the exoplanets’ assets, and strike it wealthy for themselves. But will a yellow caution flag, already planted above the planet, cease them? Or will the Golden Hind’s prospector foray to the planet’s floor, in all probability by no means to come back alive? Wildcatter is a raucous story of puzzle, greed and keenness, instructed via grasp tale teller Dave Duncan, as soon as himself a true wildcatter!

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Die Menge lachte anerkennend, die Zeitungsleute drückten erfreut auf die Knöpfe ihrer Sub-Etha-Report-Matics, und der Präsident grinste. Während er grinste, schrie sein Herz verzweifelt auf, und er befühlte die kleine Paralyso-Matic-Bombe, die friedlich in seiner Tasche ruhte. Schließlich hielt er es nicht mehr aus. Er erhob seine Köpfe zum Himmel, stieß ein wildes Kriegsgeheul aus Dur-Dreiklängen aus, warf die Bombe auf den Boden und rannte los - durch die Flut, plötzlich eingefrorenen, strahlenden Lächelns.

Seine Aufgabe besteht nicht darin, Macht auszuüben, sondern die Aufmerksamkeit von ihr abzulenken. In dieser Hinsicht ist Zaphod Beeblebrox einer der erfolgreichsten Präsidenten, die die Galaxis je hatte - zwei seiner zehn Präsidentenjahre verbrachte er bereits wegen Unterschlagung hinter Gittern. Ganz ganz wenige Leute wissen, daß der Präsident und die Regierung eigentlich gar keine Macht haben, und von diesen wenigen wissen nur sechs, von wem die allerhöchste politische Macht ausgeht. Fast alle andern glauben im stillen, die letzten Entscheidungsbefugnisse habe ein Computer inne.

Während er sein Boot über die Meere von Damogran schipperte, lächelte er still in sich hinein bei der Vorstellung, was für ein fabelhaft aufregender Tag das werden würde. Er machte sich's bequem und ließ seine beiden Arme lässig auf der Rücklehne ruhen. Steuern tat er mit einem Extra-Arm, den er sich erst vor kurzem gleich unter seinem rechten Arm hatte anbringen lassen, weil er sich damit im Ski-Boxen zu verbessern hoffte. « Aber seine Nerven sangen ein Lied, schriller als eine Hundepfeife. Die Insel namens Frankreich war ungefähr zwanzig Meilen lang, in der Mitte fünf Meilen breit, sandig und wie ein Halbmond geformt.

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