By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey

Acorna, the "unicorn girl" has made peace along with her Linyaari prior, and aboard the interplanetary salvage vessel Condor she is ultimately unfastened. yet dread overtakes her while a misery sign summons Acorna and her partners to a close-by planet. For one of the myraid wonders of this global of sentient vegetation and intoxicating perfumes are unmistakable symptoms that everythng Acorna holds pricey is in danger. A promise of world-shattering devastation is within the celestial winds-and forthcoming disaster on the claws of the cold-blooded insectile race that seeks to get rid of all Linyaari and human lifestyles from the galaxy...the Khleevi!

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With a haze seeming to dance between my eyes and the active life in the lobby before me, I realized that the Si-Fan—that unseen, sinister power—had reached out and plucked my friend from the very midst of this noisy life about me, into its own mysterious, deathly silence. CHAPTER VII CHINATOWN "IT'S no easy matter," said Inspector Weymouth, "to patrol the vicinity of John Ki's Joy-Shop without their getting wind of it. The entrance, as you'll see, is a long, narrow rat-hole of a street running at right angles to the Thames.

You stay here. "—indicating myself. " "All right. " Tossing the tray in the air she caught it, rested its edge upon her hip, turned, and walked away down the room, puffing her cigarette. " whispered Fletcher, "then it was nothing less than the hand of Providence that brought us here to-night. Yes! —but we must play our cards as they're dealt to us. " Out from the den of the opium-smokers came Zarmi, one hand resting upon her hip and the other uplifted, a smoldering yellow cigarette held between the first and second fingers.

The short black mustache which he wore was also factitious. " I cried.

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