By Andre Alice Norton
Andre Alice Norton used to be a twentieth century American technological know-how fiction author. She additionally wrote historic fiction and modern fiction. Andre Norton used to be her pseudonym. She used to be the 1st lady to obtain the Gandalf Grand grasp Award from the area technological know-how Fiction Society in 1977. Norton was once provided the coveted Damon Knight Memorial Grand grasp Award from the SFWA in 1983. "Star Hunter" tells the tale of a guy who thinks with another's mind as he's pursued in a perilous video game of disguise and search. This experience tale captures the reader's realization from the first actual sentences. "Nahuatl's higher moon pursued the smaller, greenish globe of its better half throughout a cloudless sky during which the celebrities made a speckled trend just like the scales of a big serpent coiled round a black bowl. Ras Hume paused on the border of scented spike-flowers at the most sensible terrace of the excitement residence to ask yourself why he considered serpents. He understood. Mankind's age-old hatred, introduced from his local planet to the far away stars, was once evil symbolized via a coil in a twisted, belly-path around the floor. And on Nahuatl, in addition to a dozen different worlds, Wass was once the serpent."
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Rynch snapped. He was hungry, but not hungry enough to abandon the islet. Hume laughed shortly. "I don't know. " "Look here," Rynch rounded on him. " "Then you must have combed it pretty thoroughly. " He gestured to their pursuers. "That is what I would like to ask a few assorted experts right about now," Hume returned. " Rynch chewed that over, came up with the obvious explanation. "All right--so then maybe our blue-backed friends are imported. " Hume looked thoughtful. " He did not enlarge upon his negative.
Vye noted a telltale tightening of shoulder muscles. It was going to rush for him now with those clawed forepaws out to rip. To wait was to court disaster. Vye shouted, his battle cry piercing the silence of the lake and wood. He sprang, aiming the spear point at the beast's protuberant belly, and then swerved to the side as the knife bit home, raking his weapon to open a gaping wound. The spear was jerked from Vye's hold as both those taloned paws closed on it. Then the creature pulled it free, snapped the haft in two.
No--but one doesn't overlook the factor of sheer luck. " He tilted his chin to study the sky. "We'll take watches and rest in turn. No use trying anything until it is dark--unless they start to move in. " As Rynch nodded, Hume edged back into a crevice as a shelled creature withdrawing to natural protection, going to sleep as easily as if he could control that state by will. Rynch, watching him curiously for a second or two before climbing up to a position from which he judged he could see all sides of their refuge, determined not to be surprised.