Wildeblood's Empire (Daedalus Mission, Book 3) by Brian Stableford

By Brian Stableford

They name them the "rat-catchers." They're the staff of the spaceship Daedalus, which a declining Earth has despatched to re-establish touch with its long-lost colonies. Biologist Alex Alexander, with his employees, needs to aid resolve the mysteries of human and alien ecosystems that they come upon faraway from home.

On the area known as Wildeblood, named for the ecologist/Emperor who based it, the settlers' descendants harbor a bad secret—a mystery that Alex needs to discover, if the colony is to outlive. yet he should also make touch with the world's other clever species, whatever that may take time—time that the colonists are made up our minds to not supply him. or even if can remedy the organic challenge, what in regards to the diplomatic one?

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It was still tiny then, not as tall as his knee. The leaves were odd: thin arrowheads of glossy black velvet, striped with silver. A single lovely flower had three wide skycolored petals and a bright yellow star at the center. He sat on the ground by it, breathing its strange sweetness, till his father came by with the hoe. ” he begged. ” his father grunted. ” Something made him reach to catch the hoe. ” His father grinned and let it stay. ” He called it his tree, and watched it grow. When it wilted in a week with no rain, he found a bucket and carried water from the well.

The red stereo AM/FM cassette-player, its chrome antenna extended at an acute angle for better reception. It is TV Sound brand, model LX-43. Its broken handle, mended with black electrical tape, is lashed into the structure with white poly-tie. Beside the three lighters, which are tucked partially beneath the player, in a row, are an unopened moist towelette and a red fine-point felt pen. To the left of the player is a square red plastic alarm clock, the white face cloth, and the Casio G-Shock.

He begged. ” his father grunted. ” Something made him reach to catch the hoe. ” His father grinned and let it stay. ” He called it his tree, and watched it grow. When it wilted in a week with no rain, he found a bucket and carried water from the well. It grew taller than he was, with a dozen of the great blue flowers and then a hundred. The odor of them filled the garden. Since there was no school, his mother tried to teach him at home. She found a red-backed reader for him, and a workbook with pages for him to fill out while she was away at work.

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