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Sun Apr 02 16:37:23 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Join Our Gang?, by Sterling E.
Lanier This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Join Our Gang? Author: Sterling E.
Lanier Illustrator: Douglas Release Date: September 14, 2009 [EBook #29987] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK JOIN OUR GANG? *** Produced by Greg Weeks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net Transcriber’s Note: This e-text was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction, May, 1961.
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copyright on this publication was renewed. JOIN OUR GANG? By STERLING E.
LANIER _They didn’t exactly hold a gun at anybody’s head; all they offered was help.
Of course, they did sort of encourage people to ask for help...._ Illustrated by Douglas Commander William Powers, subleader of Survey Group Sirian Combine--1027798 and hence first officer of its ship, the _Benefactor_, stared coldly out of his cabin port.
The _Benefactor_ was resting on the bedrock of Island Twenty-seven of the world called Mureess by its natives.
Like all the other such names, it meant -the world,- just as the natives’ name for themselves, Falsethsa, meant -the people,- or -us,- or -the only race.- To Commander Powers, fifty years old, with eleven of them Sun Apr 02 16:37:23 2017 2 in Survey work, the world was Planet Two of a star called something unpronounceable in the nebula of something else equally pointless.
He had not bothered to learn the native name of Island Twenty-seven, because his ship had mapped one thousand three hundred and eighty-six islands, all small, and either rocky or swampy or both.
Island Twenty-seven, to him, had only one importance, and that was...





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