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Asteroid of Fear

Asteroid of Fear by Raymond Z. Gallun
By: (1911-1994)

John Endlich needed to clean up his act. Gambling, drinking, a hot temper and wanderlust were the last things Rose and the kids needed. So he went to the Homesteaders Office and signed up to terraform Vesta, a chunk of a once thriving alien planet that had exploded from within; a flat lump of crust which was now the remains of a farm on one side and a mining operation on the other. The miners hated Endlich and sabotaged his plans at every opportunity. They were going to kill him and his family if he didn’t find a way to stop them. - Asteroid of Fear was first published in the March, 1951 edition of Planet Stories magazine.

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ASTEROID of FEAR

By RAYMOND Z. GALLUN

[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from Planet Stories March 1951. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: All space was electrified as that harsh challenge rang out ... but John Endlich hesitated. For he saw beyond his own murder saw the horror and destruction his death would unleash and knew he dared not fight back! ]

The space ship landed briefly, and John Endlich lifted the huge Asteroids Homesteaders Office box, which contained everything from a prefabricated house to toothbrushes for his family, down from the hold port without help or visible effort.

In the tiny gravity of the asteroid, Vesta, doing this was no trouble at all. But beyond this point the situation was bitter.

His two kids, Bubs, seven, and Evelyn, nine clad in space suits that were slightly oversize to allow for the growth of young bodies were both bawling. He could hear them through his oxygen helmet radiophones... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 2, 2015
Subject: asteroid of fear
very well read....great story !
Reviewer: - June 2, 2014
Subject: ASTEROID of FEAR
Narrator sounds to much like Barry white and reads like Captain Kirk.


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