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The Crystal Crypt & Beyond the Door

The Crystal Crypt & Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick
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Two early science fiction stories by the wonderful craftsman, Philip K. Dick. In the Crystal Crypt, taken from the 1954 Planet Stories, the war between Mars and Terra is about to erupt and earth has only merchants and salesmen to fight; can they carry out their mission? Beyond the Door is a story that asks and answers the question: what lives beyond the door? And is it dangerous?

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THE CRYSTAL CRYPT

By PHILIP K. DICK

Stark terror ruled the Inner Flight ship on that last Mars Terra run. For the black clad Leiters were on the prowl ... and the grim red planet was not far behind.

"Attention, Inner Flight ship! Attention! You are ordered to land at the Control Station on Deimos for inspection. Attention! You are to land at once!"

The metallic rasp of the speaker echoed through the corridors of the great ship. The passengers glanced at each other uneasily, murmuring and peering out the port windows at the small speck below, the dot of rock that was the Martian checkpoint, Deimos.

"What's up?" an anxious passenger asked one of the pilots, hurrying through the ship to check the escape lock.

"We have to land. Keep seated." The pilot went on.

"Land? But why?" They all looked at each other. Hovering above the bulging Inner Flight ship were three slender Martian pursuit craft, poised and alert for any emergency. As the Inner Flight ship prepared to land the pursuit ships dropped lower, carefully maintaining themselves a short distance away... Continue reading book >>


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