In cooperation with Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, a story by Michael Shearer.
At a remote military outpost, soldiers relax by having drinks at the bar. Duty calls, and it’s back to the drudgery of peace time garrison life. A security risk shows up to threaten 500 years of peace, and the troops look at pulling out.
The new planet is less than inviting for the lazy, liquor starved troops. The evacuees set out to make the frozen planet livable as they carve a place out of the wilderness.
After all these years of a shrinking military, and less than stellar performance, or demand for it, the slack soldier boys now have to whip themselves into enough shape to deal with real security issues. An alien life form seems to be infiltrating their camp and sabotaging their ranks. How do they do it? How can they be stopped?
Nightfall seems to be the time when the enemy is most active, and the sluggish soldiers prepare for a fight. Military skills are about to be tested, and the enemy is identified. Robots. But are they robots disguised as native wildlife? Lizards, bats, monkeys, and the like? The robot-monkey combos find the human soldiers are more resilient in the fight than expected.
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A story by Philip K Dick.
Planet Blue is the 4th in its solar system, and will soon be the target of a new colony. Astronauts discuss hazards of similar attempts at other colonies, and atmosphere problems that could turn the mission into disaster. Other concerns involve the presence of life forms that could be dangerous. Drones do the ground work to survey and report.
Delays in getting the expedition started begin to generate stress, but without any sign of hazardous life forms, what’s the problem in setting out? In finalizing his studies on the biology of Planet Blue, Major Hall suddenly faces a life threatening situation. Will the disturbance and instability merit further delays?
Inanimate objects around the lab, and living quarters begin becoming violent. Major Hall’s reports of such things may only get him a visit to the psycho ward, but as the incidents spread, alarms sound.
How can you battle simple, objects that are normally harmless, but seem to move around, or even multiply? Casualty reports explode. Is there any hope of extracting the colony members without also extracting some of the shape shifting life forms? With the extraction site sterilized by poison gas, and scientists stripped naked, it should be safe for the research team… right?
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