By Gregory Benford
A vintage novel of man's destiny and destiny, written through the eminent American physicist and award-winning writer of "Timescape."
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Sir, this is Captain Roger Merriman of the Herakles. ” Valerian didn’t yelp, not quite, but his voice rose in pitch. ” Arcturus sounded triumphant. “See there, Son? ” “No, Emperor Arcturus. We pledged our service to Prince Valerian, sir, and our lives. We know you planted tracking devices on his ship, and that’s how you’ve been able to follow our jumps. ” “No,” cried Valerian, reasoning it out apparently at the same instant that Annabelle did. Her eyes widened in horror. “I forbid it. Fire on the White Star!
And what I don’t believe in . . ” He stabbed a finger down, and the image disappeared. A light began to flash almost immediately, indicating that Arcturus wanted to have the last word, but Valerian was done. Behind him, the White Star, having shaken itself mostly free of the zerg, moved slowly around to fire on one of the ships trailing the Bucephalus. It landed a perfect hit on the Patroclus, and more red-orange death sprang up. Two battlecruisers, then. Two of the twenty-five that had accompanied Valerian would be able to make the jump with him.
I wanted to thank you. Both of you. Things lie ahead and—well, no one knows the hour of his passing. It’s more important than ever that we stay united. ” He smiled, the neatly trimmed black-and-white beard parting to reveal white teeth. ” Jim had thought he was a jaded cynic. But at Mengsk’s words, he actually blushed. Not that Kerrigan would have any problem knowing what he was thinking without his telltale reddening. Sarah, too, looked away for a moment, and then, evenly, regarded Jim. “I think we each misjudged the other,” she said.