A Note about the Glossary etc.
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Bart Landers wiped away a thin film of scatter-
Having walked some ninety metres, almost knee-
After a brief respite, Landers turned round and looked back over the two golden-
‘Everything all right, Max?’ Landers spoke quickly, still short of breath.
Landers could just make out the vague shape of the robot staring at the controls of the spinner although the electrical motion of the shield, vibrating and distorting the image, hurt his eyes.
‘Keep a sharp eye out, Max,’ he said, with seriousness in his voice.
The Mechanical Android (series-
The spinner gleamed in the sun, hovering some two metres above the top of a flat hill of firm sand and rock. Apart from the occasional whooshing crackle of the shield and gentle hum of the motors no other sound could be heard. Behind the spinner the deep eggshell blue of a tropic sky remained unbroken by cloud.
Slowly, Landers turned around carefully scanning the vast panorama of sand and dunes that stretched away to the horizon. The yellow desert plain, bordered by brown and blue shadow, was scorching in the twisting heat haze of the midday sun, arid and forlorn. Landers viewed it with a heightened sense of fear and awe. At one point in the distance a giant salter lay rotting on its side. The great hulk was streaked with brown and orange, its corroded superstructure hardly recognisable for the magnificent ship that it undoubtedly once was. A gaping metal hull, twisted with age, the only visible clue that the entire landscape as far as the eye could see was once a submerged marine world of enormous proportion. It seemed unbelievable that according to historic records, perhaps thousands of metres above his head, ancient water-
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Earth has become remote, inhospitable and largely deserted due to its heavily polluted, toxic atmosphere and severe geological disturbances. The majority of the population, out of necessity, are forced to relocate. As light-
This book can be read as it is but to enjoy it further, and to the full, a short description of terms used in the text is listed at the back of the book along with the various domains and ruling peoples. A general map of space is also included (frontispiece) and it is recommended to look at these sections before commencing.
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