Trigger and Friends


Con games Corrupt governors. Deadly rivalries between departments of the same government. And, of course, the long arm of the Mob. Even in our future among the stars, some things never change-except that the governors run (and ruin) planets, the rivalries are fought with spacecraft and energy bolts, and the mobsters smuggle real illegal aliens and make their getaways with subspace portals. It's all just another day in that bastion of galactic peace and democracy, the Federation of the Hub

-and somebody has to clean up this mess!

Join secret agent Trigger Argee, scout adventurer Heslet Quillan and Holati Tate, master of intrigue, as they battle the criminal element on its own interstellar turf ... and make the future a little safer for the rest of us.

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"Wonderfully fresh." -The Horn Book

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"Harvest Time" was originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in September 1958. 
"Lion Loose" was originally published in Analog in October 1961. 
"Aura of Immortality" was originally published in IF in June 1974. 
"Forget It" is an adaptation by Guy Gordon of a story originally published under the title 
"Planet of Forgetting" in the February 1965 issue of Galaxy. Legacy was first published in 1962 by Torquil Books, under the title A Tale of Two Clocks. It was re-issued in 1979 by Ace Books under the title Legacy. 
"Sour Note on Palayata" was originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in November, 1956.

Afterword, (c) 2000 by Eric Flint; 
"The Psychology Service: Immune System of the Hub," (c) 2000 by Guy Gordon.


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