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The Wandering Buoy single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1970... 1970 The Wandering Buoy
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'It shouldn't have been there. Nothing at all should have been there, save for the sparse drift of hydrogen atoms that did nothing at all to itigate the hard vacuum of interstellar space, and save for the Courier Adder, proceeding on her lawful occasions. It shouldn't have been there but it was, and Grimes and his officers were pleased rather than othwerwise that something had happened to break the monotony of the long voyage...' (Bertram Chandler)

What was there that shouldn't have been is a sphere... an emisary of the old ones that had probably malfuntioned eons ago while on its missionary voyage. When Grimes and his psionic officer Spooki Deane investigate their curiosity almost costs them their lives.

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Analog vol. 86 no. 1 September 1970 Z1871085 1970 periodical issue 1970 pg. 70-84
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Hard Way Up A. Bertram Chandler , New York (City) : Ace Books , 1972 Z1839007 1972 selected work short story science fiction
    — Appears in: Коммандер Граймс 2004;

    A short story collection comprising: 'With Good Intentions,' 'The Subtracter' (aka 'The Minus Effect'), 'The Tin Messiah' (aka 'The Soul Machine'), 'The Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Wandering Buoy,' 'The Mountain Movers' and 'What You Know.' The collection was first published in 1972 as one half of an Ace Doubles edition (with Robert Lory's The Veiled World).

    New York (City) : Ace Books , 1972
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