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By Donald Moffitt

The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can in simple terms declare the illustrious identify of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the whole inhabitants of the higher Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has no longer but been in a position to triumph over the numerous demanding situations awarded by means of interplanetary trip. even if, the Sultan resourcefully enlists assistance from Abdul Hamid-Jones, a shrewdpermanent fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislation on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering international of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty creation to advanced physics and the much more complicated political intrigues of the Sultan's court docket. chargeable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the whole sun procedure will be resting on his shoulders.

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He gestured toward the central well that rose through the mile-wide acreage of the observation deck. It was a thousand feet across and surrounded by a chest-high railing. It was there to allow for expansion as the Saladin changed shape, and it was the core of the ship. From the lounge chairs drawn up to face it, one could look down into a chasm that at present was a half-mile deep, or up to see the destination stars of Centaurus. Most of the ship's passengers were seated a halfmile away to watch the retreat of Mars through the ports that girdled the ship, but the more romantically inclined had taken their positions here, to dream and to speculate.

The cabin turned out to be more like a stateroom, with its own tiled bath and a curtained sleeping alcove. There was plenty of room aboard a starship, the economics of interstellar travel being what they were. The prayer nook contained a circular rug that perfectly illustrated the nature of star travel with its contin-uous boost. Instead of a pointed mihrab to align the worshipper properly, the prayer niche was round, with a circular target for the forehead. Mecca would always be directly below during the first half of the journey, directly above for the second half.

If you look close you can see the safety threads rising from the railing. They're very fine, but you'd have to be really determined to squeeze through them. " "I suppose one couldn't really get hurt, even if one did fall through," the old man said, pulling at his snow-white beard. " "Oh, don't make that mistake," Hamid-Jones warned. " "I've been thinking about where I could have met you. " A finger of ice ran down Hamid-Jones's spine. " "Perhaps I'm mistaken. I've catered hunting parties there.

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