Donated by Stefan Werner
/ THE MAKESHIFT ROCKeT
Un-Man / The Makeshift
Rocket © 1953 / 1958
none, ACE Double F-139
The Makeshift Rocket:
Probably the best story in this publication involves
a set of identical twin brothers, bred to keep the world
in balance and to avoid it all going to hell. Naturally,
there are more than two brothers, rather hundreds of
Interesting is the development of privacy issues in
this society, where almost everybody is wearing a mask
to protect his or her privacy.
The story is interesting and moves at a good pace. Not
many big surprises, but the idea and the characters
MARGIN OF PROFIT:
It's a logical puzzle involving statistics. If your
trade route crosses "enemy territory and the other
side keeps abducting your crews, how can you stop them
from doing so without making a loss on the route?
THE LIVE COWARD:
Another puzzle, involving a fugitive on a planet with
14th century style society set up and food poisonous
to humans. Again. Seems like Anderson likes this sort
of set up.
THE MAKESHIFT ROCKET:
This was a tough one to read because I really don't
enjoy reading books where dialogue is written in dialect
or partially in a foreign language, especially if that
language happens to be German so I spot the mistakes.
Although the ACE editor and Anderson did a pretty good
job at getting things right.
This is basically a comedy with a Dane, a Martian and
a Crow escaping Irish forces in a beer-powered spaceship
... you see where this is going.
More information on ACE
Doubles at wikipedia.