By James White
184pp. The medics have been in worse hazard than the sufferers they have been attempting so not easy to save...Keywords: technology Fiction
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Dodds. I think I’ve found something, sir. Just coming into sunlight now. ” The repeater screen showed a small area of the derelict’s ravaged outer hull. There was a black, jagged-edged opening leading into the depths of the ship, and beside it a section of buckled plating on which there was a large, brownish yellow smear. “It looks like grease, sir,” said Dodds. ” Fletcher ignored Dodds’ reply-it had been a rhetorical question anyway. ‘Chen, we shall be closing with the derelict to one hundred meters.
Derelict is close . . extra suit tanks . . my specialty . . ship Tenelphi in collision with . . crew incapable of any . . pressure dropping . . The voice went on for several minutes, but the words were lost in a prolonged burst of static. Shortly afterwards the tape ended. There were a few minutes of beautiful silence, during which Naydrad’s fur settled down and Prilicla flew up to the ceiling. “It seems to me that the gist of this message,” Conway said thoughtfully, “is that the sender was unsure that the signal was being transmitted, possibly because he was not the communications officer and knew nothing about the equipment he was using, or maybe because he thought the subspace radio antenna had been damaged in the collision, which had, apparently, knocked out the rest of the crew.
It is possible to send messages by short and long bursts of static. It is a very old method of signaling still used in certain emergency situations. ” “No,” said Conway.