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Title: Next Door, Next World Author: Robert Donald Locke Illustrator: Douglas Release Date: August 6, 2008 [EBook #26205] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK NEXT DOOR, NEXT WORLD *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Dave Lovelace, Stephen Blundell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at NEXT DOOR, NEXT WORLD By ROBERT DONALD LOCKE _Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness.
Change can go any direction._ Illustrated by Douglas Hungrily, the cradled vessel’s great steel nose pointed up to the distant stars.
She was the _Cosmos XII_, newest and sleekest of the Space Service’s rapidly-expanding wing of interstellar scout ships, and she was now ready for operational work. Major Lance Cooper, a big man with space-tanned features, stood in the shadow of the control bunker and watched the swarm of ground crewmen working at last-minute speed atop the loading tower.
Inside him burned a hunger, too. Hunger, and another emotion--pride. Sun Apr 02 16:37:25 2017 2 The pride swelled Lance’s open-collared khaki shirt, as he envisioned himself at the ship’s controls within a few minutes.
Finally, after long years of study, sweat and dedication, he’d made it to the Big League.
No more jockeying those tubby old rocket-pots to Luna! From here on, he was going to see, taste, feel what the universe was like way, way out--in Deep Space.
The _Cosmos XII_, like her earlier sisters, was designed to plow through that shuddery nowhere the cookbooks identified as -hyperspace....

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