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Sun Apr 02 16:37:27 2017 1 Project Gutenberg’s The Man Who Played to Lose, by Laurence Mark Janifer This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Man Who Played to Lose Author: Laurence Mark Janifer Illustrator: Douglas Release Date: October 15, 2009 [EBook #30259] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MAN WHO PLAYED TO LOSE *** Produced by Sankar Viswanathan, Greg Weeks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at Transcriber’s Note: This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction October 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S.
copyright on this publication was renewed. THE MAN WHO PLAYED TO LOSE By LARRY M.
HARRIS _Sometimes the very best thing you can do is to lose.
The cholera germ, for instance, asks nothing better than that it be swallowed alive...._ Illustrated by Douglas * * * * * When I came into the control room the Captain looked up from a set of charts at me.
He stood up and gave me a salute and I returned it, not Sun Apr 02 16:37:27 2017 2 making a ceremony out of it.
-Half an hour to landing, sir,- he said. That irritated me.
It always irritates me.
-I’m not an officer,- I said.
-I’m not even an enlisted man.- He nodded, too quickly.
-Yes, Mr.
Carboy,- he said.
-Sorry.- I sighed.
-If you want to salute,- I told him, -if it makes you _happier_ to salute, you go right ahead.
But don’t call me ’Sir.’ That would make me an officer, and I wouldn’t like being an officer.
I’ve met too many of them.- It didn’t make him angry.
He wasn’t anything except subservient and awed and anxious to please.
-Yes, Mr.
Carboy,- he said. I searched in my pockets for a cigarette and found a cup of them and stuck...

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