By Alan Burt Akers
The realm Kregen circles the dual suns of Antares, a long way far away from the skies of Earth. but Kregen is the floor on which the Earthman Dray Prescot needs to stand and struggle for all he holds expensive. For Prescot is the unwilling conflict arm of the mysterious megastar Lords who contend for that planet with the strong Savanti. but Prescot's targets are his personal, for he has inherited the remnant of a shattered empire and needs to struggle to deliver desire and freedom to all its peoples. by way of his part stands his princess, Delia of the Blue Mountains, and a band of stalwart partners of many races and species. yet arrayed opposed to him are flying armadas, armed hordes, the wizardry of a brilliant scientist, and, such a lot stunning of all, the fury and metal claws of his personal daughter, Dayra!
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The smallest is 110,000 klicks wide; the largest, about 170,000. " The individual orbs looked a lot like black-and-white photographs of Jupiter, except that they didn't have neat latitudinal bands of cloud. Rather, the clouds--or whatever it was that formed the visible surface markings--seemed to swirl in simple convection cells from equator to pole, the kind of pattern one might expect if the spheres had next to no rotation. In the intervening space between the world-sized spheres was a diaphanous fog of gas or particles that formed a translucent haze; doubtless this fog had been responsible for most of the twinkling effect they'd observed.
The probe continued to descend. Rhombus's web flashed in consternation. "The pressure sensor must have been damaged--maybe an impact with a piece of gravel. " Jag lifted his upper shoulders. "All right. " The third hatch did not obscure the camera at all, although its opening probably shook the craft enough that had they been able to see anything the view would have jiggled a bit. "The internal-pressure gauge inside the sample compartment shows the same almost-zero pressure the external gauge is indicating," said Rhombus.
There were dozens of gray-and-black spheres, each one so dark that the illuminated side was hardly much brighter than the unilluminated one. "Each of the spheres is roughly the size of the planet Jupiter," said Thor, his head bent down, consulting a readout. "The smallest is 110,000 klicks wide; the largest, about 170,000. " The individual orbs looked a lot like black-and-white photographs of Jupiter, except that they didn't have neat latitudinal bands of cloud. Rather, the clouds--or whatever it was that formed the visible surface markings--seemed to swirl in simple convection cells from equator to pole, the kind of pattern one might expect if the spheres had next to no rotation.
A Life for Kregen (Dray Prescot, Book 19; Jikaida Cycle, Book 1) by Alan Burt Akers