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By Jr. Keith William H.

Peace, it really is magnificent! other than whilst the Peace circulation is basically a subterfuge by way of the warlike and imperialistic Kril to strength the Terrans to desert the planet, leaving it defenceless and ripe for conquest. The Terran diplomats have their ordinary basic matters; protecting their, ah, flank and never doing whatever that would threaten their careers, which means they are not approximately to do something, interval. once more, it is as much as Retief to thwart the would-be conquerors, no matter if the unthinkable occurs, and he is drummed out of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestriennel. And Retief hasn't ever been extra harmful to the villains than whilst he is working open air the foundations of international relations.

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Retief was just saying . . or, rather, I was, that . " "Come, come, man! Enough with the excuses. " "I was . . er . . " The Ambassador's face rearranged itself in analmost puttylike way into a stern 623-Q (Greatness Sorely Tried), slipped down two numbers to a 621-J (Restrained Impatience), edged up a few degrees to a 621-W (SeverelyRestrained Impatience), fluttereda bit between a 602-A and a 927-S (Indignation and Viewing With Alarm, Second Degree), thenwrithed into a goggle-eyed 1231 (Astonishment at a Gaffe of Unprecedented Proportions) before settling with a masterful blending of rapidly escalating expressions into a cold-eyed 999-K (Don't Make MeWarn You Again) lightly seasoned with a delicately executed 1195-B (I Do Hope You've Learned YourLesson).

Dinewiner said, looking Confused (32-F). "Let's just get this meeting over with so I can go apologize to her. " "I'm afraid your love life will have to wait, Hy," Crapwell told him. "If we survive this night with therevolutionaries storming our barricades, metaphorically speaking—" "I thought we weren't allowed to use metaphors," Dinewiner said, extending his 32-F to a 32-J. " . . if, indeed," Crapwell continued, ignoring the comment, "the embassy still stands in the morning,perhaps then . " Felix wailed.

Maladu is a good eighty lights away. " "Uh . . college students? " "All right, all right," the girl said. She was wedged into the crowd so tightly she could hardly move, butshe managed to pull one arm up higher . . higher . . "Ow! " She finally reached her chest and plucked a card from her tightly filled sports bra. With much wiggling and shifting, she managed to extend her arm past Bruce's chin and hand the card to Retief. "Aroused Citizenry for Halting Expansionism," he read. "Okay. That makes sense, I suppose.

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