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Chapter 302 of Book 3 is in the queue

October 24, 2014
Posted at 2:54 pm
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:35 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

The Prison Planet

Morales was studying about the animals on 2214-XR. There was an animal that looked something like a cross between a buffalo and a Texas Longhorn like the one he had once seen on TV. If the dimensions in the book were correct, the bull's back would be almost a foot over the top of his head, and the spread of its horns was at least six feet. Further discouraging him, the article said the animals were more intelligent than Earth bovines, and when danger threatened, the bulls formed a circle around the females who in turn surrounded their young. Even the females were impressive, standing only a foot or so shorter than the males, with horns that seemed to be almost as wide and dangerous looking as the males. He wondered if any animal could survive an attack on the herd, but then remembered the bear thing and tiger thing.

How in the hell am I supposed to survive here? I thought they said they were giving me a life sentence. They didn't say anything about suicide, and it seems like walking out on one of those plains with a herd of those animals shown in the picture would be just that - suicide.

Further depressing him, something screamed in the distance. I hope to hell it isn't one of those tiger things, he thought. Oh, fuck the "things" bit; I'm just going to call them tigers and bears. They make what we had on Earth seem like miniature wannabees, anyway. "But why does everything have to be so big here?" he asked aloud. The thing, whatever it was, screamed again, seemingly in answer to his question.

Anxious, he got up to put several more chunks of wood on his entrance fire...

Have a goodun;