The Incomplete Theft

  • Chapter 1

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    Torlyn Khy smiled grimly to himself as he thought of the approaching completion of the new Earth spaceship.

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  • Thus far, his disguise had completely fooled the Earthmen; they didn't even begin to suspect that a Valdorian spy was among the engineers who were building the Skyjumper.

  • High above the spacefield it loomed, a great sphere of metal that housed the new teleportation drive.

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    Torlyn Khy looked up at its impressive bulk.

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  • Unlike the common type of spaceship, which had a top speed of ten thousand lights, the new drive could take the ship from Earth to any point in the galaxy in a fraction of a microsecond.

  • If it were successful, Earth would win the war against Valdor in a matter of months.

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    And if not... John Mitchell, the Chief Engineer of Sahara Spaceport, said:

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    John Mitchell, Chief Engineer

    β€œShe's a beauty, isn't she, Pete?”

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    Torlyn Khy, in his disguise as Earthman β€œPeter Blane,” smiled and said,

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    Torlyn Khy (as Peter Blane)

    β€œYes.

  • She's a real beauty.

  • When will she be finished?”

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    John Mitchell, Chief Engineer

    β€œThis afternoon,”

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    Mitchell said.

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    John Mitchell, Chief Engineer

    β€œThe boys are tightening the last bolts and putting in the final wiring now.

  • The job's just about over, Pete.”

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    Torlyn Khy

    "Good!"

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    thought Torlyn.

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    Torlyn Khy

    "I'll be able to take it tonight."