Monday, March 14, 2011

Gordon Randall Garrett's "Thin Edge" (novelette, murder mystery, free)

One of the illustrations, by John Schoenherr, accompanying the original publication in Analog magazine of short story Thin Edge by Gordon Randall Garrett
Two interdependent political entities that are also constantly in minor conflict:
  1. Earth, a welfare state, &
  2. "Belt Cities", peopled by hardy human pioneers in asteroid belt.
Belt Cities have a manufacturing process to make very tough cables - cables that can be used to tug good sized asteroids over some distances! A corporation on earth, in collusion with local government, wants the secret. So when a commercial representative from Belt Cities visits earth, he's tortured & killed when trying to extract the secret of cable.

This story is of unraveling the murder mystery by a Belt Cities investigator, who'll make sure the culprits pay for the crime.

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, December 1963.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks.
Rating: A.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Randall Garrett.


Krishnan said...

Glad to see you back Tinkoo.

Tinkoo said...

Thank you, Krishnan.