Thursday, October 31, 2013

David V Reed's "Penance Cruise" (novella, adventure, humor, free)

One of the illustrations by Orban accompanying the original publication in Astounding magazine of novella Penance Cruise by David V Reed. Image shows the Exotica general with the two heroes in control room of their spaceship.Two young soldiers, off duty & drunk in an alien land, misbehave with local high officials. Resulting court martial hands them a sentence to go on a mission under a witless local official - a mission to catch a dangerous brigand. This is the funny story of their adventure to catch the brigand.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, July 1942.
Download full text as part of the scans of the magazine it originally appeared in.
Rating: B.
Among the stories from Analog/Astounding issues edited by John Campbell.