Saturday, October 19, 2013

Malcolm Jameson's "Brimstone Bill" (novelette, humor, free): Crooks are useful too!

Illustration by Orban accompanying the original publication in Astounding magazine of short story Brimstone Bill by Malcolm Jameson. Image shows the false preacher preaching his congregation.A part of the story deals with sound engineering - how high frequency, inaudible, sounds affect us. I've no idea if there is any truth in that part.

Story summary.

A corrupt politician in high office collects protection money from a little world called Juno in asteroid belt. He maneuvers a spaceship returning home, with a lot of unspent sailors' salary, to land here for hull cleaning, a process that will ground the ship for a month, giving town ample time to clean the purses of the crew.

But ship captain has a weapon up his sleeve...

Fact sheet.

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