By Donald Moffitt
The formidable Sultan of Alpha Centauri can basically declare the illustrious identify of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the complete inhabitants of the higher Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has no longer but been in a position to conquer the numerous demanding situations awarded through interplanetary commute. even though, the Sultan resourcefully enlists assistance from Abdul Hamid-Jones, a smart fugitive with a value on his head and the legislations on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering international of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty creation to advanced physics and the much more advanced political intrigues of the Sultan's courtroom. chargeable for the profitable execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the whole sun approach will be resting on his shoulders.
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He puts on his best clothes and plenty of perfume when he goes out to see her, and when he's in the kitchen having a cup of coffee and letting his hair down, he talks about making something of himself. " "Come to think of it, he had his beard all primped and rib-boned when he went out," Yaqub said. " Roxane said. She turned to Hamid-Jones. "You could do worse than to take a leaf from Aziz," she said with womanly certitude. " her husband said. " Hamid-Jones was left alone to breakfast in solitary splendor.
Nor had there been the time or opportunity to steal Awad's words from him, one phoneme at a time, and to reassemble them with the right synthesized timbre. Instead, the tiny computer and two-plate magnetron in the ruby ring had corrupted the door's own electronic brain, resetting it to accept the voice and living fingerprints of Hamid-Jones. Awad was going to have trouble getting into his own harem after this. He'd have to send for a locksmith. But if all went well, there would be no evidence of an intrusion; the lock's failure would be put down to product fatigue.
Then he drew a length of collaps-ible tubing into a hoop and made Hamid-Jones step through it. "Not a thing on him. The colonel must be losing his touch. " "He won't spill anything," Tawfiq said, showing Hamid-Jones his teeth. " A choked sound came from Aziz in the corner. "He won't say a word. I swear it. " The swarthy one, Musa, looked Hamid-Jones over as if he were deciding the best place to begin carving up a roast. "We're freedom fighters. " Christian terrorists! He might have guessed it from the un-covered heads.
A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt