“And, lo, on the island of banishment, the planet of violent death, you shall struggle, sweat upon the surface dirt, feeding upon one another like beasts of prey. Honor will come only with the joining of hands, with the higher purpose of mercy for your enemy; so go forth on a mission of mercy and face death with honor, for there lies total salvation.”
—From the Voices of the Torshi
I saw the girl immediately upon cresting the low hill. The tall purple grass swayed against the soft breeze of the Torshi plains, whipping the trembling legs of my mount. The talio I’d been riding was exhausted from the long, unbroken days of riding. It was the fastest stallion in my father’s stables. High—pitched scream of hopeless terror brought on my instant burst of speed as I had directed the mount up the grassy hill. Even in enemy territory a man of Hamton will honor a female’s cry for help.
There was no time to consider the mission, the Spacers or my people—who now shifted to second moon. The scene before me was of horrid beauty: a startling and vivid statement of hopeless bravery.
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About the Author
"We came south to Los Angeles at the beginning of WW II, around 1942, where dad worked for Pacific Title, which did title credits and special effects for major motion picture companies. As a teenager I became an ERB fan and then flew hungrily into the world of science fiction. I convinced my father to try his hand at doing sci-fi covers; and soon he was being published by Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories & Fantastic Stories; later he did covers for a number of local pocket book publishers. All my life I wanted to become a professional writer and around 1960, with the help of Forrest J Ackerman, I started selling professionally. In some cases Dad's work appeared on my own novels! This kind of double sale worked greatly to our advantage over the following years.
"I was lucky enough not only in selling my stories to publishers but also ending up packaging books for some of them, and finally becoming a 'publisher' much like those who had bought my first novels. From there it was a simple leap to editing not only a sci-fi anthology, but a line of sci-fi books for Powell Publications. Throughout these active professional years I had the chance to design some covers and do graphic cover layouts for pocket books & magazines such as Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine and Zane Grey."
Mr. Nuetzel now lives in Thousand Oaks, CA, with his German born wife Brigitte. There are a number of interviews with him on his webpage at his http://haldolen.com/Haldolen_Universe.htm.