By Poul Anderson
But accountability calls, so it really is again to the spaceways for the main stylish precise Agent is 100 superstar systems--straight into the well-laid plans of his lifelong enemy Aycharaych.
Win or lose, although, the lengthy evening of human civilization is coming and Flandry understands it. what number extra battles can he stand to win in a wasting reason? and the way many planets will die meanwhile?
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They had avoided all such during their holiday. Terra itself had not likely reminded them. The globe hung beautiful in starry darkness, revealed by a view-screen in the cabin where they sat. It was almost full, because they were accelerating with the sun behind them and were not yet close enough to start on an approach curve. At this remove it shone white-swirled blue, unutterably pure, near dewdrop Luna. Nothing was visible of the scars that man had made upon it. And the saloon was good to be in, bulkheads nacreous gray, benches padded in maroon velvyl, table of authentic teak whereon stood Scotch whisky and everything needed for the use thereof, warm and flawlessly recycled air through which gamboled a dance tune and drifted an odor of lilacs.
He'd only be distracted from the million things he's got to do. And anyhow ... something strange here.
As she accompanied the matron down the hall, waves of comfort passed through her, higher at each tide. It was like being drunk, no, not drunk, for she had her full senses and command of her body ... like having savored a few glasses with Mihail, after they had danced, and the violins playing yet ... like having Mihail here, alive again. Almost cheerfully, in the recording room she doffed her gray issue gown, went through the paces and said the phrases designed to show her off, as instructed. She barely heard the running commentary: "Kossara Vymezal [mispronounced, but a phonetic spell-out followed], human female, age twenty-five, virgin, athletic, health and intelligence excellent, education good though provincial.
A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Poul Anderson