A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt

By Donald Moffitt

The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can in simple terms declare the illustrious name 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 triumph over the numerous demanding situations awarded via interplanetary shuttle. 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 global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty creation to advanced physics and the much more advanced political intrigues of the Sultan's court docket. accountable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the complete sunlight approach should be resting on his shoulders.

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Rox-ane scolded him. To Hamid-Jones, she said: "Aziz is a good servant. Believe me, I see plenty of them here, skimping on their duties, not attending to their masters' interests. And any-way, if Aziz has been out a lot lately, it's not because he's off carousing all the time. I admit that when he first came here, I thought he was a little bit of a scamp. But he's changed his ways in the last month or so. He's really a different person. I think he's serious about someone. 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.

Is-sayida Roxane sighed. " Yaqub said. "I think he knows every back-room paradise in the district. " Rox-ane scolded him. To Hamid-Jones, she said: "Aziz is a good servant. Believe me, I see plenty of them here, skimping on their duties, not attending to their masters' interests. And any-way, if Aziz has been out a lot lately, it's not because he's off carousing all the time. I admit that when he first came here, I thought he was a little bit of a scamp. But he's changed his ways in the last month or so.

They wanted to know how successful the attack had been. But you brick-walled them. " "Good show, that, ya Abdul," Dris said. " The atmosphere was noticeably less threatening. Two of the terrorists had put away their guns, and Dris held his like a for-gotten object. "That's nice to know," Hamid-Jones gulped. Aziz, over in the corner, had stopped trembling. His face had taken on the familiar bland expression that concealed conniving. "The master's always been partial to Christians," he whined. " The gunmen ignored him.

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