The only way for people to fly on the planet Kassidor is on a lighter than air motile plant who’s name we have translated as ‘floater’ or ‘balloon’. TongSu owns one of the largest such creatures and has used it to move cargo for nearly two centuries but loses her employment contract as this series begins.
Dorrick has been a paramilitary on Centorin for most of his 151 years, first in Navorkensville, and later working on Earth for the University of Kex supporting archaeological expeditions, first to the ruins of Ellay in western North America and then to the ruins of Talstan in central Asia. The Ellay expedition had been made difficult by hostile savages with primitive long rifles, the one in Talstan by ancient and malfunctioning weapons systems.
This the stories in this series are shorter and intended to be more entertaining and less intellectually challenging than ‘The Voyages of Gordon’s Lamp’ but that doesn’t mean the stories are without meaning, whether it be the treatment of women, addiction, mental illness, or mistakenly thinking Centorin cinema is all done with special effects.
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