Harry Harrison

The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell

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    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Surrounded by the unnildecnovum, entropy is reversed. Instead of getting older, tireder, senescent-I grow younger, energeticer, youthfuler. And the more unnildeenovum I add to the sphere the faster reverse entropy moves. So you see what I am offering you? Eternity. Join me and live forever! One of these entropy shells could be yours.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Warily, spread out with our weapons ready, we walked down the valley. It was peaceful and serene and undoubtedly very dangerous.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    How I wish I could kill you, diGriz. That was my primary mistake. If I had killed you the first time I saw you none of this would have happened.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    I didn’t really care about the bomb; I just wanted to be as far away from the lure of eternity as I could get.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    I panicked, didn’t I?”
    “It can happen to anyone.”
    “It didn’t happen to you. You got me into the cage and into the pit-and got yourself into it as well.”
    “Let’s say that I have had more experience at this kind of thing-so don’t let it bother you. Most important is what do we do next?”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    That’s the right word for it. When all the possibilities have been tried-then it is tune to look to the impossible.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Learn fast, live. No learn, die.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    First I used hypnotic gas to make you amenable, then it was only a matter of simple suggestion to control a simple mind. You were happy to turn over your boots to me. Along with your life, you must realize. I am the master of science, of life and death; time and entropy!”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    You will also remember that when you saved the Special Corps from time attack you met those time travelers from the future, who gave you a machine. It froze everyone around you with a time stasis. Once I knew it could be done the rest was easy.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    The trouble with you men is that all the testosterone and other hormones you have whizzing around your systems tend to make your actions very predictable. So try to be a little more devious, just this once. These men you are looking for, Slakey and Company, are just as masculine as the rest of you and will be expecting you to do what you are planning to be doing.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Also obvious,” the professor pontificated, always happy with an expectant audience. “They were normal people-not supernormal Special Corps agents. The force of your personalities and your mental strength enabled you to force your memories upon the fabric of that universe, to bend it to your will. Where normal people might run in fear you turn and growl savagely and rend your enemies.” –
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Get me one and I’ll build you an intergalactic wormhole subway.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    The first thing that we had done after checking into this hotel, with false identities, was to list everything we knew, had seen, had experienced. None of it seemed to make sense-yet we knew that it must. We forwarded all of this material to the Special Corps where, hopefully, wiser heads than ours might make sense of it.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Like you see what you expect to see. Let us say this planet or whatever it is was a place that was just a possibility of a place-until Slakey arrived. Then it became the place he was expecting to find. Maybe the red sun got him thinking about Hell. And the more he thought the more Hellish it became. Makes good sense.”
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    She was angry now-which was much better than being frightened or depressed.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    cut off this train of thought. Feeling sorry would not help-only action could get her back.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    They kept accurate records and reported regularly on their financial position, though of course like all religions they pay no taxes.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    On Lussuoso they were all young, handsome and rich. Or rather rich first-therefore young and handsome.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    They used to say that money couldn’t buy everything, but this cliche had long been extinct.
    Arthur Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Women speak with many levels of meaning.
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