By Eric Frank Russell
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1957
The warfare has raged for almost a 12 months and Earth desperately wishes an side to beat the Sirian Empire's large virtue in body of workers and kit. That's the place James Mowry is available in. Intensively expert, his visual appeal surgically altered, Mowry secretly lands on one of many Empire's planets.
His venture: to sap morale, reason mayhem, tie up assets, and salary a one-man struggle on a planet of eighty million--in brief, to be just like the wasp humming round a motor vehicle to distract the driver...and inflicting him to crash. "I'd have given something to have written Wasp."--Terry Pratchett.
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From above us. I grabbed a torch and a bag of field dressings from the footwell of the wagon and ran back into the house. The dust was just settling. I flicked the beam round the room. The royal sisters, and what looked like four of the soldiers, lay motionless on the floor, their shattered limbs at crazy angles. The walls were splattered with blood. Margaret had a neat hole in her chest where the shaped charge from one of the grenades had punched its way through her, on its way to fucking up everyone else.
I liked ordering high commissioners about. The next thing I heard was Frankenstein getting bollocked by the general as they came out into the courtyard together. The Zaïrean’s sweat-soaked face glinted in the moonlight. Frankenstein took the phone from me and shoved a finger into his spare ear. ‘It’s Gary. ’ He listened for several seconds, his jaw clenched with frustration, then piled on the sarcasm. ‘Yes, he may be, in your fucking head. But out here I do front-of-house and he polishes things up in the kitchen.
I pushed in the safety bar that ran through the pistol grip from right to left before punching down on the top cover to make sure. The clunks and clicks of two RPGs being loaded came from just behind me, but the guys held their fire. To get in a decent shot, the vehicles needed to be within spitting distance at night. The launchers only had iron sights. Yet more sets of lights appeared and peeled off to the right. The fuckers were going to try to surround us. Still we waited for Sam’s order. The headlights closed to 300 metres and I could hear faint shouts and hoots.
WASP by Eric Frank Russell