By Donald Moffitt
The formidable Sultan of Alpha Centauri can simply 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 full inhabitants of the higher Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been in a position to conquer the numerous demanding situations offered by means of interplanetary trip. in spite of the fact that, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a smart fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislations on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to complicated physics and the much more complicated political intrigues of the Sultan's court docket. answerable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the full sunlight method might be resting on his shoulders.
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After a moment the swaying surface became a solid wall again. The random squares of light resolved themselves into glass terrace doors. The one he wanted was dark, as he had been told it would be. He looked out across the Triangular City. From up here, it was a thin slice of greenery and jumbled rooftops carved out of the Sultan's sprawling metropolis. He was closer to the narrow end, where favored officials like Izzat Awad lived in these luxury ant-heaps, so that perspective was skewed—the triangle as it widened with distance became almost a narrow oblong, until the eye took in the scale of the gold and orange domes at the far corners and the Sultan's private park centered between them like a postage stamp.
There had been no need for him to have sneaked around behind the Clonemaster's back to woo Lalla. He need only have waited! "That's why we're going to trust you now, ya Abdul," Dris said, fingering his gun again. " "We're collecting our dues," Tawfiq added. "I don't see how I can help," Hamid-Jones protested, his head swimming with the new knowledge. "Mars is over four light-years away. For all we know, the substitute Emir may al-ready have been overthrown—may have been overthrown all of four years ago.
Mosque school, eh? " "Oh yes, master, very devout. You mustn't be misled by the freer customs here on Alpha Centauri. A woman may be vir-tuous and still enjoy the company of men. And she need not wear the veil among friends. " "Well, true love or not, you have a new job, starting today. I want you to keep an eye on little Meryem. " "You know? " "She's like a fish in water in these streets of the Quarter. She knows them in and out. She can stay out of trouble on her own hook. Do you know, even I almost didn't spot her shadowing me the other day?
A Gathering of Stars (Book Two of the Mechanical Sky) by Donald Moffitt