Slaughterhouse World / Knack' Attack (Wildside Double #7)

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Wildside Press LLC, 2010 - Fiction - 260 pages
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In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles," two-in-one books (flip one over to read the second title), here is the seventh Wildside Double. SLAUGHTERHOUSE WORLD: A Tale of the Human-Knacker War, by Ardath Mayhar The Knackers looked like a cross between a spider and a crab, except bigger--much bigger, and meaner--much meaner--and they never stopped coming! Joel Karsh is just a grunt slugging it out on Plant 3G 789, a bug factory world, where fresh protein (i.e., human flesh) is being processed for reshipment to enemy depots throughout the cluster. All he wants to do is make it back to the SpaceForce pick-up point. But as his buddies are killed, one by one, and the Knackers swarm ever closer, he's beginning to wonder if he'll even live through the next day! A rousing SF military adventure by a master storyteller. KNACK' ATTACK: A Tale of the Human-Knacker War, by Robert Reginald On the farming planet of Terr'ferme, Rabbs din Chorest has been sent to the hills to tend a herd of clorses (cloned horses) and beefers. Not far distant is the ruin of Spiretown, a long-abandoned place of the Old-uns, a race that had once inhabited this world. Then the Knack's invade, destroying settlements, devastating ranches, and harvesting human and animal flesh. Rabbs is cut off from all contact with the civilized world. When a group of refugees appears, they become Rabbs's responsibility as well. Trapped by a bug troop in a cave near the ruined city, the humans have nowhere to go and no one to ask for help. Will anyone survive the Knack' attack?
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
9
THE COMIN OF THE KNACKS
11
Time to Git Yourself Goin
13
CHAPTER TWO
15
By What Sign Do You Pass?
19
CHAPTER THREE
21
Theyve Come Down to Terrferme
23
CHAPTER FOUR
27
Some of Us Dont Wear Uniforms
45
CHAPTER NINE
51
PART THREE THE KNACK TACK
55
CHAPTER TEN
57
Hello?
63
CHAPTER TWELVE
67
We Cannot Help You
71
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
75

Whilst I Lived the ChorestGrant Lived
29
The Grid Was Yet Live
33
CHAPTER SIX
35
THE SPACER BACE
39
Are You OK Rabbs?
41
CHAPTER SEVEN
43
Did You See the Knacks?
77
Got One of Them Suckers
81
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
83
I Hates You Too
85
Fire
87
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Ardath Mayhar was born in Timpson, Texas on February 20, 1930. She began her writing career as a poet when she was 19 and began publishing science fiction in 1979. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 60 books in almost every fiction genre. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Frank Cannon, Frances Hurst and John Killdeer. She won the Balrog Award for a horror narrative poem in Masques I and was honored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as an Author Emeritus in 2008. She died on February 1, 2012 at the age of 81.

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