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Moral Duty

By Kirk Moore

A prelude to The Ambassadors of Death

The two astronauts first saw the creature through the scarlet haze of the planet's new dawn. It was in the distance, steadily marching towards their space capsule.

The first astronaut started off towards the alien, calling after his partner. The second astronaut, while caught up in his friend's enthusiasm, approached more cautiously.

The alien's features were nightmarish, but it was passive as they neared it. It eagerly accepted the first astronaut's open hand - flooding his body with a high intensity radiation blast.

Carrington cradled Jim Daniels' head in his arms, moaning the same phrase over and over.

‘Welcome to Mars.’

This item appeared in TSV 38 (March 1994).

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