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Down & Out on Ellfive Prime (1979) [Short Story]
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Torin Almquist is colony manager for colony L-5. Running the day-to-day operations for thousands of people, shuttling VIP's into an out of the colony, it's a good job to have. But though he is high in the ranks of the corporate entity that owns the colony, he will be sent back to dreary, deadened Earth in a few years, even if he maintains a spotless record. It is the fate of all but the most privileged who can afford to pay for life on a colony.

It is rumored that a slight few escape this fate. They "die" in freak accidents soon before they are bound to be returned to Earth. Almquist knows this. But he also knows that these people, if they exist, live a life of semi-hardship, making do the best they can while the colonists above and around them live sheltered and protected lives. He knows that they may be needed some day; their unique skills gained through years of forced innovation may come in handy. They may, in fact, be useful, on this very day...

Original title: Down & Out on Ellfive Prime
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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