Conway had been worrying about the Meatball problem during the whole
of the trip back to the hospital, but only in the past two hours
had the process become a constructive one.
There is no truth to the rumour, which I’ve just started,
that Jim named ‘Meatball’ after a song made briefly
famous by Burl Ives. “We are carrying two Drambon natives.
Drambo is the native name for the planet . . .” Conway
tells Sector General Reception. “One of the natives
is a CLHG, water-breathing, with a warm-blooded oxygen-based metabolism.
The other is tentatively classified a SRJH and seems comfortable
in either air r water.” The Drambon SRJH physician/leucocyte
treats a blood-poisoned Kelgian in its own inimitable, but effective
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- NEW WRITINGS N SF 16, Ed John Carnell, Dobson, January
- NEW WRITINGS IN SF 16, Corgi pb edition, March 1970
- Also in Major Operation (see under Books)