|'Red Alert' (13000 words)
For several minutes after the main fleet emerged into normal
spacetime somewhere within the orbit of Pluto, the flagship drove
through the grey unreality that was hyperspace.
White doesn't just undercut readership expectations in 'Red Alert';
he leaves them for dead long before the last page. Everra
di Crennorlin-Su is the Governor of three inhabited solar systems
and temporarily Commander of a 3,127-strong task force headed
Earthwards. Character sketch: "His particular form
of insanity wasn't rare. It was called ambition."
'Tis a grievous fault -- or is it? What begins like a revamped
'Pushover Planet' (see above) ends up as something completely
different. And the allusion to Monty Python won't help you,
a 'tall, a 'tall.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews