By John Scalzi
The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to satisfy us and to start humanity’s first interstellar friendship. There’s only one challenge: They’re hideously grotesque and so they odor like rotting fish.
So getting humanity’s belief is a problem. The Yherajk desire somebody who will help them shut the deal.
Enter Thomas Stein, who is familiar with anything approximately remaining offers. He’s one among Hollywood’s preferred younger brokers. yet even supposing Stein can have simply concluded the most important deal of his profession, it’s fairly one other factor to barter for a complete alien race. To earn his percent this time, he’s going to wish all of the smarts, abilities, and wits he can muster.
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We found a place, deep in the brush, where we were not likely to be noticed even by someone passing quite close, and stretched out I must have fallen asleep almost at once. When I awoke, it was nearly dark. I saw Henry asleep beside me. If I were to get up quietly. I might be able to sneak away without waking him. The idea was tempting. It seemed unfair, though, to leave him Page 32 here, in a wood, with night coming on. I put my hand out to shake him and noticed something as I did so: he had looped the strap of my pack round his arm, so that I could not have taken it without disturbing him.
And he played a couple of games with Beanpole* who won easily. I then challenged him, and was also beaten. Finally I played against Henry.
He dragged me to the door. No one paid any attention, and I realized the scene could not be an uncommon one. Crying out would do no good, either. If they did not ignore me, they could very well ask questions which I did not want to answer. There might be a chance of breaking clear outside. Not much, though, because I had felt his strength. And the Black Swan was moored no more- than a hundred yards away. Page 39 I saw him as we reached the door: a tall man, with a long. thin- lipped face, black-bearded and swarthy.
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi