Lance Kenniston felt the cold realization of failure as he came out of
the building into the sharp chill of the Martian night. He stood for a
moment, his lean, drawn face haggard in the light of the two hurtling
He looked hopelessly across the dark spaceport. It was a large one, for
this ancient town of Syrtis was the main port of Mars. The forked light of
the flying moons showed many ships docked on the tarmac—a big liner,
several freighters, a small, shining cruiser and other small craft.
Edmond Moore Hamilton (October 21, 1904 - February 1, 1977) was a
popular author of science fiction stories and novels during the mid-twentieth
century. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was raised there and in
nearby New Castle, Pennsylvania. Something of a child prodigy, he
graduated high school and started college (Westminster College, New
Wilmington, Pennsylvania) at the age of 14–but washed out at 17.