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I grinned at her with my head on one side. She flushed. Her hot black eyes looked mad. 

I don’t see what there is to be cagey about," she snapped. "And I don’t like your manners.

I’m not crazy about yours,” I said. “I didn’t ask to see you. You sent for me. I don’t mind your ritzing me or drinking your lunch out of a Scotch bottle. I don’t mind your showing me your legs. They’re very swell legs and it’s a pleasure to make their acquaintance. I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings. But don’t waste your time trying to cross-examine me.

She slammed her glass down so hard that it slopped over on an ivory cushion. She swung her legs to the floor and stood up with her eyes sparking fire and her nostrils wide. Her mouth was open and her bright teeth glared at me. Her knuckles were white.

People don’t talk like that to me," she said thickly.

I sat there and grinned at her. Very slowly she closed her mouth and looked down at the spilled liquor. She sat down on the edge of the chaise-longue and cupped her chin in one hand.

My God, you big dark handsome brute! I ought to throw a Buick at you.

I snicked a match on my thumbnail and for once it lit. I puffed smoke into the air and waited.

Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off
Duna: part deux
After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.
- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-
- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…
- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site
- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.
- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.
Persistence pays off

Duna: part deux

After building a stronger, more maneuverable craft (the Hyperion Lander) for this mission, I returned to Duna for a second attempt.

- Decaying orbit through the atmosphere at over 1km a second, FUUUUUUUUUUU-

- Never dismiss the usefulness of drag chutes, whew…

- SUCCESS!

- relative distance to the first landing site

- Unfortunately, Duna’s moon ‘Ike’ is in geostationary orbit so I’ll never see it rise over the horizon.

- All my Kerbals safely inside the lower living space (with a view) before the dust storm kicked up.

Persistence pays off

Terry Harknett’s addictive ‘Edge’ series (penned under the moniker George G. Gilman) is a classic of pulp Western fiction.

Capt. Josiah ‘Edge’ Hedges is on a mission of revenge over the murder of his brother Jamie, & the destruction of his farm by five men who served under Edge during the Civil War. The stories are irreverent, politically incorrect & devoid of any wishy-washy sensitive characters. The writing evokes a clear, visceral image of the wild west.

Edge is stripped of his humanity by his circumstance, the selfishness & apathy of others within the harsh, dry environment; the catalyst for his eventual metamorphosis into a remorseless killer who treats everybody like scum. Nobody is spared. Edge is a real bad motherfucker.

A total of 61 books in the series with a huge following to this day. A refreshing antithesis over contemporary fiction.

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