Andromeda Gun by John Boyd

By John Boyd

"A vintage '60s Western with well-handled SF underpinnings. An outlaw's mind is hijacked by way of a roaming alien missionary who acts as a neurologically supercharged "good angel". Cupidity is diverted into civic accountability, lust is reworked into familial urges, and so on. For a few cause, fried bird appeared an enormous authorial preoccupation. worthy studying, in particular when you've got a tender spot for real pulp motion leavened with SF weirdness."

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His jawbone held. He retained consciousness even though his teeth ached and his ears rang. Midnight had tested the rider with a few opening sashays. Now the stallion began to buck. It leaped and arched its back with the snap of a whip crack. Since this was a no-holds-barred contest and not a rodeo demonstration, Ian grabbed the saddle horn and hung on, praying the belly cinch would hold. The cinch held, but the arch pricked the horse's back against the nail point, and Midnight got angry. When Ian, his eyes focused dead ahead, felt the muscles of the horse bunching beneath him for a supreme effort, he sensed what was coming and tensed his own leg muscles.

Ian asked the girl. "Schoolteachers don't sin," she said. " "I'm a little shy about such things," he admitted, "but Liza don't seem backwards. " Brother Winchester was moving among his kneeling flock, bending to whisper words of inspiration and faith to each sinner. Ian noticed that his ministrations over Liza were somewhat prolonged, and, in the middle of the church, Ian had a sinful thought regarding the preacher's motives, but Winchester's show of forgiveness seemed to soften Gabriella. "You can help Sister Liza, Brother Ian," she said, "by not looking at her as if you were studying her and by not saying complimentary things to her.

I'm a little shy about such things," he admitted, "but Liza don't seem backwards. " Brother Winchester was moving among his kneeling flock, bending to whisper words of inspiration and faith to each sinner. Ian noticed that his ministrations over Liza were somewhat prolonged, and, in the middle of the church, Ian had a sinful thought regarding the preacher's motives, but Winchester's show of forgiveness seemed to soften Gabriella. "You can help Sister Liza, Brother Ian," she said, "by not looking at her as if you were studying her and by not saying complimentary things to her.

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