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 futures past
ambulance ship corgi


9500 words

The Monitor Corps scoutship Torrance was engaged on a mission which was both highly important and deadly dull.

M.C.S. Torrance, while mapping the many three-dimensional balnks in Federation star-charts, pops out of hyperspace near a big, sick . . . Spacebird. With great difficulty, major Madden ‘hightails’ it for Sector General.  “A strange – and perhaps deadly – rash that covered its body may well have caused the creature’s companions to abandon their helpless friend” (blurb).  The dirty birds. Rick Sternbach’s cover illustration for Futures Past (Ballantine edition) sets the scene perfectly.  Just like my favourite Mystery in Space action shot, by Mike Sekowski.  Attack on Fort Satellite: Wernher von Braun space-wheel under raygun-fire from space-suited ‘Greenskins’ riding iron-horse thingies.  How sad, too bad, never mind.

Synopsis by Graham Andrews
First Publication:
  •  NEW WRITING IN SF No 22, ed Ken Bulmer, Sidgewick & Jackson, March 1973

Publication history:
  • NEW WRITINGS IN SF 22, Corgi PB, April 1974
  • NEW WRITINGS IN SF SPECIAL ONE, ed Carnell & Bulmer, omnibus edition  of NW IN SF Nos 21-22--23, Sidgewick & Jackson, July 1975
  • Futures Past (see under Books)
  • Ambulance Ship (Corgi edition only).

Fan Publication:
  •  NORCON 11 Programme Booklet, Norwegian National SF Convention, Oslo, 8/8/92 Guest of Honour contribution translated into Norwegian,


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