Tales from The Mos Eisley Cantina (Star Wars)

By Kevin J. Anderson

16 tales from the main notorious cantina within the universe...by a few of contemporary top writers of technology fiction.

In a miles nook of the universe, at the small wilderness planet of Tatooine, there's a darkish, nic-i-tain-filled cantina the place you could down your favourite intoxicant whereas hearing the easiest jazz riffs within the universe.  But watch out your fellow denizens of this pangalactic watering gap, for they're cutthroats and cutpurses, assassins and soldiers, people and extraterrestrial beings, gangsters and thieves....

Featuring unique tales by:

Kevin J. Anderson * Doug Beason * M. Shayne Bell * David Bischoff * A.C.
Crispin * Kenneth C. Flint * Barbara Hambly * Rebecca Moesta * Daniel Keys
Moran * Jerry Oltion * Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens * Jennifer Roberson
* Kathy Tyers * Tom Veitch & Martha Veitch * Dave Wolverton * Timothy

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He was once on my own. He was once small and defenseless—a susceptible, cowardly Jawa. yet because the Sand humans attacked, Het Nkik had discovered the T-16’s still-functioning defense process, and caused it. The sonic alarm despatched out a pulsating screech loud sufficient to curdle dewback blood. Startled through the noise, the Raiders had fled. Het Nkik had stood trembling in his brown gowns, paralyzed with worry and astonishment. It took him many moments to achieve that he on my own had scared off the Tusken Raiders. A vulnerable Jawa had pushed again an assault through bloodthirsty Sand humans! It were a warming revelation to him: Given the suitable gear and the best perspective, Jawas may be various. And now he had a blaster rifle. “I be aware of we're not powerless,” Het Nkik acknowledged to the previous guy who persevered to monitor him, “but my extended family contributors don't realize it. ” “Perhaps they will,” the previous guy acknowledged. because the different Jawas scrambled over the wrecked sandcrawler, Het Nkik knew what he needed to do. He went to the pilot and forfeited his whole percentage of salvage in trade for a unmarried sensible motor vehicle that will take him on my own around the desolate tract to the human spaceport … the place the Imperials have been founded. • • • Het Nkik’s sand automobile broke down two times on his trek to the sprawling, squalid urban of Mos Eisley. status lower than the pounding warmth of the suns because the burning wind licked below his hood, he controlled to take advantage of his ability and meager assets to get the car limping alongside back over the rocky floor. inside of his cloak the DL-44 blaster felt tremendously heavy, hot and cold whilst. the load within his chest appeared even heavier, yet burning anger drove him on. at the dust-whipped streets of Mos Eisley, Het Nkik stored the sand automobile functioning till he noticed one other Jawa—a member of a far off extended family who were on the town for a few time—and provided the used-up automobile on the market. notwithstanding he drove a terrible cut price, Het Nkik didn't count on to reside lengthy adequate to spend the credit; yet his nature forbade him giving something away. taking walks, Het Nkik trudged in the course of the rippling noon warmth, clutching the blaster with reference to his chest, taking a look at languid creatures sleeping in adobe doors awaiting the day to chill. The streets have been approximately abandoned. He walked and walked, feeling his ft burn; the light dirt caked his garment. He knew what he meant to do, yet he didn’t fairly know the way to head approximately it. He had a blaster. He had an obsession. yet he had but to discover a target—the correct goal. He famous an elevated Imperial presence within the urban, guards stationed through docking bays and the customs heart; yet not more than at a time. Het Nkik knew that lifestyles used to be reasonable in Mos Eisley, and killing a unmarried Imperial trooper wouldn't reason adequate uproar. He needed to exit in one of these blaze of glory and heroism that the Jawas could sing of him for years yet to come. within the city heart he came upon the big break of the Dowager Queen spacecraft, a large number of tangled girders, falling-apart hull plates, and all demeanour of wierd creatures, vagrants, and scavengers lurking contained in the hull.

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