Published: 1963 originally, 2003 as part of Med Ship
Genre: science fiction
Length: 40 pages
Setting: far future, the planet Maya
Interest: It was a random book picked off my Kindle while we were on vacation
Summary: Calhoun is a member of the Med Ship service who travels to each planet in a sector, keeping track of medical problems and watching for the outbreak of plague. When he lands on Maya, he finds the cities completely deserted with no sign of the people. The only clue is a regular cycle of a huge electricity draw. Calhoun eventually finds the population herded beyond an electrical barrier. Calhoun is able to take down the barrier and return the population to their homes.
Final thoughts: The story is actually one of eight stories about Calhoun in the compilation. It was a fun, quick read. Nothing special, but nothing terrible either. Calhoun had some history he alluded to at times, and a pet that was introduced but didn’t play a large role in this story. I’d expect it to show up in the other stories as well, though.
Title comes from: The main character’s job.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 59/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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