Galaxy Jane by Ron Goulart

By Ron Goulart

Interplanetary journalist Jack summer season discovers that smugglers plan to mystery their offer of the lethal drug Zombium aboard an incredible motion picture studio starship, and, with the aid of his boss's daughter and a robotic photographer, he units out to get the tale.

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Summer walked over to the remains, watched the sea spill across the ashes. " The robot said, "A good thing Vicky told me to tail you. She was fearful you'd dodder into a mess and need me to—" 40 RON GOULART "I don't need anybody to slaughter my sources of—" "Knock it off, Summer. I made a decision and it's over," cut in the machine. "Do you want me to help you up the path back to—" "What I want you to do is accompany me to the ships' Security Police," Summer said evenly. " "I'm not your anything, buddy boy.

He's dead, Jack. What—" "Only sleeping," Summer assured her. "We shut him off so he wouldn't heckle the proceed—" "Doesn't that violate his rights? " She faced him, hands on hips. "And I want to make darn sure you aren't using police brutality on them. I know all about that sort of thing, and I even saw a vidreport about it on our NewzNet service last year—" "That's what I was getting at about your irresponsible journalism, Summer," said the security cop. "You influence the gullible viewer with—" "I'm not exactly gullible, Norby," said Vicky, her anger and annoyance causing her to breathe exclusively through her mouth.

It drives the ladies wild," he was pointing out from the table they shared near the tinted viewindow of his beachside café. " asked Summer. 38 RON GOULART "That's all handled by the jukebox company. I don't have much choice," Jukebox Charlie replied. "Right now I'm very heavy on Electronic Polkas from Jupiter, which isn't my idea of the sort of mood music you need for a bistro such as—" "Thrice says you—" "How about that guy changing his name again so quick? " He nodded at the stretch of twilight beach outside.

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