By Kevin J. Anderson
Within the dusty warmth of twin-sunned Tatooine lives the wealthiest gangster in 100 worlds, grasp of an unlimited crime empire and keeper of a vicious, flesh-eating monster for leisure (and disposal of his enemies). Bloated and sinister, Jabba the Hutt may have made an excellent comic story -- if he were not so harmful. A solid of squaddies, spies, assassins, scoundrels, bounty hunters, and delight seekers have come to his palace, and each customer to Jabba's grand domicile has a narrative. a few of them will also dwell to inform it. . . .
Featuring unique tales through: Kevin J. Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, John Gregory Betancourt, Mark Budz and Marina Fitch, A.C. Crispin, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, George Alec Effinger, Kenneth C. Flint, Esther Friesner, Barbara Hambly, Daryl F. Mallett, J.D. Montgomery, Judy and Gar Reeves-Stevens, Jennifer Roberson, Kathy Tyers, Deborah Wheeler, Dave Wolverton, William F. Wu, Timothy Zahn.
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She was once retaining her chain out to at least one of the droids—the little R2 unit who were serving beverages past. The droid lower throughout the chains simply. “Let’s get out of here,” she stated. “Probably now not a nasty idea,” Sy Snootles stated in his ear. Max hesitated. “What approximately our apparatus? ” “We can regularly come again for it. ” Sy ran to the other facet of the commentary cabin, the single dealing with clear of the Sarlacc, and driven open a shutter. outdoors, Max might see one of many sail barge’s large guidance vanes. “Come on, Droopy,” Sy referred to as. “Time to head! ” Droopy undefined. Max hesitated a moment, looking at again at his organ, then undefined. Sounds of conflict nonetheless got here from outdoors. He didn’t are looking to get stuck in any struggling with, specially if an individual attempted to typhoon the commentary cabin to get to Jabba. a tremendous explosion all at once rocked the barge. Sy nearly fell out the window because the sail barge shifted. extra sounds of blaster hearth got here from the head deck. “Quickly! ” Sy referred to as. “Jump! ” “Are you loopy? ” Max demanded. Droopy jumped and not using a second’s hesitation. “Come on, Max,” Sy acknowledged. “It’s now not that a ways, and you'll slide down the steerage vane lots of the method. There’s sand less than. It’ll aid holiday your fall. ” Turning, she jumped. Max driven open the shutter and regarded down. It gave the impression of an extraordinarily good way. He hesitated. Droopy helped Sy up. They either regarded uninjured. “Jump! ” Sy Snootles referred to as. “Max—jump! ” whatever exploded in the back of Max, and the strength of the blast was once like a shove in Max’s again. He flew out the viewport, over Sy and Droopy, and hit the sand flat on his again. the autumn shocked him. His arms and face stung, and a ringing sound stuffed his ears. He used to be distantly conscious of a person selecting him up and wearing him clear of the sail barge, which appeared to be burning. He raised his head simply in time to determine the barge explode in a major orange fireball. a lot for his or her first gig, he notion. rather a lot for his or her tools. a lot for his nice agreement. “Where are we going? ” he controlled to invite. He seemed over at Sy. She had a bit comlink out. “We have a brand new gig,” she acknowledged. “Working for the woman Valarian. ” “No,” Droopy acknowledged. “What? ” Sy demanded. “For what she’s paying, we will get new tools. ” “I’m going into the desert,” Droopy acknowledged slowly. “There are brothers available in the market. ” “You suggest Kitonaks? ” Max requested. “Yes,” Droopy stated. “They are close to. I pay attention them. ” Max listened as demanding as he may perhaps, and certain adequate because the ringing in his ears and nostril pale, he heard a far off wail like Kitonak pipes. yet how may perhaps there be Kitonaks on Tatooine? “It’s most likely simply the wind,” he acknowledged. “That sound can’t be Kitonaks. What may they be doing out right here? ” “Living,” Droopy stated. He set Max down, became, and walked around the dunes with out one other be aware. “Well,” Sy stated. “I wager that makes us a duo. ” “The Max Rebo Duo,” Max acknowledged. He smiled. “It has a pleasant ring. ” “This time,” Sy acknowledged, “things are going to be assorted. I’m going to barter the contracts. ” “Okay,” Max acknowledged. “As lengthy as there’s lots of nutrients. ” “Or lots of cash to shop for food,” she stated.