Tunnel in the Sky

by Robert A. Heinlein

Rod Walker didn't know where in the universe he'd
been sent... he only knew he somehow had to survive!

IT WAS JUST A TEST... JUST A TEST... JUST A TEST

But something had gone wrong. Terribly wrong. What was to have been a standardten day survival test had suddenly become an indefinite life or death nightmare.

Now they were stranded somewhere in the universe, beyond contact with Earth...at the other end of the tunnel in the sky. This small group of young men and women, divested of all civilized luxuries and laws, were being forced to forge a future of their own... a strange future in a strange land where sometimes not even the fittest could survive!


BIRTH OF A LOST NATION

The young man was dressed only in walking shorts and soft bush shoes. "Friends," he said, "we are gathered here tonight to found a new nation."

He paused to let the idea sink in. "You know our situation. We ferventlyhope to be rescued. I will even go so far as to say that I think we will berescued... eventually.

"It might be tomorrow... it might be our descendants a thousand years from now. But when the main body of our great race establishes contact with us,it is up to us whether they find a civilized society, or flea-bitten animals without language, without art--with the light of reason grown dim. Or no survivors at all, nothing but bones picked clean!"

Year First Published:1955

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