The Ultimate Wager

The Ultimate Wager

Win or go “home”—to an Earth they'd never seen

The ultimate flying disc team from the human settlement journeyed to the alien planet’s lowlands with one mission: win a game against the aliens or go “home”—to an Earth the young team had never seen.

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After the human exploration ship Bascom Hall crash-landed on the Hspa Nki’s homeworld, the aliens allowed the survivors to settle on a high plateau with air too thin for the aliens—but just right for humans. For decades, the two races lived apart but at peace.

When a ship from Earth blazed through the skies, the Hspa Nki journeyed up to the plateau and demanded a retroactive land tax the settlers could not pay. But the aliens took a keen interest when they saw settlers playing ultimate flying disc, and the aliens loved to gamble. They offer to cancel the tax—if the settlers can beat them at the game.

Now, Connor and a team from the settlement journey to the thick air of the planet’s lowlands, into a crowded alien city, with one mission: win or go “home”—to an Earth the young team had never seen.

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Genres: Science Fiction, Sports
Tag: short stories
Publisher: CV-2 Books
Publication Year: 2018
Format: ebook, trade paperback
Length: short story
ASIN: 099910165X
ISBN: 9780999101650
List Price: $5.99
eBook Price: $0.99
About the Author
Raymund Eich

Raymund Eich is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose middle American upbringing is a launchpad for journeys to the ends of the universe.

His most popular works are military science fiction series The Confederated Worlds (novels Take the Shilling, Operation Iago, and A Bodyguard of Lies) and the Stone Chalmers series of science fiction espionage adventures (novels The Progress of Mankind, The Greater Glory of God, To All High Emprise Consecrated, and In Public Convocation Assembled). He has over ten other published book-length works and more than thirty published short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Odyssey, Analog, and the anthology Surviving Tomorrow, and has earned honorable mentions and a semi-finalist award in the Writers of the Future contest. His works are available worldwide in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook editions.

His most recent prior novel, Exploration 2127, was published in October 2021 by CV-2 Books (https://cv2books.com).

After circling the world by age five, he grew up in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. He earned a B.A. and a Ph.D., both in biochemistry, from Rice University. Though he’s no longer a working scientist, hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins.

In addition to his writing career, he works in patent law, won a national quiz bowl championship, is a husband and father, and affirms Robert Heinlein's dictum that specialization is for insects.

He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter. His last name has one syllable and is pronounced “eye-sh.”

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