The Makeshift Rocket

The Makeshift Rocket

Anderson, Poul

Language: English

Publisher: Hamlyn

Published: Jan 1, 1962

Words: 31797
Pages: 137


Knud Axel Syrup, chief engineer of the spaceship *Mercury Girl*, sat and drank his favourite beer and thought about the coming war he was so anxious to avoid. For Grendel, the planetoid on which he was stranded, had been occupied by a band of fiery Irish revolutionaries. And once the rival Anglians discovered this, their response would be speedy and violent. Then, as Herr Syrup shook up a bottle of brew and let the foam shoot out of its top, he realized suddenly what could be done to get him off Grendel. And so came about the marvellous spaceship, built of beer kegs, bound by gunk, upholstered with pretzel boxes, and powered by the mighty reaction forces of malted brew!