WE DEMAND THAT YOU HAND OVER THE OBJECT.
Impossible. Ownership is in the hands of our clients.
HUMAN OWNERSHIP OF THE OBJECT IS NOT ADMISSIBLE. STREALL CLAIM IS ABSOLUTE. YOU WILL NOTIFY US OF WHEREABOUTS
It is already in transit.
WE WILL INTERCEPT. NOTIFY.
Your claim must be made through the courts.
HUMAN COURTS MEAN NOTHING TO THE STREALL. EITHER YOU COMPLY OR TREALL FLEETS WILL OCCUPY YOUR SYSTEM.
Barrington J. Bayley (1937-2008) was born in Birmingham and began writing science fiction in his early teens. After serving in the RAF, he took up freelance writing on features, serials and picture strips, mostly in the juvenile field, before returning to straight SF. He was a regular contributor to the influential New Worlds magazine and an early voice in the New Wave movement.