By Larry Niven
Gil "The Arm" Hamilton used to be one of many most sensible operatives of ARM, the elite UN plice strength. His instinct was once unfailingly actual, his detective abilities moment to none, and his psychic powers -- esper feel and telekinesis -- have been amazing. you can now learn the entire vintage tales of the mythical ARM operative, amassed in a single quantity for the 1st time -- plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton event!
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I finished rolling. there has been a weapon in my sporran the dimensions of a double-barreled Derringer, compressed-air cartridges firing clusters of anesthetic crystal slivers. a couple of wondered electorate had stopped to monitor what i used to be doing. I ripped my sporran aside with either arms. every little thing spilled out, rolling cash and charge cards and ARM ident and cigarettes and—I snatched up the ARM weapon. The window mirrored image were a holiday. frequently you can’t inform the place the heartbeat from a searching laser may have come from. eco-friendly mild flashed close to my elbow. The pavement cracked loudly and peppered me with debris. I fought an urge to fling myself backward. The afterimage was once on my retina, a eco-friendly line as skinny as a razor’s area, pointing correct at him. He was once in a pass highway, poised kneeling, expecting his gun to pulse back. I despatched a cloud of mercy needles towards him. He slapped at his face, became to run, and fell skidding. I stayed the place i used to be. Taffy used to be curled at the pavement together with her head buried in her hands. there has been no blood round her. while I observed her legs shift, I knew she wasn’t useless. I nonetheless didn’t understand if she’d been hit. not anyone else attempted to shoot at us. the fellow with the gun lay the place he was once for nearly a minute. Then he begun twitching. He was once in convulsions while I acquired to him. Mercy needles aren’t purported to do this. I obtained his tongue out of his throat so he wouldn’t choke, yet I wasn’t wearing medicinal drugs that may support. whilst the excessive Cliffs police arrived, he was once lifeless. Inspector Swan used to be a picture-poster cop, tri-racial and good-looking as hell in an orange uniform that appeared adapted to him, so good did he healthy it. He had the gun open in entrance of him and used to be probing on the digital guts of it with a couple of tweezers. He acknowledged, “You don’t have any proposal why he used to be taking pictures at you? ” “That’s correct. ” “You’re an ARM. What do you're employed on nowadays? ” “Organlegging, regularly. monitoring down gangs that experience long past into hiding. ” i used to be massaging Taffy’s neck and shoulders, attempting to calm her down. She was once nonetheless shivering. The muscular tissues below my fingers have been very tight. Swan frowned. “Such a simple resolution. yet he couldn’t join an organlegging gang, may he? now not with that gun. ” “True. ” I ran my thumbs round the curve of Taffy’s shoulder blades. She reached round and squeezed my hand. The gun. I hadn’t relatively anticipated Swan to determine the consequences. It used to be an unmodified looking laser, correct off the rack. formally, not anyone on the planet makes weapons to kill humans. below the Conventions, now not even armies use them, and the United countries Police use mercy guns with the purpose that the criminals involved could be unhurt for trial and, later, for the organ banks. the one killing guns made are for killing animals. they're imagined to be, good, sportsmanlike. A continuous-firing X-ray laser will be effortless adequate to make. it can chop down something residing, irrespective of how briskly it fled, it doesn't matter what it concealed at the back of. The beast wouldn’t even understand it was once being shot at until eventually you waved the beam via its physique: an invisible sword blade a mile lengthy.