Ace Fantasy Book, 17th printing, July 1985
Story 1: Sentences of Death by John Brunner
— A secret message, an unexpected encounter, and revenge —
“I begin to sound as though I pity myself, and I know my fate is just. Shall we despise justice?”
“But at all events, it appears to have dawned on you that revenge is never what you hope for.”
“I want to make the most of my moment of satisfaction, even if it can’t be as rich and memorable as I dreamed.”
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