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Published on Apr 22, 2013
A reading from an early paragraph of Algis Budrys's "Die, Shadow!". I found this short story in "The Second If Reader" an anthology of sci-fi stories Published by Sphere Science Fiction and edited by Frederick Pohl.
... Outside the cloud-lashed hull there were no stars. Below, no one knew what sort of jungle or sea, or desert of whipping poison sand might lie in wait. Greaves had not cared when he set out, and did not care now. If man had always waited to be sure, if all the adventurers of mankind had waited until the signposts had gone up,the cave bears would still be the dominant form of life on Earth, and races undreamed of might never know such a thing as man to contest their sway over the Universe. ...