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Code Three

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Code Three

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Author: Rick Raphael
Publisher: Astounding Science Fiction (Analog), 1963
Series: Code Three: Book 1

1. Code Three
2. Once a Cop
3. Code Three

Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo Award nominated story.

FREEWAYS TO HELL Ben Martin and Clay Ferguson have got a tough job. In Car 56 -- "Beulah" -- they patrol the super-highways of a future that might have been. Along with Medical-Surgical Officer Kelly Lightfoot, they help keep an insane road system as safe as possible. Here is a startling and excitingly realistic portrait of regular folks in a future extrapolated from a time when technology was changing at an explosive rate. What if highways just got bigger and bigger, cars faster and faster? How could such be patrolled, when crashes, jams and road rage are the norm? The answer is an elite paramilitary corp. These dedicated officers, trying to keep reign on a crazed vehicle culture with sixty foot long tank-like patrol cars with 25mm cannon, cranes and full medical suites.

Code Three originally appeared in Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, February 1963, available free on Project Gutenberg. The story can also be found in the anthology The World Turned Upside Down (2005), edited by Jim Baen, David Drake and Eric Flint.


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