|cover art by David Russell|
Treesong had become the preeminent criminal in the galaxy, the self-proclaimed "King of Thieves". In his early criminal career, Treesong killed Gersen's parents.
Gersen poses as a journalist and tries to lure the secretive Treesong into the open by pretending that he wants to publish Treesong's biography. Gersen's "secretary", Alice Wroke warns that Treesong will "never allow you to publish undignified things about him". Gersen is persistent: "He can write the story himself. We'll sell a hundred million copies." Alice asks, "Do you think it is wise to publicize the exploits of such a man?" Gersen replies: "Certainly. Sooner or later he will come to a bad end."
|two lifeforms of Bethune Preserve|
In addition to the Naturalist Society, Bethune Preserve was of interest to many lesser-known organizations such as the Biological Falange, the Sierra Club and the Scutinary Vitalists.
The Scutinary Doctrine led to a fringe scientific research program that finally resulted in the isolation of what was called the "Vital Residual", an unidentifiable material that could be isolated from living organisms that had been rapidly incinerated. The Scutinary Vitalists were able to show that the Vital Residual existed inside living creatures on other planets, including Bethune Preserve.
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