By Murray Leinster
"Nobody ever observed the message-torp. It wasn't to be anticipated. It got here in on a direction that prolonged backward to someplace close to the Rift—where there was once Huks—and for a truly, very good way it had traveled as purely message-torps do commute. It hopped part a light-year in overdrive, and got here again to normality lengthy adequate for its photocells to examine the star-filled universe all approximately. Then it hopped one other part light-year, etc. For an extended, very long time it traveled during this jerky fashion."
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A Matter of Importance by Murray Leinster