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   When he found a complete collection of Zardoz in Worsley's directory,

   Electron was tempted to try a grab and run. The problem was that, with

   his slow modem, he couldn't run very quickly. Downloading Zardoz would

   take several hours. Quashing his overwhelming desire to reach out and

   grab Zardoz then and there, he slipped out of the machine noiselessly.

  

   Early next morning, an excited and impatient Electron crept back into

   DITMELA and headed straight for Worsley's directory. Zardoz was still

   there. And a sweet irony. Electron was using a security bug he had

   found on an early issue of Zardoz to break into the computer which

   would surrender the entire archive to him.

  

   Getting Zardoz out of the CSIRO machine was going to be a little

   difficult. It was a big archive and at 300 baud--30 characters per

   second--Electron's modem would take five hours to siphon off an entire

   copy. Using the CAT command, Electron made copies of all the Zardoz

   issues and bundled them up into one 500 k file. He called the new file

   .t and stored it in the temporary directory on DITMELA.

  

   Then he considered what to do next. He would mail the Zardoz bundle to

   another account outside the CSIRO computer, for safe-keeping. But

   after that he had to make a choice: try to download the thing himself

   or hang up, call Phoenix and ask him to download it.

  

   Using his 2400 baud modem, Phoenix would be able to download the

   Zardoz bundle eight times faster than Electron could. On the other

   hand, Electron didn't particularly want to give Phoenix access to the

   CSIRO machine. They had both been targeting the machine, but he hadn't

   told Phoenix that he had actually managed to get in. It wasn't that he

   planned on withholding Zardoz when he got it. Quite the contrary,

   Electron wanted Phoenix to read the security file so they could bounce

   ideas off each other. When it came to accounts, however, Phoenix had a

   way of messing things up. He talked too much. He was simply not

   discreet.

  

   While Electron considered his decision, his fingers kept working at

   the keyboard. He typed quickly, mailing copies of the Zardoz bundle to

   two hacked student accounts at Melbourne University. With the

   passwords to both accounts, he could get in whenever he wanted and he

   wasn't taking any chances with this precious cargo. Two accounts were

   safer than one--a main account and a back-up in case someone changed

   the password on the first one.

  

   Then, as the DITMELA machine was still in the process of mailing the

   Zardoz bundle off to the back-up sites, Electron's connection suddenly

   died.

  

   The CSIRO machine had hung up on him, which probably meant one thing.

   The admin had logged him off. Electron was furious. What the hell was

   a system administrator doing on a computer at this hour? The admin was

   supposed to be asleep! That's why Electron logged on when he did. He

   had seen Zardoz on the CSIRO machine the day before but he had been so

   patient refusing to touch it because the risk of discovery was too

   great. And now this.

  

   The only hope was to call Phoenix and get him to login to the

   Melbourne Uni accounts to see if the mail had arrived safely. If so,

   he could download it with his faster modem before the CSIRO admin had

   time to warn the Melbourne Uni admin, who would change the passwords.