Main Fiction: “A World Is Born” by Leigh Brackett, first published in Comet Magazine, July 1941.
Narrator: Fred Himebaugh.
Escape. That was all he wanted. Escape from these stifling valleys, from the snarl of the wind in the barren crags that towered higher than Everest into airless space. Escape from the surveillance of the twenty guards, the forced companionship of the ninety-nine other veteran-convicts.