Special Agent to Venus
To Paul Wayne, being wrecked meant only that his comrades faced extermination.
Original publication: October, 1940 issue of Fantastic Adventures. Extensive research has not revealed the necessary renewal of copyright, so this is believed to be in the public domain.
Short story. Here is Special Agent to Venus by Thornton Ayre, in epub format.
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