The Makeshift RocketPoul Anderson
Knud Axel Syrup, chief engeneer of the spaceship Mercury Girl, sat and drank his favourite beer and thought about the coming war he was so anxious to avoid. For Grendel the planetoid on which he was stranded had been occupied by a band of fiery Irish revolutionaries. And once the rival Anglians discovered this, their response would be speedy and violent.
Then, As Herr Syrup shook up a bottle of brew and let the foam shoot out of it's top, he realized suddenly what could be done to get him off Grendel.
And so came about a marvellous spaceship, build of beer kegs, bound by gunk, upholstred with pretzel boxes, and powered by the mighty reaction forces of malted brew!
Genres: science fiction
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.