This is a classic science fiction short story by James H. Schmitz and illustrated by Schoenherr that first appeared in Analog Science Fact and Fiction. The following passage is part of its intriguing intro:
'A novice is one who is inexperienced—but
that doesn't mean incompetent. Nor does it mean stupid!'
This work is part of our Vintage Sci-Fi Classics Series, a series in which we are republishing some of the best stories in the genre by some of its most acclaimed authors, such as Isaac Asimov, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Robert Sheckley. Each publication is complete with a short introduction to the history of science fiction.