Bad Luck Bill gets into serious trouble when he can’t pay his playing debts. Especially when the man he ows fifty thousand to is an Exosentient. And not just any sort of Exosentient. This is Devil Joe, the kind of Exosentient that is completely invulnerable to any kind of weapons. Devil Joe has a rival called Zwalvart, who happens to be just as invulnerable.
If Bad Luck Bill want to live, he has to make a deal that places hum right in the middle between Devil Joe and Zwalvart….
This story won the prize for Best Original Idea.