inn. These are a regular feature of his works.
The Battle Rock House is:
a quiet tavern;
on the edge of Syrtis Town;
friendly and unpretentious;
furnished with comfortable loungers scattered under massive sandwood rafters;
a place for chess and conversation;
the setting of an argument about Historical Necessity and the Man of Destiny between a Martian colonial, a Planetary Engineer, a kilted Venusian woman and a Captain of the Solar Guard.
But that is as far as I take the argument this evening...