By Keith Laumer
From a titan of technology fiction experience and the author of the mythical Bolo sequence, an action-packed quantity containing a full-length novel and a number of brief novels and stories.
From a titan of technological know-how fiction event and the writer of the mythical Bolo sequence, an action-packed quantity containing a full-length novel and a bunch of brief novels and stories.
A wry imaginative and prescient of a destiny jam-packed with notable develeopments–but a destiny the place previous difficulties get back to hang-out humanity in unusual new ways.
First, Mal heads throughout an the US ravaged by way of around the globe earthquakes whilst he runs right into a death stranger who speaks darkly of assembly males who were not really males. The stranger has an strange gold coin in his pocket–and quickly Mal discovers that a few thing wants that coin again, and should cease at not anything to get it.
Next: Steve Dravek awakes in a nightmarish urban and instantly needs to struggle for his existence opposed to ruthless organ-stealing gangs. His final stories are of a vanished time from a century in the past. Now, as Steve attempts to stick alive lengthy adequate to orient himself, he discovers that somebody is looking him in the course of the darkish urban, somebody who turns out to grasp him larger than he is familiar with himself.
Plus: The commander of the spaceship fleet that simply annihilated the enemy armada comes to a decision to turn into international dictator –that is, until his moment in command can cease him. And a countrywide attempt condemns a guy to a lifetime of unskilled hard work, except he can have the option round the system.
Praise for Keith Laumer:
"Spare, fresh prose kind and muscular storytelling method . . . the reader comes away with either a feeling final touch and a wish for the story to head on ... eternally, if possible." –David Weber
"You're approximately to have fun." –David Drake
"One of the most efficient and renowned writers of technology fiction." –Ben Bova
"... experience stories which are brisk, mild and sardonic ..." –Publishers Weekly
"Laumer is a grasp. . . ." –Seattle Times
"Tautly written and unending suspense ... first-class ..." –VOYA
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