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A threat that unites deadly enemiesTwo planets circled Brinsen's Star: Mundis and Secundis. On one, a tiny colony of refugees from Earth struggles and begins to thrive.But seeds of destruction have been sown and taken root. Young people are growing impatient with the rule of their elders, and a schism in Mundian society threatens to consume it.Then, from the void between the two planets, a strange space ship brings a challenge more deadly than any the inhabitants of Mundis have ever known. Now, in the face of this deadly threat they must do the impossible: Join together.
The battle for Earth is on!It was not an invasion from space.It was four invasions - simultaneous but each task force led by an Adamite naval commander and a beautiful dark-haired girl. It's the girls, Tomi, Verne, Gilen, and Pariss, who count most of all in the balance of power. For they are the Cosmic Spies.Earth slept through the opening moves of the game. But when it awoke, battle was finally joined between the two great races of Man. To prove which was human.
The threat to civilization was so incredible, no one recognized it.It started with a simple experiment: heighten animal intelligence. When a few of the specimens escaped from their cages, people were amused by the strange creatures.But then they started breeding. And new generations combined sharpened intelligence with a natural hatred of mankind.And one man knows too much for his own safety.
In this world, no one can hide for two hours. Benny Rice has been hiding for twenty years.For billions of people, the Rebirth Institute holds the key to eternal life. But only a tiny minority - less than 1 percent - are selected for rebirth.Benny Rice isn't one of them. True, he's got all the necessary traits: compassion, health, energy, potential for creativity. But intelligence tests show he's a moron - automatically disqualifying him.And then, in the midst of a crisis that threatens more than Benny's life, his intelligence scores must be reexamined . . . And he's not exactly who he says he is.
A planet-wide plot! The stakes? All the world's people.The million cities cover every inch of the Earth's surface with a gleaming metal skin. They penetrate deep into the planet's core. And billions of people crowd them, fast squandering the depleted resources of an aging world.The way forward for the human race lies in only one direction: outward to the stars. But only the Chartists are capable of building starships. And the government has outlawed them and subjected them to a vicious reign of terror.But the Chartists are not what they seem.
Some win. Some lose. Some die.To keep the planet's population figures stable, Noman authorities devised the Sports - each a test of nerves, skill, and physical fitness. Those found proficient receive medals. Those found wanting, die. Sixty million Nomans died each year in the the Sports.Now a human telepath has been sent to Noman by the Universal Order Force. His assignment: Find out who's rigging the games.Before it's too late.
A new race would inherit the Earth.Tormented by neuroses, psychoses, and instability, mankind changed, and two new breeds of humans were born:Normans - devoid of body hair, quiet, rational, hiding a strange new power. And Sexons - wild, animalistic, with lustful urges.And each one was convinced it was Earth's true heir.
The odds were against them every step of the way. "Drugged with figures, working more and more from sheer obstinacy, stubbornly trying everything I could think of to try, I came up with the conclusion that our chances of getting to Mars, when we left the soil of Earth, had been about a thousand to one against. And they weren't very much better now."Bill Easson has made it out of Earth's doomed atmosphere in his lifeship - with ten Earthling expats in tow - but countless questions had followed them. Was Earth really doomed? How many more lives could they have saved with more time to prepare? Would there even be enough fuel to get to Mars?And to what lengths will they go to get themselves there?
He held their lives in his hands.Earth was doomed. Only ten people of every 3,000 would be taken to Mars to begin a new colony. For the rest, there awaited only death.Bill Easson was a nice, pleasant, straightforward guy. But as on of the pilots for the Mars expedition, he had to handpick the ten who would accompany him. Mobs surged through the streets, murder and mayhem was rampant . . . and the names on Easson's list changed again and again.He had to stay alive, get out of the city with his passengers, and get them to Mars on an untested ship.And the authorities had given him only a 60 percent chance.
"It's not one thing, Bill . . . It's the rain, and the winds, and the dust, and the heat . . . the food, things you can't identify, things that taste like string. No milk. No coffee. No eggs. No meat . . . Being hot, cold, drenched, parched, tired, and restless, all within an hour or so. Oh I could scream!"Life on Mars was far from heavenly for the refugees of Earth. Joining the existing human colony on the Red Planet gave them life, but at what price?As time passes, Bill Easson will see first-hand the lengths to which humanity can be pushed . . . and the new frontiers on which it can survive.
The first visitor to paradise in three centuries!For 300 years, Utopia has been separated from the rest of the galaxy. Now, after intricate negotiations, a single visitor from the Other Worlds is permitted to travel to this strange planet.What Hardy Cronyn finds is stranger than he could have imagined: no marriage, few children, and a population that was effectively immortal. No death, no crime . . . a true paradise.But then Cronyn discovers the paralyzing fear shared by all Utopia's inhabitants: If life is eternal, pain will last a long, long time.
Where do you go from Limbo?He has no name and no memory. Awakening in a clearing, he has no tools, weapons, or guide to his new home. As he explores, he finds six gateways. But what lies beyond each of them?He finds a name - Rex - and a companion: Regina. But even as he imagines he has found paradise, the engines of its destruction are beginning to rumble . . .
A sudden, savage, suicidal, senseless attack.Why are thousands of Tinkers ready, eager, and determined to die in an insane attack on their planetary neighbor, Shan?War consultant Ray Cottrell doesn't really care; a beautiful young playmate has just jumped into his lap, one of many in a long line. But when he realizes what's behind the Tinkers' suicide, he realizes he's going to have to step in.Because he alone can defeat the Space Sorcerers.
Visit Earth! The exciting birthplace of man!Now, courtesy of Starways, Inc., you can take your vacation anywhere . . . literally anywhere. Starting from the holiday planet of Paradiso, eager tourists can tavel to Mars, Venus, or more exotic planets scattered across the stars.But curiously, there's one trip that Starways seems to discourage people from taking. And naturally that's the one Ram Burrell is most interested in: a trip to Earth.Once Burrell finagles a ticket for the journey, he discovers why Earth is the least-visited planet in the galaxy . . . and why Starways aims to keep it that way.
The summer of the giants.They weren't really giants, of course. Just nice young people who'd decided to camp outside the village for the summer.Ordinary - except they were all over six feet tall, a bit too well dressed, and didn't mix with anyone.No one thought much about them. Until the Night. And then it was too late.
One man's terrifying journey out of his mind - and into many others!Fletcher was dying. But it wasn't that simple. His mind refused to follow his body; instead, it moved from brain to brain: young, old, healthy, ill, men, women. But now he found himself in the brain of Charles Searle, the twisted scientist who had altered Fletcher's mind, leaving him a disembodied personality.Fletcher now shared his brain.And Searle was dying.
The earth is doomed!Only ten people out of every 3,000 will escape aboard space ships to begin a new colony on Mars. For the rest of humanity . . . inevitable destruction.Bill Easson is a conscientious, straightforward guy. But as pilot of one of the ships, he holds the power of life and death in his hands. As the time grows nearer, violent mobs swarm through the streets, and the ten names on Bill's list change and change again.The authorities only give Bill a 60 percent chance of survival. He knows in his bones he's got to lengthen the odds.Or die trying.
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