Seven tales of war and peace in the not-so-far-off world of the future. Seven harrowing stories of men caught up in tomorrow's age of ultraviolence.
Kings Who Die evokes the special terrors that confront spacemen captured in interplanetary war.
Wildcat chronicles a desperate attempt to send a team of men through a time machine back into the age of brontosaurs--there to prospect for oil and pump it back into the present.
Cold Victory depicts the holocaust of an interplanetary civil war fought to prevent Earth's secession from the Solar Union.
Inside Straight spins the tale of a peaceful planet that employs the superstrategies of gambling tipsters to foil its archenemies.
Details unfolds a suspenseful drama of international events influenced by unseen visitors.
License probes the fate of man living in a world where violence is legalized by state licenses.
Strange Bedfellows describes the mind-boggling intricacies of corporate political battles in tomorrow's world.
However far the man of tomorrow may project himself through space and time, it seems inevitable that he will carry with him the plague of war.
In Seven Conquests, one of America's most exciting writers of science fiction spins seven brilliantly imaginative tales of man caught up in the superagonies of cosmic warfare.
The setting of each tale is in the twilight zone of future technologies. Amid the nightmarish maneuvers of spaceships, monstrous computers, time machines, orbiting dreadnoughts, and hellish nuclear devices, the characters of each story probe and reveal the motives that impel whole races of men to deliberately imperil their survival.
In "Cold Victory," two brothers are tragically divided when the powers of Mars and Venus launch a war against Earth to prevent its secession from the Solar Union.
In "Wildcat," a time machine transmits a team of men back into the Jurassic age to prospect for oil in fields overrun with giant reptiles.
In "Inside Straight," the wily citizens of a distant planet employ the calculated odds of gambling to outmaneuver their warring enemies.
"Kings Who Die," "Details," "License," and "Strange Bedfellows" add further excitement to this brilliant collection of new science fiction stories by Poul Anderson.
With each story, Mr. Anderson adds new luster to his reputation as a master of technical background and suspense, and a writer of soaring imagination.
- 1969 Poul Anderson
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