How would youlike to live in this future: All the disaster predictions of the Paul Ehrlich School of Nonsense came true? The Environmentalist Whackos, the Kill-the-Babies crowd, and the Death To Industrialists Gang now rule the world!
KillCaptain Matter, a sort of Whacko James Bond, is sent to the backwoods of Canada to investigate the possible existence of a commune which is -- Horrors! -- practicing "free birth." When his appearance in a nearby town results in an immediate assassination attempt, Matter realizes there is far more involved that violations of the population control edicts --- perhaps even the future of humanity itself!
By John T. Phillifent
(As John Rackham)
Cover by Jack Gaughan
A Galactic War is raging, and hard-pressed humanity must make use of every possible resource, even to the point of building an installation on Step Two, a muddy, misty world where the atmosphere burns out human lungs, where the proliferating plant life will swallow any building not protected by flamethrowers, where to go outside without an environment suit is certain death.
Stephen Query has been condemned to serve out his enlistment on Step Two, demoted from pilot to technician because he refused to accept automaton status. He finds that he is able to adapt his lifestyle to this enclosed, over-regulated world.
Until Stephen and the admiral who had ordered him to that Dark Planet were thrown defenseless into the world beyond the dome, with no hope of rescue. They wandered hopeless, starving, thirsty, awaiting death. Then, there was a noise, and some strange colors. Something emerging from the darkness and mist beyond all comprehension . . .
Strictly a reading copy. Covers have HEAVY wear around the edges, and some wrinkling. Spine is rubbed full length of both side edges. Pages are off-white. Binding is tight and square.