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D-471 Sanctuary In The Sky / Secret Martians VG
Sanctuary In The Sky
By John Brunner
Cover by Basil
I've always thought that this novel could have been expanded to two-three times its length. It contains such a well-constructed group of alien civilizations, and such an intriguing overall concept, that a 500-page novel would not have been out of bounds. But---this one's jammed into 122 pages and it is excellent.
A cold war among the stars was growing hotter by the minute. As Pagr and Cathrodyne struggled for domination, a hot war threatened which could rend and annihilate whole planetary systems. The two master races of the Arm would have consumed one another long ago, but for one single factor:
Waystation! It was a stupendous synthetic world, famed throughout this galaxy. For Waystation was controlled by a neutral people, and until the greater powers could seize this strategic wonder planet and ferret out its secrets, they were doomed to fretful inactivity.
As a Cathrodyne vessel drew near to Waystation, the all-important balance of power stood in sudden peril. The ship in itself was routine, but on board was a stranger, a man of undiscovered race, who spoke too little and knew too much.
The Secret Martians
By Jack Sharkey
Cover by Ed Valigursky
Jery Delvin had a most unusual talent. He could detect the flaws in any scheme almost on sight-even where they had eluded the best brains in the ad agency where he worked. So when the Chief of World Security told him that he had been selected as the answer to the Solar System's greatest mystery, Jery assumed tht is was because of his mental agility.
But when he got to Mars to find out why fifteen boys had vanished from a spaceship in mid-flight, he found out that even his quick mind needed time to pierce the maze of out-of-this-world double-dealing. For Jery had become a walking bomb, and when he set himself off, it would be the end of the entire puzzle of The Secret Martians, with Jery as the first to go!
Covers are clean. Each has a reading crease. Spine is taped at both ends. It looks like the corners on the Martians side are split.. Pages are off-white. Binding is tight and square.