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D-237 Secret Visitors/Master Of Life & Death GOOD
The Secret Visitors
By James White
When the World Security Organization asked Dr. Lockhart to treat their mysterious prisoner, they hadn't known that the dying old man would reply to their questions in a totally unknown tongue. They had expected the stranger to reveal some connection between himself and the world war which seemed imminent. But they had been thinking in terms of foreign spies-not alien beings!
Now suddenly they found themselves confronted with a gargantuan task-they had to find a way to another world, a means of communicating with creatures they could barely imagine. They had to stop a war that was originating in the farthest stars, or else surrender Earth unconditionally to The Secret Visitors.
James White builds this novel around a concept I've never encountered in science-fiction before; to wit, There are gazillions of planets out in the galaxy with intelligent life, human and otherwise. But none-repeat, none of these teeming worlds has the axial tilt that gives our earth so much of its natural beauty and seasonal variegation. Result: Earth, Galactic Tourist Trap. But in this story, the tourists get really trapped!
Master Of Life And Death
By Robert Silverberg
Cover by Ed Emshwiller
By the 23rd Century, Earth's population had reached seven billion. Mankind was in danger of perishing for lack of elbow room-unless prompt and drastic measured were taken. Right! Clearly, the big-government solution is the only hope for humanity. Al Gore, call your office, if you have one!
Roy Walton had the power to enforce these measures. Under his aegis, citizens were transplanted, sterilized, even executed, at the whims of Walton's bureaucrats. Not surprisingly, he found himself the most hated man in the world.
But Walton, a good guy despite the fact that his job has made him absolute dictator of humanity, finds plots within plots, and has to grope his way to a solution which will bring this atrocious reign to an end. Can he find it, before the world runs out of time?
A solid copy, but dull with storage dirt. Each side has a reading crease, and edge and corner wear. Upper right corner of Silverberg half has a small sticker and a dogear crease. Spine is taped at one end, heavily rubbed along edges, wrinkly. Pages are browned. binding is broken near the middle.