It was in wide-eyed horror that Roy Gardner heard the news from the Chief of Security. In just sixty-seven years, the Earth would be totally destroyed by the planet Lurion.
That data had been compiled by the invincible computer. With unwavering faith in the machine, humans had only one recourse: destroy Lurion, and its billions of natives, first!
And the man to do the job was Gardner. If he did it successfully, the blood of those billions would be on his hands; if he fouled up, he would be the worst traitor in Terrestrial history. And not even he knew which course he would pursue when he finally learned that even the all-wise machine had not known all the facts.
We Claim These Stars!
(A Handful Of Stars)
By Poul Anderson
Cover by Ed Valigursky
All's fair in love and war-and with the galaxy split in conflict between two implacable confederations, anything ought to go. Still, how do you plan the ambush and capture of a tremendously capable telepath?
The intended victim, the weird genius from an uncharted world and the right arm of the enemy's general staff, not only knew everything thought nearby, he could read minds a a distance. So the problem posed to Dominic Flandry, Captain of Terran Intelligence, was a real killer.
To make matters worse, the telepath in question was equally interested in putting Flandry out of commission. The fate of many planets might depend on which of the two triumphed.
Covers are clean and bright, with NO wear or creasing except for one crinkle in the Stars side. Spine is taped at one end. it looks like there is a long corner tear beneath. Pages are tan. Binding is tight and square.