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The Ballad of Beta-2 / Empire Star
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The Ballad of Beta-2 / Empire Star

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Author: Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: Robert Hale, 1978
Ace Books, 1975
Series: Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 20571

0. Ipomoea / The Brass Dragon
0. The Winds of Darkover / The Anything Tree
0. The Rim Gods / The High Hex
0. The Inheritors / The Gateway to Never
0. The Ships of Durostorum / Alton's Unguessable
0. Tonight We Steal the Stars / The Wagered World
0. To Venus! To Venus! / The Jester at Scar
0. The Sky is Falling / Badge of Infamy
0. The Three Suns of Amara / Battle on Venus
0. Technos / A Scatter of Stardust
0. Lord of the Trees / The Mad Goblin
0. The Winds of Gath / Derai
0. The Star Virus / Mask of Chaos
0. Highwood / Annihilation Factor
0. Masters of the Lamp / A Harvest of Hoodwinks
0. The Space Barbarians / The Eyes of Bolsk
0. Kalin / The Bane of Kanthos
0. Kar Kaballa / Tower of the Medusa
0. Life with Lancelot / Hunting on Kunderer
0. Mister Justice / Hierarchies
0. No Time For Heroes / Alice's World
0. Project Jove / The Hunters of Jundagai
0. Recoil / Lallia
0. A Yank at Valhalla / The Sun Destroyers
0. Phoenix Ship / Earthrim
0. Time to Teleport / Delusion World
0. The Kar-Chee Reign / Rogue Dragon
0. The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid
0. The Iron Man with The Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
0. The Status Civilization and Notions: Unlimited
0. The People Trap plus Mindswap
0. Invaders from Earth and To Worlds Beyond
0. The Rival Rigelians and Planetary Agent X
0. The Rim of Space / The Ship from Outside
990. Against Arcturus / Time Thieves
1685. Alien Art / Arcturus Landing
5595. Electric Sword Swallowers / Beyond Capella
6612. Blackman's Burden / Border, Breed Nor Birth
6707. The Blind Worm / Seed of the Dreamers
10293. Earthstrings / The Chariots of Ra
11182. Clockwork's Pirates / Ghost Breaker
11560. The Communipaths / The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy
11650. Computer War / Code Duello
11705. Conquerors from the Darkness / Master of Life and Death
12140. Cradle of the Sun / The Wizards of Senchuria
13783. Alternate Orbits / The Dark Dimensions
13793. Dark of the Woods / Soft Come the Dragons
13805. Dark Planet / The Herod Men
14250. Depression or Bust and Dawnman Planet
15697. Dr. Futurity / The Unteleported Man
16641. The Dragon Masters / The Last Castle
20571. The Ballad of Beta-2 / Empire Star
22600. The Fall of the Dream Machine / The Star Venturers
23140. Fear That Man / Toyman
23775. Final War and Other Fantasies / Treasure of Tau Ceti
24035. The Five Way Secret Agent and Mercenary From Tomorrow
24100. Flower of Doradil / A Promising Planet
24892. Four-Day Planet and Lone Star Planet
27235. Gallagher's Glacier / Positive Charge
27400. The Gates of Time / Dwellers of the Deep
27415. In the Pocket and Other S-F Stories / Gather in the Hall of the Planets
30300. The Green Millennium / Night Monsters
31755. The Hard Way Up / The Veiled World

Book Type: Omnibus
Genre: Science-Fiction
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The Ballad of Beta-2

Centuries ago, the Star Folk had left Earth on twelve spaceships on a generations-long mission to colonize the distant stars. Ten of the ships had reached thier destination. Two had failed--and nobody, in the hundreds of years since the disaster, had the slightest inkling of what had happened.

Joneny, a student of galactic anthropology, was assigned the problem. It had seemed routine to him. Just some faster-than-light travel to the two wrecked ships, a bit of poking around and then writing up his findings.

But he was ill-prepared for what he found in space at the site of the two ancient worlds. One, the Sigma-9, was not subject to the laws of time-stasis (the only exception he knew of), and it was covered entirely with a mysterious green fire that shimmered so much that it seemed alive. And the other ship, the Beta-2, was nowhere to be seen.

Empire Star

The dying alien from the ship that crashed onto Rhys gave Comet Jo a jewel, and begged him to take it to the heart of the Galactic Empire. And, seeing no reason to miss an adventure, Comet Jo started out for the fabled Empire Star. But his journey was to have far-reaching consequences - consequences that could disrupt all the known laws of Time and Space...


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