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Phoenix Ship / Earthrim

Ace Double Numbered Series

Nick Kamin
Leigh Richmond
Walt Richmond

Phoenix Ship

Earth had everything going for it. Not only was the mother planet top dog in the solar system---her weak colonies hanging on by the skin of their teeth had to heed her every whim.

Her spaceships were tops; her armament invincible; and she had just developed a new method of computerized schooling that seemed certain to develop an army of superminds to do Earth's bidding.

Yet, if all this was truly so, how was it that the pesky little mining ships of the poorest colonial offshoot of all---the barren rocks of the asteroid belt---had beaten Earth's fleet to a frazzle and her homemade strategists were outthinking the best of the whole Earth High Command?

Earthrim

The man who stopped the wars should be stopped in turn!

Highwood / Annihilation Factor

Ace Double Numbered Series

Barrington J. Bayley
Neal Barrett, Jr.

Highwood

On the tree world, the war of the sexes was endless - and inexplicable.

Annihilation Factor

Intervention from outside the Milky Way.

Life with Lancelot / Hunting on Kunderer

Ace Double Numbered Series

William Barton
John T. Phillifent

Life with Lancelot

He was pieced together from his own remains and returned to Earth a hero, but was he human?

Hunting on Kunderer

When the hunting party came to Kunderer all they thought of was the game they would be collecting. But the creatures they would be collecting had other thoughts on this. And not all those who had come to Kunderer were interested in hunting the locals...

The Star Virus / Mask of Chaos

Ace Double Numbered Series

Barrington J. Bayley
John Jakes

Mask of Chaos

On the masked world, the law is the deepest secret.

Mike was apprehensive about being stranded on Tome. But the peaceful city and the exquisite masks everyone wore somehow allayed his fears. The sculptured expressions of tranquility and the ghostly, frail smiles lulled him into serenity.

He soon compared his plight on Tome to a sojourn in Eden--until Mike met a flame-haired woman with an apple. She taught him to see the horror behind the masks, to look beyond what people and things "seem" to be.

But then again, he wasn't what he seemed to be. He didn't need a mask. He was a mask.

The Star Virus

They stole the focus of futurity.

We demand that you hand over the object.

Impossible. Ownership is in the hands of our clients.

Human ownership of the object is not admissible. Streall claim is absolute. You will notify of where-abouts.

It is already in transit.

We will intercept. Notify.

You claim must be made through the courts.

Human courts mean nothing to the Streall. Either you comply or Streall fleets will occupy the Kantor system.

Project Jove / The Hunters of Jundagai

Ace Double Numbered Series

Kenneth Bulmer
John S. Glasby

Project Jove

Directive: Descend through the intolerable and correct the impossible!

Norbert Donner and Project Director Stanton have worked on Project Jove for six years, observing the work in the Jupiter surface lab by means of the Fly, a remote-controlled exploratory ship.

But their peaceful studies are suddenly disturbed by Senator Clinton Durant, a somewhat paranoid politician from Earth, who is convinced Stanton is hiding something on Jupiter's methane and ammonia clouded surface. Durant decides to ride a Fly down to the surface laboratory, a place in which no human has set foot for ten years.

No one, least of all Donner and Stanton, can convince Durant of the danger he and his two assistants will face, as the South Tropical Disturbance is moving toward an intersection with the Great Red Spot, bringing with it storms devasting even by Jupiter's standards. Into this chaos Durant must plunge, intent on questioning the surface lab robots, whom he suspects of anti-human tendencies.

But Jupiter has other plans for Durant, and he soon finds himself at the mercy of the giant planet and the very men he has accused of treachery.

The Hunters of Jundagai

Quest and quarry are one in the dimensional steeplechase.

Cy Yancey dreamt of being a big game hunter adventuring in Africa. Little did he know that stepping into an alleyway outside his rifle club would lead him to the most important hunt in his life, a hunt that would take Cy much farther than Africa, a hunt through the worlds of the Dimensions, seeking, of all things, Earth!

For Yancey, in trying to grab a cab, ends up hitching a ride with Porteur Zelda and Jorie--escapees from the power of the mysterious Contessa.

Fleeing with them, Yancey is bounced from one Dimension to another until he arrives on Jundagai, planet of the Hunters.

On Jundagai lies the answer to Yancey's dreams. The Hunt reigns supreme, through often one is not sure what the quarry is. But Jundagai holds still a great attraction. Jundagai, Yancey's prison, holds the key to home. Yancey has only to find the right lock before death finds him.

The Ships of Durostorum / Alton's Unguessable

Ace Double Numbered Series

Jeff Sutton
Kenneth Bulmer

The Ships of Durostorum

WANTED: ONE ENGINEER

FOR MANAGERIAL POSITION IN IRUNIUM.

WAGES HIGH. DEATH BENEFITS SUDDEN.

"I am the Contessa Perdita di Montevarchi. Here in Irunium the only law is my will.

"I shall seek out another engineer. But this time he will be a real engineer from a dimension that understands these things, from Slikitter, probably from Earth. He will be treated with respect because his function is valuable to me. Almost inevitably he will terminate as this offal terminated, but that is to be expected of imperfect tools.

"He will not at first see the slaves in the mines and I do not with him treated as a slave. My mines must continue to produce gems for my trace across the Dimensions. An engineer is needed so I shall find one...."

Alton's Unguessable

Beware the one-of-a-kind world!

Kar Kaballa / Tower of the Medusa

Ace Double Numbered Series

Lin Carter
George H. Smith

Kar Kaballa

Science fights magic on Earth's twin.

Kar Kaballa was the new king of the Gogs and rumor was that he would lead his barbaric cannibalistic band of Northern nomads down on a mad crusade against the civilized nations of the world. Cultured people found this improbably--but they were soon to learn better.

Their weapons were good, about as good as you could get in a Victorian army, which was what the period was. But there was a traveler in town with a weapon he said was better, an odd chap with a thing called a Gatling Gun from a country nobody ever heard of called the United States of America.

The question was...could this outlander, this Major Churchward, sell his unearthly import to the Empire soon enough--or would Kar Kaballa become the new Tamerlane of a bloody-dawned Twentieth Century?

Tower of the Medusa

The most dangerous thing in the universe--for the taking!

"You are the most notorious and celebrated jewel thief in the Near Stars. It was Kirin of Tellus who stole the Nine Diamonds of Pharvis from the dragon-guarded citadel beside the Flaming Sea. It was you who carried off the tiara of the Queen of Zodah, a trifle composed of eleven thousand matched fire-rubies, worth an emperor's ransom...I want you to steal something for me. I am a doctor of the Minor Thaumaturgies and I am come from Trevelon.

"The jewel we are after is called The MEdusa. It is concealed within a structure called the Iron Tower, which lies amidst the barren wastes of the uplands of Pelizon, guarded by a maze of traps and deadfalls. We have, over the centuries, and at frightful labor, obtained very precise and complete blueprints of the Tower...There will be no danger. No danger at all..."

The softly modulated voice of the starship interrupted the conversation.

"I have been under attack for the past 12.03 seconds," the ship observed calmly.

The Inheritors / The Gateway to Never

Ace Double Numbered Series

A. Bertram Chandler

The Inheritors

He was a cunning, ruthless opportunist who paid when he had to and stole when he could - but never whan there was the slightest chance of getting caught. That's what had John Grimes worried: here was Kane directly under the watchful eyes - and guns - of a Federation Survey vessel, openly engaging in kidnapping and trafficking in human flesh!
Despite the fact that the beautiful inhabitants of this Lost Colony faced a fate worse than death, a more cautious - or less gallant - officer would do nothing - secure in the knowledge that regardless of appearances there would be some loophole that placed the Law squarely on Kane's side. But Grimes, being Grimes, would have to act - knowing full well that to "interfere with a merchantmen on her lawful occasions" meant a blasted career... and knowing too that Drongo Kane never broke the law...

Gateway to Never

The air was alive with the vicious buzzing of the stun-guns. The smuggler was frozen in his squatting posture, paralyzed, unable to stir so much as a finger. But the robot moved. Its drive unit hammered shockingly and unrhythmically and it shot straight upwards. Beams from hastily switched on police searchlights swept the sky like the antennae of disturbed insects - then caught it, held it, a tiny bright star in a firmament that had never known any stars. At least four machine rifles were hammering, and an incandescent tracer arched upwards with deceptive slowness.
The lieutenant had drawn his laser pistol and the purple beam slashed across the darkness, power-wasting and desperate. Some hapless night-flying creature caught by the sword of lethal light exploded smokily.

It might have the machine rifles that found their mark, it might have been the laser pistol. Nobody ever knew. But the broken beat of the inertial drive ceased abruptly and the robot was falling, faster and faster...

"Down!" shouted somebody. "Get down!"

The Rim Gods / The High Hex

Ace Double Numbered Series

A. Bertram Chandler
Laurence M. Janifer
S. J. Treibich

The Rim Gods

Gods! Dragons! Fairies! Frog Princess! Knights! and much more. John Grimes faces them all.

The High Hex

Man all rockets - the satilite is haunted!

The Rim of Space / The Ship from Outside

Ace Double Numbered Series

A. Bertram Chandler

The Rim of Space

The Rim of Space is the first of A. Bertram Chandler's series featuring the "Rimrunners", who patrol the outer edge of the galaxy. The hero, Dereck Calver, joins the Rimrunners abroad the aptly named spaceship, The Forlorn Bitch, in an early attempt to escape the horrors of his past life.Here he meets the fated but beautiful Calamity Jane who brings disaster to Calver and his crew. Traveling through the darkness and loneliness to the planets, Tharn and Groller, the crew encounter hostility, espionage, space ghosts and storms, which test their comradeship to the limit. Calver thought he had nothing left to lose but realized too late that "on the Rim, negation is too close to the living." This thrilling nautical adventure in outer space combines all the elements that have earned Bertram Chandler the reputation as "the C.S. Forester of space fiction.”

The Ship from Outside

The reward for rescuing Thermopylae is finally paid, and Calver and his shipmates from Lorn Lady purchase a ship and rename her The Outsider. Two years are spent as a charter to Rim Runners, then six months tramping, before Sonya Verrill reappears and engineers a charter from the Federation Survey Service to look for an alien derelict. She accompanies Outsider, but proves very disruptive to Jane Calver.

The Kar-Chee Reign / Rogue Dragon

Ace Double Numbered Series

Avram Davidson

The Kar-Chee Reign

It was the distant future of Earth, and the mother planet of a glaxy-wide empire had been forgotten by her far-flung colonies. Forgotten, tired, old and stripped of her ores and natural fuels, Earth and the scattered bands of humans left behind were totally unprepared for the invasion of the strange, monstrous Kar-chee from the depths of the stars.

The Kar-chee had come to strip Earth of the few natural resources the planet had left--to crack the marrow of the aged planet and scavenge whatever of worth was left there. It was a massive, planet-wide operation in which continents were sunk and oceans drained, and if the tiny, insignificant humans died in these holocausts, what did that matter to the Kar-chee?

It mattered to the humans... and, at last, they began to fight.

Rogue Dragon

Here there be dragons...

Earth was old, her riches gone. Her children too had left her, all but a few who lived peacefully off the land. And then came the Kar-Chee, to crack Earth open and suck out what remained of her richness, threatening the twilight of the old planet with an evil beyond anything that had gone before.

With them they brought their servants, beasts so cruel and horrible that men could recall their like only from ancestral nightmares, and named them "Dragons..."

The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid

Ace Double Numbered Series

L. Sprague de Camp

The Virgin of Zesh

Welcome back to the planet Krishna - a wilderness of blue woods under three moons, where square-riggers sail the treacherous inland seas, where fierce humanoid natives with feathery antennae cross swords in endless war, and where a Terran outside the confines of the spaceport is strictly on his own!

The Tower of Zanid

It is the Year 2168--and men have become star-rovers.

The agreed-upon code is that sciences and gadgets beyond the cultural level of the peoples inhabiting the other planets will not be introduced by Earthmen, or other visitors.

Such is the situation on the planet of Krishna, most Earthlike in physical attributes, climate, and inhabitants, when adventurer Anthony Fallon decides to take the risk of winning a kingdom. With enough money, perhaps he can raise a private army...

But there is one risk that Anthony Fallon hesitates to take. Only under pain of death will he explore the mysteries of the dreaded TOWER OF ZANID!

Time to Teleport / Delusion World

Ace Double Numbered Series

Gordon R. Dickson

Time to Teleport

They called their secret society Members of the Human Race, but the majority of humanity preferred to call them "the Inhumans." That's because it was generally believed that they were a vicious masked gang of vivisectionists, mutators, and monster-makers.

Delusion World

There had to be a reason why that isolated human colony had been able to survive mankind's implacable enemies. But nobody had been able to get to the quaintly named Dunroamin to find out.

If they had a secret defence, it could be the answer to a hundred planets' prayers. And Feliz Gebrod realized as he came in for a crash landing that he'd know the secret sooner than he'd expected.

Except that what he encountered was a life-and-death riddle that had nothing to do with stellar defence. It was this: how can two mutually irreconcilable Utopias occupy the same space at the same time?

Lord of the Trees / The Mad Goblin

Ace Double Numbered Series

Philip José Farmer

Lord of the Trees

"Having lived long enough with the charming fairy tale created by my biographer, I feel the time has come for the truth to be known. I propose to tell all; of the origins of The Nine, the elixir that gives us nearly eternal youth and superhuman strength, the struggles between us that set the world atremble."

The follow-up to Jose Farmer's shocking and controversial A Feast Unknown.

The Mad Goblin

They were known simply as the Nine - grim and ancient rulers who thirty thousand years ago had discovered the key to eternal life and ever since had secretly held the world in thrall.

Once, Doc Caliban had been their servant and had shared their secrets. Now, appalled by their tyranny, he has turned against them, daring to challenge their centuries-old supremacy. Together with two henchmen whose superhuman skills match his own, Caliban sets out on the trail of the deadliest of the Nine: the mad goblin Iwaldi, the very incarnation of evil...

To Venus! To Venus! / The Jester at Scar

Ace Double Numbered Series

David Grinnell
E. C. Tubb

To Venus! To Venus!

S.O.S. from an analogue of hell.

The Jester at Scar

Scar: a harsh, inhospitable world with a vicious and shifting population of prospectors, drawn from every corner of the galaxy by rumours of a miraculous golden spore. To this violent planet come two more travellers, ready to try their luck among its lethal jungles: the cruel, mocking Lord of Jest - and Dumarest, driven by destiny on his endless search for Lost Earth...

A Yank at Valhalla / The Sun Destroyers

Ace Double Numbered Series

Edmond Hamilton
Ross Rocklynne

A Yank at Valhalla

Only a mortal could escape the Twilight of the Gods!

The Sun Destroyers

Collection containing:

  • Into the Darkness (1940)
  • Daughter of Darkness (1941)
  • Abyss of Darkness (1942)
  • Rebel of the Darkness (1951)

Tonight We Steal the Stars / The Wagered World

Ace Double Numbered Series

John Jakes
Laurence M. Janifer
S. J. Treibich

Tonight We Steal the Stars

In II Galaxy, only Wolf Dragonard can make the impossible possible.

The Wagered World

The astronauts didn't know they were betting the Earth on the toss of the dice!

The Iron Man with The Adventures of Dennis Dorgan

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard, creator of CONAN THE BARBARIAN, wrote the most popular adventure stories ever - because his roustabout heroes speak to the secret soul under all our civilized skins. You've read the stories of Conan, Cormac mac Art, and Red Sonja. Now read about contemporary adventures cut from the same cloth; men who will not willing trade a thrilling life for a safe one., and who go into combat against antagonists with the same wild joy as their barbarian forebears. In settings ranging from the secretive Orient to much nearer home, here are stories of heroes of our own time, from the author who knew best what heroes were all about.

The Sky is Falling / Badge of Infamy

Ace Double Numbered Series

Lester del Rey

The Sky is Falling

Dave stared around the office. He went to the window and stared upwards at the crazy patchwork of the sky. For all he knew, in such a sky there might be cracks. In fact, as he looked, he could make out a rift, and beyond that a... hole... a small patch where there was no color, and yet the sky there was not black. There were no stars there, though points of light were clustered around the edges, apparently retreating.

Badge of Infamy

Daniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend's life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he's a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient. But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he's hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, Feldman finds himself a pivotal figure. War erupts. Earth is poised to wipe out the Mars colony utterly. A cure to the plague is the price of peace, and only Feldman can find it.

The Space Barbarians / The Eyes of Bolsk

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert Lory
Mack Reynolds

The Space Barbarians

John of the Hawks was a proud, young man, proud of his people, proud of his heritage, and proud of his ability to count coup on his clann's traditional enemies. He knew what was right and what was wrong - the four great books had laid down the way things had to be.

Which is why the uncouth ways of the clannless drifters from space outraged him so. Not only did these peddlers know nothing of the finesse of proper combat, they knew nothing of the respect due to such things as the coup stick, the right way to capture a wife, and the sanctity of the clann's elders.

Worse still, they had some idiotic notion that that cheap silvery metal so commonly used for plumbing and horse-bits, known as platinum, was somehow of special merit.

Well, one could excuse an outrage or two on the grounds of ignorance, but there came a time when any good clannsman, such as John certainly was, must decide to teach these barbarians from space a lesson!

The Eyes of Bolsk

Was he puppet or sword-arm for a world's unseen master?

Masters of the Lamp / A Harvest of Hoodwinks

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert Lory

Masters of the Lamp

Send a spy to find a god.

A Harvest of Hoodwinks

Collection including:

  • Foreword - essay
  • Archimedes' Lever - (1968) - shortstory
  • Mar-ti-an - (1964) - shortstory
  • The Star Party - (1964) - shortstory
  • Futility Is Zuck - (1970) - shortstory
  • Snowbird and the Seven Warfs - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Locator - (1968) - shortstory
  • Appointment at Ten O'Clock - (1964) - shortstory
  • Only a God - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Fall of All-Father - (1970) - shortstory
  • Because of Purple Elephants - (1970) - shortstory
  • Rolling Robert - (1970) - shortstory
  • Debut - (1966) - shortstory

Kalin / The Bane of Kanthos

Ace Double Numbered Series

Alex Dain
E. C. Tubb

Kalin

Many times, Dumarest's dream of Earth has almost cost him his life. As he journeys from world to world, restlessly moving outwards towards the edge of the galaxy where his goal lies, Dumarest must be alert, watchful. For there are new dangers - forces more powerful than man - which threaten his dream. On a planet where violence and superstition hold sway, Dumarest forges a bond with the prophetess Kalin. And now, more than ever, he needs her. Kalin. The mutant girl whose mysterious talent for seeing into the future has already saved him from Bloodtime on Logis, from space-disaster, from slavery on desolate Chron. Kalin. Who can foretell the terrors yet to come.

The Bane of Kanthos

Deep in the dark heart of the Amazon, adventurer Robert Lansing is hurled into an alternate world, a primitive place where Vikings rove the seas, magic abounds and wizards toil to release an ancient curse upon the inhabitants. Armed only with sword and shield, Lansing must defend the beautiful Princess Ilyana and battle a nightmare horror from another dimension. If he fails, all will be lost...

No Time For Heroes / Alice's World

Ace Double Numbered Series

Sam J. Lundwall

No Time for Heroes

Survival technique for a one-man planet team-run!

Alice's World

Terra through the science fiction looking glass.

Recoil / Lallia

Ace Double Numbered Series

Claude Nunes
Rhoda Nunes
E. C. Tubb

Recoil

The more the aliens tampered, the more inexplicable the human reaction.

Lallia

Dumarest continues his restless wandering - combing the spaceways for an ancient and almost forgotten planet called Earth. Then, on a primitive world, he fights a giant mutant for the life of the lovely psychic Lallia - and wins a vital clue that could lead him to the end of his quest...

Mister Justice / Hierarchies

Ace Double Numbered Series

John T. Phillifent
Doris Piserchia

Mister Justice

Were those strange episodes of retribution the work of a time-traveling man of honor--or a power-mad avenger?

Hierarchies

She and her pet were only a cover-up for the theft of the Crown Stones--and the few who knew might have to die for it!

Ipomoea / The Brass Dragon

Ace Double Numbered Series

Marion Zimmer Bradley
John Rackham

Ipomoea

Science is never neutral - and neither are the stars!

The Brass Dragon

It's bad enough for a teen-age boy to wake up with amnesia, strange burns on his legs, and even stranger nightmares. But when a creepy stranger claiming to be his father tried to remove him from the hospital, his adventure was just beginning -- unless, of course, the adventure had already happened.

The Winds of Darkover / The Anything Tree

Ace Double Numbered Series

Marion Zimmer Bradley
John Rackham

The Winds of Darkover

Dan Barron was a rational and efficient member of the Terran space-force - until nightmare visions drove him from the safety of the trade city into the unmapped heart of the Darkovan mountain ranges. Into an ancient battle that would shape the destiny of more than one world.

The Anything Tree

On Jensen's wold, the Tree is master and man the servant.

The Rival Rigelians and Planetary Agent X

Ace Double Numbered Series

Mack Reynolds

The Rival Rigelians

The team from Earth had the task of raising backward planets to the home world's high level. The situation on Rigel was this:

"The most advanced culture on Rigel's first planet is to be compared to the Italian cities during Europe's feudalistic yeas. The most advanced of the second planet is comparable to the Aztecs at the time of the Spanish conquest."

"These planets are in your control to the extent that no small group has ever dominated millions before. No Caesar ever exerted the power that will be in your collective hands. For half a century, you will be as gods and goddesses!"

But the Rigelians were themselves descended from the lost colonists of old Earth and they could learn their lessons as fast as they could be taught.

In fact, they could even teach their teachers a thing or two. And therein lay the peril the professors from space never dreamed of.

Planetary Agent X

Newly accepted as a Special Agent of the star-spanning United Planets organization, Ronny Bronston found that his first assignment was one which had taken the lives of dozens of agents before him: he was to track down a man named Tommy Paine.

The People Trap plus Mindswap

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert Sheckley

The People Trap

Collection containing:

  • The People Trap - (1968) - short story
  • The Victim from Space - (1957) - short story
  • Shall We Have a Little Talk? - (1965) - novelette
  • Restricted Area - (1953) - short story
  • The Odor of Thought - (1953) - short story
  • The Necessary Thing - (1955) - short story
  • Redfern's Labyrinth - (1968) - short story
  • Proof of the Pudding - (1952) - short story
  • The Laxian Key - (1954) - short story
  • The Last Weapon - (1953) - short story
  • Fishing Season - (1953) - short story
  • Dreamworld - (1968) - short story
  • Diplomatic Immunity - (1953) - novelette
  • Ghost V - (1954) - short story

Mindswap

In the future, interstellar travel to alien worlds will be too expensive for most ordinary people. It certainly is for Marvin, a college student who wants to take a really good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford, a mindswap, in which your consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien lifeform. But Marvin is unlucky, and finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal, a body that he has to vacate fast. But that criminal consciousness has stolen Marvin's earthly body, and Marvin has to find a body on the black market.

Travel from world to world with Marvin, each one crazier than the last, as he keeps finding far from ideal bodies in awful situations, just to stay alive.

The Status Civilization and Notions: Unlimited

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert Sheckley

The Status Civilization

Will Barrent had no memory of his crime... but he found himself shipped across space to a brutal prison-planet. On Omega, his only chance to advance himself -- and stay alive -- is to commit an endless series of violent crimes. The average inmate's life expectancy from time of arrival is three years. Can Barrent survive, escape, and return to Earth to clear his name?

Notions: Unlimited

Human beings wired for spontaneous romance... machines intercepting murderers before they kill... an organization that makes hangover nightmares come true... a killer organism that feeds on atom bombs and thrives on being blown up from time to time! Notions: Unlimited, a fantastic exploration into the galaxies of probability.

Invaders from Earth and To Worlds Beyond

Ace Double Numbered Series

Robert Silverberg

Invaders from Earth

Earth's colony on Ganymede is under attack. The people of Earth demand reprisal, and the United Nations must take action to protect the interests of the people.

But Ted Kennedy is worried. He has been to Ganymede and seen the "people"; and knows a truth too terrifying to reveal. Only he can convince the leaders of Earth that they are victims of a hoax. His life may be forfeit, but he is determined to live long enough to stop the INVADERS FROM EARTH

To Worlds Beyond

Collection containing:

  • The Old Man - (1957) - shortstory
  • New Men for Mars - (1957) - novelette
  • Collecting Team - (1956) - shortstory
  • Double Dare - (1956) - shortstory
  • The Overlord's Thumb - (1958) - novelette
  • Ozymandias - (1958) - shortstory
  • Certainty - (1959) - shortstory
  • Mind for Business - (1956) - shortstory
  • Misfit - (1957) - shortstory

The Three Suns of Amara / Battle on Venus

Ace Double Numbered Series

William F. Temple

The Three Suns of Amara

Wher the natural laws of the universe are suspended, so is sanity.

Battle on Venus

Earth's first spaceship to Venus landed amidst a war where strange weapons like the archaic ones used in the old wars on Earth in the twentieth century hurled shells at each other. But this war had lasted over a thousand years--and by remote control!

George Starkey had to find a way to stop the war before the little group of astronauts became early casualties. But how? Where were the headquarters of the contending sides and how do you tell a robot tank that you're neutral?

But George had an ally, a Venusian girl who thought stealing was virtuous--and, unknowingly, he had something else that turned out to be the most valuable substance on Venus--a box of chocolate bars!

Technos / A Scatter of Stardust

Ace Double Numbered Series

E. C. Tubb

Technos

Dumarest has traced the lost planet of Earth to one remote corner of the galaxy, but he still lacks its precise co-ordinates. Somewhere on the cyber-dominated police-world of Technos lives the mysterious woman who can help him. And the only way to find her is to become a slave...

A Scatter of Stardust

Collection containing:

  • The Bells of Acheron - (1957) - shortstory
  • Anne - (1966) - shortstory
  • Return Visit - (1958) - shortstory
  • The Shrine - (1960) - shortstory
  • Survival Demands! - (1972) - shortstory
  • Little Girl Lost - (1955) - shortstory
  • The Eyes of Silence - (1957) - shortstory
  • Enchanter's Encounter - (1959) - novelette

The Winds of Gath / Derai

Ace Double Numbered Series

E. C. Tubb

The Winds of Gath

This is the tale of Earl Dumarest. Space-wanderer, gladiator-for-hire, seeker of Man's forgotten home. Dumarest's search begins on the ghost-world of Gath, where he becomes unwilling champion of the Matriarch of Kund, and must undergo a fight-to-the-death at stormtime. Victory could give Dumarest his first clue to the whereabouts of the planet he fled from as a child - an obscure world scarred by ancient wars, which lies countless light years from the thickly populated centre of the galaxy; a world no-one else in the inhabited universe believed exists. Earth, the birthplace of Man.

Derai

Still driven by his search for Man's fabled birthplace, Earl Dumrest accepts a commission to guard the Lady Derai, heiress to the proud House of Caldor, on the feudal world of Hive. On Derai's home planet, Dumarest had hoped to meet a living witness to Earth. But instead he finds himself in the lists of the deadly Contest on Folgone - with the Lady of Caldor as prize. And on Folgone, for the first time, Dumarest confronts the Cybers: ruthless, emotionless tools of a great Gestalt which holds the mighty of the universe in its grip - a power which may yet provide him with the key to his quest for Earth.

Against Arcturus / Time Thieves

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 990

Dean Koontz
Susan K. Putney

Time Thieves

"Mr. Mullion," one of the triplets said, looming up twenty feet away as Pete followed the smooth railing. He stopped, his heart racing, but he felt a break in the rail as he did so. He edged forward a foot or two and felt around with his boot until he discovered a step. In a moment, blood pounding in his temples, he was halfway down toward the lower level, taking two risers at a time, no matter what the danger of a fall. He heard the mechanical man start after him as he set foot on the cement floor.

Against Arcturus

It's the story of an Earth activist who's tagged for a subversion mission on a small planet off in the galaxy a ways. Seems that when Earth got overpopulated, humans set out for other planets to colonize, and now those planets are rival factions. The Arcturans are humans, too, but an offshoot who's presently at war with Earth. The small planet in question is resource-rich and quite desirable to both sides. Arcturus in presently in control, and Earth wants to be.

Alien Art / Arcturus Landing

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 1685

Gordon R. Dickson

Alien Art

On the planet Arcadia, a young man and woman and a swamp otter join together to haul the otter's eleven hundred pound statue overland to meet the deadline of a prospective buyer from another planet.

Arcturus Landing

Quarantine...Ever since Earth's first starship crept out on sublight drive a hundred years ago and was met by an emissary of the Galactic Federation, man has lived as a prisoner in the solar system. The Federation decreed that unless man could demonstrate his technological maturity and leave the solar system via a faster-than-light drive, he would not leave it at all. All Earth knows the test that man must pass to win Galactic Citizenship and the freedom of the stars; the FTL drive is every physicist's top priority. But what they cannot know is that they work against both an alien time-limit and human sabotage - and time is running out. Unless John Parent's star-drive project is successful, mankind will remain trapped in the solar system, forever...

Electric Sword Swallowers / Beyond Capella

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 5595

Kenneth Bulmer
John Rackham

Electric Sword Swallowers

Delilah was beautiful. Delilah was sexy. And Delilah was to blame for all of Ferdie Foxlee's problems. She had let him down at the crucial moment by falling apart. Literally. And in pieces.

Her right eye popped, dangling on multicoloured cables. Her right breast spun around and flew off into the distance. As her fuses blew, her smile melted in a blaze of sparks.

As an expert in ectoplasmic electronic creations, Ferdie had clearly failed. But eepee experts - even one like Ferdie - are in very high demand. So when he panicked and ran, he ran into the waiting arms of the underworld...

Beyond Capella

They gave him an expendable ship, a screwball crew, and an enemy nobody could locate.

Blackman's Burden / Border, Breed Nor Birth

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 6612

Mack Reynolds

Blackman's Burden

Africa blazes in tomorrow's world!

Border, Breed Nor Birth

Is this the destiny of the dark continent?

The Blind Worm / Seed of the Dreamers

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 6707

Emil Petaja
Brian Stableford

The Blind Worm

Bizarre struggles for power consumed the mutated inhabitants of Earth, a planet who oceans had dried into salt beds and whose densely vegatated plains had become the impregnable entity the Wildland.

The black king, John Tamerlane, black of body and of blood, was the first to claim Earth. But Sum, a powerful aggregate mind, controlled Earth through the Wildland, and sought to keep it as the base of its universe. Only a demon's price would pry the prize from Sum. And only the Blind Worm, a massive, misfit creation of a deranged mind, could satisfy Sum's demands.

viciously they battled through time and the universe--pseudo-man and animal-machine. Their quest was Earth, but they were willing to ravage even that for power.

Seed of the Dreamers

Brad Mantee, starcop on the galazy's rim, was on a routine mission when everything started to go wrong. His perfect record with star control, the vast network of galactic dictatorship, slipped suddenly into oblivion as he found himself in hot pursuit of the madman who had stolen his ship and with it, the secret that could cost him his career--at the very least.

Unfortunately, Brad's best chance was through the madman's daughter, a girl from the one organization Star Control most detested. Their search led them ultimately to a primitive and uncharted planet where fiction became fact and dreams became flesh, but where also lurked a threat of universal slavery more total than man had ever known...

Earthstrings / The Chariots of Ra

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 10293

Kenneth Bulmer
John Rackham

Earthstrings

Its prize space-colony had grown siltent - and Earth wanted to know why.

The Chariots of Ra

The chariots came on at great speed and there was no mistaking their purpose. Tulley wondered if they were using this place as a base... Then an arrow plunked into the parapet of his chariot. Oolou lashed the reins. The nageres sprang forward. With suicidal speed the two chariot groups closed on each other.

Tulley swallowed down, feeling the dryness in his throat, loosed a shaft at the oncoming mass. There must be twenty chariots out there...

He glanced at Oolou, shouting. She stared back at him with a ghastly grin, the blood pouring from her neck above the corselet where an arrow stood, stark and brutal.

Clockwork's Pirates / Ghost Breaker

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 11182

Ron Goulart

Clockwork's Pirates

Kidnapped by Clockwork, and ransomed by robots, and marked for death by mean-minded mechanisms.

Ghost Breaker

Collection including:

  • Please Stand By - (1962) - shortstory
  • Uncle Arly - (1962) - shortstory
  • Help Stamp Out Chesney - shortstory
  • McNamara's Fish - (1963) - shortstory
  • Kearny's Last Case - (1965) - shortstory
  • Breakaway House - (1966) - shortstory
  • The Ghost Patrol - (1968) - shortstory
  • The Strawhouse Pavillion - (1970) - shortstory
  • Fill in the Blank - (1967) - shortstory

The Communipaths / The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 11560

Suzette Haden Elgin
Louis Trimble

The Communipaths

Which was the true path - loyalty to self or service to the stars?

The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy

The problem of the invincible weapon and its invisible hijackers.

Computer War / Code Duello

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 11650

Mack Reynolds

Computer War

The odds were right for victory. The problem with computer warfare is that the computer is always logical while the human enemy is not - or doesn't have to be. And that's what the Betastani enemy were doing - nothing that the Alphaland computers said they would. Those treacherous foemen were avoiding logic and using such unheard-of devices as surprise and sabotage, treason and trickery. They even had Alphaland's Deputy of Information believing Betastani propaganda without even realizing it. Of course he still thought he was being loyal to Alphaland, because he thought that one and one must logically add up to two. And that kind of thinking could make him the biggest traitor of them all.

Code Duello

Section G, the top-secret security unit of United Planets, had a special problem on their hands wit the situation on Firenze. And for that special problem, they gathered together the most unusual squad in Section G's unusual history. It included: A research biologist who could bend steel bars like rubber bands A middle-aged lady with total total recall An interplanetary cowboy whose bullwhip was deadlier than a ray gun A brazen young lady acrobat who looked like an eight-year-old kid A mild young man who never lost a bet in his life And the best pickpocket that ever lived. But Firenze with its CODE DUELLO was to prove a match for the lot of them!

Conquerors from the Darkness / Master of Life and Death

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 11705

Robert Silverberg

Conquerors from the Darkness

A thousand years in the future, the earth has been conquered by an alien race and covered by a single sea. Dovirr Stargan, who is disgusted with the servility of his life on the floating city of Vythain, longs to become one of the Sea-Lords, who roam the sea as powerful protectors of the cities. Dovirr gets his wish, but the return of the alien race brings unexpected and critically dangerous crises to his new life as he learns the real, sometimes terrible, significance of power.

Master of Life and Death

Global overcrowding, a new immortality serum and an unfriendly alien ambassador are only a few of the problems confronting Roy Walton, government's new Master of Life and Death in Robert Silverberg's early and accomplished novel. Praised by a distinguished critic, Anthony Boucher, for "its complete clarity and narrative drive" the novel retains its power today.

Cradle of the Sun / The Wizards of Senchuria

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 12140

Kenneth Bulmer
Brian Stableford

Cradle of the Sun

Was the world's last coward mankind's final champion?

Call it soul, call it humanity, species--sentience, anything--it was missing. And not only was it gone from mankind, but from man's ancient enemies, the rats, as well. There was no will to power, no will to live... Both intelligent species were dying.

The task of regenerating the world fell to Kavan Lochlain, the last living coward. The only man who cared enough to feel fear, Kavan was afraid of everything. But this fear was going to take him to the Cradle of the Sun, because he was too frightened to let anything stop him.

The Wizards of Senchuria

Scobie Redfern was just a nice good-looking American young man who had never heard of such things as Portals, parallel worlds, and Trugs. So when someone materialized in his apartment with the Trugs in hot pursuit, it all seemed sort of a funny game. But there was nothing amusing about it once the monsters themselves arrived.

For it wasn't long before Scobie was himself running for his life from world to world and from Portal to Portal just to keep one jump ahead of the Trugs, and hoping that the Wizards of Senchuria might, just might, be able to get him back home alive and whole!

Alternate Orbits / The Dark Dimensions

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 13783

A. Bertram Chandler

Alternate Orbits

Collection containing:

  • Hall of Fame - (1969) - novelette (variant of The Kinsolving's Planet Irregulars)
  • The Sister Ships - novelette (variant of Sister Ships)
  • The Man Who Sailed the Sky - novelette
  • The Rub - (1970) - novelette

The Dark Dimensions

Strange things happen near the Rim of Space. John Grimes meets John Grimes in a tale from the outside of time and space.

Dark of the Woods / Soft Come the Dragons

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 13793

Dean Koontz

DARK OF THE WOODS

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt though be in the field.
Thou shalt be blessed above all...

Our holy empire of the Alliance of mankind has fulfilled our destiny. Remember the many heroic humans who have died in conquering the stars for you. Therefore, do not let misguided sympathy toward inferior and conquered animals deter you from your inherent title of divine rulers of the universe. Do not lose this birthright by succumbing to the "attractions" of any alien creature. Remember the penalties imposed by the Supremacy of Man party for this transgression.

Our blessings be with you as you follow in the paths of your brothers and sisters. We have faith in mankind and we have faith in you. But, however, should you falter from the paths of righteousness, we have many willing hands eager to show you the error of your ways....

SOFT COME THE DRAGONS

Mutilated, mutant by-products of America's "Artificial Wombs" created by attempts at producing human weapons...

An American team of doctors sent to China to combat the runaway ultimate in biological warfare...

The genetically mutated daughter of LSD users, hiding her powers in order to survive society...

And Gabe, the vital, young man mistakenly locked in an antiseptic old-age ward...

The following stories are included in this book:

  • "Soft Come the Dragons" (1967)
  • "A Third Hand" (1970) [F&SF, Jan 1970]
  • "The Twelfth Bed" (1968)
  • "A Season for Freedom" (1977) - [revised and re-issued version of "Killerbot" (1969)]
  • "The Psychedelic Children" (1968)
  • "Dragon In the Land" (1969)
  • "To Behold the Sun" (1967)

Dark Planet / The Herod Men

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 13805

Nick Kamin
John Rackham

Dark Planet

Planned death vs. unwanted birth in the Overpop Era.

The Herod Men

Step Two was Space Navy's Siberia - until one man learned of a third step.

Depression or Bust and Dawnman Planet

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 14250

Mack Reynolds

Mack Reynolds, a favorite of Science Fiction readers throughout the world, is best known for his novels of adventure, his wit, and especially for his ability to divine the social, economic and political developments of the future.

The two complete novels presented here are typical examples of his exceptional talents. DAWNMAN PLANET is a classic interplanetary adventure of the United Planets Organization -- a popular feature of many Reynolds' novels -- and its attempts to prevent a power-hungry madman and an advanced alien intelligence from conquering the galaxy. And DEPRESSION OR BUST, a novel making its first paperback appearance, is a biting but insightful satire on the political chaos resulting from an economic collapse that sweeps the United States of the future.

Dr. Futurity / The Unteleported Man

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 15697

Philip K. Dick

Dr. Futurity

Jim Parsons is a talented doctor, skilled at the most advanced medical techniques and dedicated to saving lives. But after a bizarre road accident leaves him hundreds of years in the future, Parsons is horrified to discover an incredibly advanced civilization that zealously embraces death. Now, he is caught between his own instincts and training as a healer and a society where it is illegal to save lives.

But Parsons is not the only one left who believes in prolonging life, and those who share his beliefs have desperate plans for Dr.Parsons' skills, and for the future of their society.

Dr. Futurity is not only a thrilling rendition of a terrifying future but it is also a fantastic examination of the paradoxes of time-travel that could only have come from the mind of Philip K. Dick.

The Unteleported Man

Nobody would want to spend 18 years on a spaceship when you can make the journey via teleportation in an instant. In seconds, the Telpor effect could teleport you from an overcrowded Earth. 40 million emigrants had found it a solution to Earth's problems of pollution and overcrowding. But Rachmael ben Applebaum wasn't sure. Because there was a problem with the gateway to paradise. No one had ever returned.

The Dragon Masters / The Last Castle

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 16641

Jack Vance

The Dragon Masters

Men have been at war for centuries with the reptilian race called "Basics." As conquerors always have, the winners of each bloody encounter have made slaves of the losers--but in this far-future war, each side has improved upon its slaves with genetic engineering.

And so at last there came to be two neighboring worlds: Aerlith, where men have raised a race of fearsome dragons to be their servants, and nearby Coralyne, where the descendants of those very dragons are served by strong, savage mutants who once were human. Inevitably, those two worlds would meet in one final contest...

The Last Castle

For 700 years the Meks served without complaint; they were indispensable, for no gentleman would demean himself with toil. But now they turn against the strongholds of civilization--Castle Halcyon, then Sea Island, Morninglight, and Maraval--one by one the proud castles of Earth fall; last standing is Castle Hagedorn.

The Ballad of Beta-2 / Empire Star

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 20571

Samuel R. Delany

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...

The Fall of the Dream Machine / The Star Venturers

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 22600

Kenneth Bulmer
Dean Koontz

THE FALL OF THE DREAM MACHINE

When all the world's a stage, director Cockley will run it. If there was a single phrase that captured the public's attention more than any other in 1967, it was this one: "The Medium is the Message." Marshall McLuhan not only made a fortune with it, but established himself as a prophet and philosopher. When McLuhan says the printed word is doomed in our age of electronic communication, everyone listens. Somehow, no one seems to notice that McLuhan's own predictions are presented via the printed word and - by his own theories - are doomed from the start.

Still, it frightens me to think of a future where all artistic outlets are electronic, where all of life becomes an open, sterile, and public thing. In this novel, I have tried to shape a society that has advanced along the lines of the predictions in The Medium is the Message... and then advanced a little further - a little to far.

McLuhan says we are drawing - via electronics - together again into a Village Society. A quick look around at television, telephones, and the recorded messages of today's pop music groups makes this seem a reasonable statement. But what will follow this village stage? A Household society? And after that what will we have - and be?

This is not truly a horror story. Not Quite.

THE STAR VENTURERS

"Heard of you?" The princess spoke with a great weariness. "We hear about all the adventurers of the galaxy. So far all have failed. You will fail too. I know it--but I must go on trying to find the prince. When you are dead and scattered into atoms we shall find another strong man and try again."

"One day, perhaps, we shall succeed. Maybe you will, but I doubt it. You too will be destroyed like all the others."

With these words of confidence ringing in his ears, Big Bill Jarrett was sent out on an impossible journey--one he knew could kill him if he went, and would kill him if he didn't.

Fear That Man / Toyman

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 23140

Dean Koontz
E. C. Tubb

Fear that Man by Dean R. Koontz

The galaxy had forgotten war and evil-until the man without a past intervened.

Toyman by E.C. Tubb

They called their planet toy, but the games the toymen played involved the fate of worlds.

Final War and Other Fantasies / Treasure of Tau Ceti

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 23775

K. M. O'Donnell
John Rackham

Final War and Other Fantasies

Barry Malzberg's first collection, published under the pseudonym "K. M. O'Donnell", and including the stories:

  • Final War - (1968)
  • Death to the Keeper - (1968)
  • A Triptych - (1969)
  • How I Take Their Measure - (1969)
  • Oaten - (1968)
  • The Ascension - (1969)
  • The Major Incitement to Riot - (1969)
  • Cop-Out - (1968)
  • We're Coming Through the Window - (1967)
  • The Market in Aliens - (1968)
  • By Right of Succession - (1969)

Treasure of Tau Ceti

Think unearthly - and the world's wisdom is yours.

The Five Way Secret Agent and Mercenary From Tomorrow

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 24035

Mack Reynolds

The Five Way Secret Agent

The world situation has become so confused that a young American living on Negative Income Tax finds himself drafted into an international espionage assignment by no less than 5 opposing interests.

Mercenary From Tomorrow

21st Centure Earth--a world where work is forgotten, where the masses fight boredom with trank pills and telly, and where it is almost impossible to leave the social class you were born in. You could break the class barrier only by hiring yourself out as a mercenary to fight in the prime-time wars that are fought to keep the telly-viewing public satisfied. That is the only way to move up the ladder...if you could stay alive long enough...

Flower of Doradil / A Promising Planet

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 24100

John Rackham
Jeremy Strike

Flower of Doradil

Amazons are out of bounds for Earthlings.

A Promising Planet

Talk to me Thunder and Lightning.

Four-Day Planet and Lone Star Planet

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 24892

H. Beam Piper
John J. McGuire

Table of Contents:

  • Four-Day Planet - (1961) - novel by H. Beam Piper
  • Lone Star Planet - novel by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire (variant of A Planet for Texans 1958)

Read Four-Day Planet for free at Project Gutenberg.
Read Lone Star Planet for free at Project Gutenberg.

Gallagher's Glacier / Positive Charge

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 27235

Leigh Richmond
Walt Richmond

Gallagher's Glacier

His cosmic ice was too hot for the space tycoon to handle!

Positive Charge

Collection containing:

  • M'Lord Is the Shepherd - (1965) - shortstory
  • If the Sabot Fits... - (1968) - shortstory
  • Cows Can't Eat Grass - (1967) - shortstory
  • Shorts Wing - (1970) - shortstory
  • Shortstack - (1964) - novelette
  • Shortsite - (1964) - shortstory
  • I, BEM - (1964) - shortstory
  • Prologue to... an Analogue - (1961) - novelette

The Gates of Time / Dwellers of the Deep

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 27400

K. M. O'Donnell
Neal Barrett, Jr.

The Gates of Time

The last Earthman vs. the Empire that died before Earth was born.

Dwellers of the Deep

What! A science fiction novel about science fiction fans? And why not? Or - like it says in this novel: "Do you really think that a group of science fiction fans could save this planet? Could understand this situation to save it?" "I most certainly do," she says. "Who else?" Who else, indeed? Not since Frederic Brown's "What Mad Universe" has there been a novel like this.

In the Pocket and Other S-F Stories / Gather in the Hall of the Planets

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 27415

K. M. O'Donnell

In the Pocket and Other S-F Stories

Malzberg's second collection, published under the J. K. O'Donnell pseudonym used for his early work.

Contents:

  • In the Pocket - (1970)
  • Gehenna - (1971)
  • Ah, Fair Uranus - (1971)
  • Notes Just Prior to the Fall - (1970)
  • As Between Generations - (1970)
  • The Falcon and the Falconeer - (1969)
  • July 24, 1970 - (1969)
  • Pacem Est - (1970) - with Kris Neville
  • The New Rappacini - (1970)
  • Bat - (1971)
  • A Question of Slant - (1971)
  • What Time Was That? - (1969)
  • A Soulsong to the Sad, Silly, Soaring Sixties - (1971)
  • Addendum - (1971)
  • The Idea - (1971)

Gather in the Hall of the Planets

Science fiction writer Sanford Kvass has a problem. Three problems, actually. He's suffering from terrible writer's block and owes his agent a large sum of money. The last thing he needs is the approaching distraction of the World Science Fiction Convention, with it's obsessive fans, sex-mad SF groupies and professional writers and editors getting drunk and behaving badly. But we said 'three problems', didn't we? The best that can be said about Sanford Kvass' third problem is that it renders his first two irrelevant.

Kvass is approached by an alien (a genuine alien, not a cosplay one) who informs him that the human race is to be tested: an alien will appear at the World Science Fiction Convention, disguised as a human being, and unless Kvass can unmask it, the Earth will be destroyed. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn't present much of a challenge. All he'd have to do, is to observe as many people as he could and identify the one who clearly had no experience of normal social interaction. Voila! One unmasked alien. There's just one problem: this is Worldcon...

The Green Millennium / Night Monsters

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 30300

Fritz Leiber

Table of Contents:

  • The Green Millennium - (1953) - novel
  • The Black Gondolier - (1964) - novelette
  • Midnight in the Mirror World - (1964) - shortstory
  • I'm Looking for Jeff - (1952) - shortfiction
  • The Casket-Demon - (1963) - shortstory

The Hard Way Up / The Veiled World

Ace Double Numbered Series: Book 31755

Robert Lory
A. Bertram Chandler

The Hard Way Up

Collection including:

  • With Good Intentions - shortstory by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Subtracter - (1969) - novelette by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Tin Messiah - (1972) - shortstory by A. Bertram Chandler
  • Sleeping Beauty - (1970) - novelette by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Wandering Buoy - (1970) - shortstory by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Mountain Movers - (1971) - novelette by A. Bertram Chandler
  • What You Know - (1971) - novelette by A. Bertram Chandler

The Veiled World

Shamryke Odell, save the worlds!