The Byworlder Author:Poul Anderson Signet, 1971. 1st printing, Sept. 1971. Paperback original. 1998 SFWA Grand Master Award. ISBN: 067172178X. First Edition. — The Secret of the Sigman- — Skip Wayburn, artist, drifter, sigaroon, gulped down his food with nothing on his mind but a long evening of lovemaking. — Far above him, the first emissary from interstellar space continued to orb... more »it the globe. For three years it had been there and still there were nothing but questions. What had lured the voyager from Sigma Draconis to Earth? How did the creature plan to use its incredible power? And most important, why was it waiting...and for what?
Then in a blinding flash of insight, Skip Wayburn suddenly knew the answers...knew with dead certainty why the Sigman had come, who "he" was, and precisely what the Earthmen must do.
But who would listen to the far-out ideas of a mere sigaroon? Skip didn't know. But someone had to listen---and fast.« less