The Day of the Burning Author:Barry N. Malzberg The fate of the human race lay in the shaking hands of George Mercer, an insignificant and slightly neurotic employee of the New York Department of Welfare. Or did it? — George had been informed, by an accredited emissary of the Galactic Overlords, the he had 12 hours in which to prove the people of the Earth worthy of admission into the Galactic... more » Federation. George, and George alone, would represent all of mankind. If he failed the entire planet would be destroyed.
Was all this a nightmare of delusion dredged up by his tortured subconscious? Or a very real nightmare that would end in the day of the burning...« less