The Throne of Saturn Author:Allen Drury Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 73-138928 First Edition — "1. The satellite whirled around the globe, a tiny silver bubble lost in the sky's infinitude. With the perfect precision built into it by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena it photographed on every pass the changing features of the bu earth below. Nothing escaped it, as n... more »othing escaped its many brothers from many brothers from many lands, which all followed, each in is particular equatorial or polar orbit, the activities of the nations that launched them and the activities of those nations' enemies. All were on guard; and on this day as on many other days the vigil was rewarded, secrets were discovered, warnings were conveyed to important people whose responsibilities and suspicions required them to keep an eye on one another.
"The calendar was pushing toward the eighties, and on the earth and in the sky there as, as always, little peace and less goodwill, toward men who had conquered almost everything but Man..."« less