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Triad: Three Complete Science Fiction Novels
Triad Three Complete Science Fiction Novels Author:A. E. van Vogt Simon and Schuster (c) 1960 — Publication date 1960 — Book Club Edition — This hardcover book contains three stories by A. E. van Vogt: THE WORLD OF A; THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLE; SLAN — THE WORLD OF A — The year is 2650 A.D. Earth is a utopia whose leaders are selected by an omniscient Machine... and whose people, governed by a rigid scientific ... more »philosophy, seem forever protected from strife and war.
Yet Gilbert Gooseyn faced a fact that defied all the logic of his training. Standing before what was his own bullet-riddled corpse, he found himself alive in an identical body! - possessing a half-realized knowledge that offered the only hope of saving the entire solar system from conquest by alien forces.
THE VOYAGE OF THE SPACE BEAGLE
Carrying its tiny segment of humanity, the expeditionary ship Space Beagle sped at an ever increasing velocity through a night that had no end. Man had reached the outer planets and continued to press on, searching out the secrets of the limitless universe.
Suddenly, countless light-years from home, the Space Beagle and its crew found themselves no longer detached observers, but engaged in desperate struggles for survival with alien life forms that surpassed any earthly nightmare - the tentacled, catlike monster that fed on the energy of living beings... a weird, bird-like race with deep hypnotic powers... a malignant creature that could pass through solid matter and sought to make the ship its home...
Here is just a preview of the strangest, most exciting journey ever made.
Jimmy Cross was a slan. Human beings had killed this mother. Mankind hated and feared his entire race. Regarded as artificially created monsters, the slans had suffered near extinction in a series of bloody wars that left civilization in the grip of a world police state.
Though human to outer appearances, Jimmy Cross knew that the slim, half-concealed tentacles in his hair were both a source of his superiority and a mark by which men could recognize and hunt him down as a slan.
Now, suddenly left alone and friendless in the world's great city, Jimmy knew that his one desperate hope was to search out his fellow beings and solve the terrible mystery of his existence.« less