Worlds for the Taking Author:Kenneth Bulmer Terran Corps scattered their ships outward into the glittering galaxies. Solterra's prime objective: orbital reconstruction of the far-flung planets. They had tightened up Solterra's galaxy and had made mankind secure against alien threats--or so Terrans believed. — As Chief Commander, Stephen Strang aggressively explored the cosmos for the glory... more » of his beloved Earth. He could boast that he had moved more planets into orbit around Sol than any other. Strang felt smugly safe against alien "sharks"--until he discovered the vast time-bomb that was planet Vesta's core.« less
In Terra's view, worlds are for the taking--wrenched out of its natural orbit, dragged through hyperspace to orbit Sol and become another terraformed paradise. And if the planet is already inhabited, by earlier colonists or aliens, tough nuts to them.
Stephen Strang is one such planet-mover, and his story is a perfect portrait of how power corrupts. With the power he wields as Commander of the Solterran Construction Service, one can hardly wonder that Strang develops megalomania. To best his co-Commanders at their so-called common goal becomes his driving force in life. The galaxy must heel to his every wish, and every personal relationship or once-treasured moral becomes a casualty.
Thrill to the fatal unknowns of space exploration, and follow Strang's Shakespearean rise!