Planets for Sale Author:A. E. Van Vogt, E. Mayne Hull Planets for sale! — They said that Artur Blord was ruthless, a heartless manipulator whose blind lust for power would ruin the Ridge Stars. They said he had to be eliminated because he was too much of a threat to their secret. — But just who were they, the accusers of Artur Bloyd? And what was the secret which Artur Bloyd threatened? — Beyond... more » the answers to these two questions lay a tortured path along which Artur Bloyd compelled himself to travel. Menaced by a terrifying array of lethal forces, Bloyd risked his life against alien aggressors as well as more human adversaries. Never knowing at what moment death might overtake him, he fought to fulfill a dream; that he might one day claim the title that riches couldn't buy: Master of the Ridge Stars!
Originally published in 1954. It is based on these short stories, all by E. Mayne Hull: