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By John W. Campbell Jr.

A sky pirate armed with more suitable guns of his personal invention.... First touch with an alien race risky adequate to threaten the security of 2 planets....The arrival of an unseen darkish solar whose attendant marauders geared toward the very finish of civilization during this sun System.... those have been the 3 demanding situations that confirmed the ability and minds of the bright group of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. Their preliminary adventures are a vintage of science-fiction which first introduced the identify in their writer, John W. Campbell, into prominence as a grasp of the artistic mind's eye.

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