After a three-year undertaking, the yank starship Benjamin Franklin and its all-male workforce have back to Earth, in simple terms to find the planet is useless, a blackened shell with out lifestyles. it truly is transparent that certainly one of a trio of alien species engineered the holocaust, yet which? whilst the captain of the Franklin falters, engineer Carl Donnan is pressured to take command of the send. the way forward for what continues to be of the human race is in his arms. Donnan’s first precedence is to flee together with his crewmates; the second one is to determine if there are different human survivors someplace one of the stars—unbeknownst to Donnan and the 3 hundred males now below his cost, the feminine team of the Europa also survived the genocide—and the 3rd is to hunt vengeance, for the alien annihilators won't relaxation till their activity is finished. If the final women and men within the galaxy don't determine and wreck their enemy, there'll be no position within the universe to hide.
The winner of 3 Nebulas, seven Hugos, and diverse different awards over the process his illustrious occupation, technological know-how fiction Grand grasp Poul Anderson has written a powerful event of braveness and survival within the wake of the unthinkable, demonstrating once more why he's one among the brightest literary lighting to polish in the course of the Golden Age of Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury.
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