Crashing Suns (Collection)

Crashing Suns

New York : Ace Books, 1965. –
192 p. ; 17 cm. – (Ace F-319) pbk
Cover: Valigursky NUC: 70-71186

Contents:
Crashing Suns (IP#1)
The Star Stealers (IP#2)
Within the Nebular (IP#3)
The Comet-Drivers (IP#5)
The Cosmic Cloud (IP#7)

“Red alert for the Interstellar Patrol” — Cover

From mighty Canopus, capital of the Federated Stars, to the outer fringes of our great galaxy, the Interstellar Patrol was on the watch. Rogue suns, marauding alien intelligences, man-made comets driven by their makers for the conquest of unsuspecting worlds, diabolical conspiracies hatched in the depths of unmapped nebulae – it was the business of the Patrol’s mighty spaceships to guard against such cosmic dangers.
Crashing Suns is the epic account of this future space legion, where volunteers from a thousand worlds man the mighty starcraft of a hundred thousand years to come. It’s interplanetary adventure on the classic scale, by the master hand of Edmond Hamilton.

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What's It Like Out There? and Other Stories

What’s It Like Out There? and Other Stories

New York : Ace Books, 1974. –
320 p. ; 18 cm. – (Ace Book ; 88065) NUC: 78-64696

007 What’s It Like Out There?
033 The King of Shadows
057  Castaway
066 Serpent Princess
097 The Stars, My Brothers
144 Dreamer’s World
184 Twilight of the Gods
227 Sunfire!
245 The Inn Outside the World
262 The Watcher of the Ages
280 Transuranic
304 The Isle of the Sleeper

“12 classics bye one of science fiction’s most distinguished authors” — Cover

What’s it Like Out There?
is a collection of the best stories from Edmond Hamilton’s remarkable 40 year career of writing Science Fiction. Featuring:
The Stars, My Brother – where a scientist awakened from a century-long slumber in the depths of space had to make a choice between his own people and an alien race.
What’s It Like out There? – when Haddon returned from the expedition to Mars, everyone wanted t know what it was like … he could never let them know.
Twilight of the Gods – myth changed to reality around a man who sought to answer the mystery of his lost identity.
And many more …

Book Reviews:

  • Locus. 166:5. October 23, 1974.
  • New York Times Book Review. 10:50. 1974.
  • Publishers Weekly. 205(25):62. June 24, 1974.

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Worlds of Starwolves (SW#3)

Worlds of Starwolves

New York : Ace Books, 1968
158 p. ; 18 cm. – (Ace Book ; G-766) pbk
Cover: Jack Gaughan

“Morgan Chane returns to Varna to lead the Starwolves to the galaxy’s greatest loot” — Cover

The Singing Suns
There were forty of them, forty jewels that represented the forty mightiest stars. They had been synthetically created long ago by a master craftsman, and they made natural gems look dull.
The jewels moved in an intricate star-dance, always changing, now one dark red star-jewel passing two golden ones, now an ethereal blue-white gliding above a greenish one. And they sang. From each came its individual note of pure sound, and the pattern changed perpetually, but it was always music. It was like seeing the whole changing, blazing galaxy in miniature, and hearing the music of the spheres.
The Singing Suns were the greatest treasure of mankind … but they were hoarded by cunning, subtle, immensely powerful aliens. Only the feared Starwolves of Varna could dream of stealing them … and that was just what they hoped to do ….

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Starwolf (SW#1, SW#2, and SW#3)

Starwolf

New York : Ace Book, 1982.10
456 p. ; cm. – (Ace Science Fiction ; 78422-4) pbk $3.50
Cover: David Schleimkofer ISBN: 0-441-78422-4

The only mercy a starwolf could expect was death …
Morgan Chane is a Starwolf-a member of the most infamous band of interstellar pirates in the galaxy-basically meaning he was one of a band of nogoodnik more-than-human raiders. He had flown with the raind packs, rockets screaming, to plunder the rich and slaughter the helpless.
But Morgan Chane was also a Terran, adopted as a child into the Starwolf clan. And when a quarrel erupted, Chane discovered that the Starwolves weighed his alien birth more heavily than all the years of comradeship. Now he is cast out of the clan, and running for his life.
But where in all the galzxy, can a Starwolf expect to find refuge?.

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The Weapon from Beyond (SW#1)

The Weapon from Beyond

New York : Ace Books, 1967
158 p. ; 18 cm. – (Ace Books ; G-369) pbk. $0.50 NUC: 70-71183
Cover: Gaughan

“A great new galactic-adventure series! Morgan Chane, the Starwolf, battles pirates and hostile space-cruisers to find the secret of the dark nebula.” — cover

The stars whispered: die, Starwolf! die!
Morgan Chane was an Earthman by parentage, but he had been born on the pirate-world Varna, whose heavy gravity had developed strength and incredibly quick reflexes in him. When he was old enough, he joined the raider-ships that looted the starworlds, and fought side by side with the dreaded Starwolves of Varna.
But then there was a fight among them. Chane killed their leader, and the other Starwolves turned on him. He barely got away alive – wounded near death, his Starwolf pursuers following him across the galaxy.
And there was nowhere he could seek refuge, for no world would lift a hand to save one of the hated Starwolves.

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The Sun Smasher (Ace Double)

The Sun Smasher (aka: Starman Come Home)

New York : Ace Books, 1959. –
110, 146 p. ; 17 cm. – (Ace Double Novel Books ; D-351) pbk.
Cover: Emsh NUC: 70-105061; 80-367147
Bound With: Starhaven (146 p.) / by Ivar Jorgenson (=Robert Silverberg)

“The ultimate weapon of an uncrowned king” — Cover

A CROWN FOR THE STAR-CROSSED
“It can’t be true! It must be some kind of hoax!” These were the words that went spinning through Neil Banning’s mind when the Greenville authorities told him that the house he had grown up in, the aunt and uncle who had raised him, had never existed.
So Banning found himself in jail, charged with disturbing the peace—and maybe insanity. But when a stranger from outer space came to his cell at midnight and hailed him as the Valkar of Katuun, then Banning decided that maybe the authorities were right, maybe he was crazy. Because the only alternative was to believe the impossible explanation of the Outworlder — that he really was the exiled ruler of a remote star-world, and the personality of Neil Banning was an elaborate fraud.
It didn’t really matter, though, who was right. Banning was on his way to Katuun whether he liked it or not. And as Banning — or the Valkar — he would have to save that star-world from the terror of THE SUN SMASHER . . . or perish with the loyal subjects he might never even have known!

Book Reviews:

  • Analog. 64(3):153. November 1959. (P. Miller)

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A Yank at Valhalla (Ace Double)

A Yank at Valhalla

New York : Ace Books, 1973.3. –
128, 156 p. ; 18 cm. – (Ace Double ; 93900) pbk
Bound With: The Sun Destroyers / by Rocklynne
NUC: 80-547035

“Only a mortal could escape the Twilight of the Gods!” — Cover

We stood petrified by horror in that foggy, stone-walled corridor, gazing cataleptically at the hideous creature whose reptilian head was rearing up from the curling white mists. Freya’s slim figure had shrunk against me witha a choking cry. Frey stood in front of us, his sword raised, his face wild as he looked up at the looming head.
The hideous, abnormally huge coils could only be glimpsed in the mists beyond. But the giant spade-shaped head that hung above us was clear to our appalled vision. The enormous, opaline eyes were brilliant as they stared down at us.
“The Midgard snake!” Frey whispered.
“Jarl Keith!” Frey screamed to me.
The great head of the snake Iormungandr abruptly darted toward us.

Book Reviews:

  • Son of WSFA Journal. 90:3. May 1973. (D. D’Ammassa)

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Fugitive of the Stars (Ace Double)

Fugitive of the Stars

New York : Ace Books, 1965
116, 136 p. ; 17 cm. – (Ace Double (Enlarged) ; M-111) pbk. $0.45
Cover: Gaughan NUC: 74-168022
Note: Bound with: Land Beyond the Map (136 p.) / by Kenneth Bulmer

“Doom cruise of the starship Vega Queen” — Cover

Wanted: One outlawed space pilot!
Horne, the spaceship’s pilot , had been warned.”Don’t forget the meteor swarm.” And Horne’s directional calculations for the Vega Queen’s course took that advice into account; the spaceship would go fifteen thousand miles out of its way to avoid those deadly celestial rocks.
But when Horne went off duty, he felt himself numbed by a curious druglike leadenness. And the next thing he knew, he was in a lifeboat, speeding away from the floating wreckage of the Vega Queen.
Eighteen survivors out of one hundred and fifty-three passengers. And each one in the tiny space shell believed Horne responsible … deliberate negligence, calculated destruction …
Someone had drugged Horne, he knew; someone had tampered with the ship to alter its course. But who? And for what cosmic purpose?

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