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Alan E. Nourse

The Last Planet / A Man Obsessed

Ace Double D-Series: Book 96

Andre Norton
Alan E. Nourse

The Last Planet is the first paperback edition of the novel originally (and subsequently) published as Star Rangers. A starship from a decaying Galactic empire, with a mixed human-alien crew, is exploring the outer fringes of the Milky Way. A crash-landing on an apparently empty planet marks the end of the voyage. With no hope of repairing the vessel, the surviving crewmen must plan their future, allot their resources, and explore all avenues for a new life on this world.

A Man Obsessed is the story of a vengeance hunt in a nightmarish future when all medical practice is firmly in the control of the Government. It's both a psychological tale of a man deteriorating from the effects of dedicating his life to a (perhaps) foolish pursuit of one man, and a not-so-pretty look at the ultimate results of a socialized medicine policy.

Echo in the Skull / Rocket to Limbo

Ace Double D-Series: Book 385

John Brunner
Alan E. Nourse

Rocket to Limbo: Lars Heldrigsson was fresh out of the Colonial Service Academy and his first assignment was a milk-run to Vega aboard the *Ganymede. Not a very exciting trip, except that the ship's commander, Walter Fox, had explored and opened more new colony-worlds than any other man.

But the *Ganymede* had hardly blasted off before Lars discovered that not all the crew shared his admiration of their chief. Rumors circulated, rumblings of mutiny were heard, and the news finally broke that they weren't going to Vega at all, but to Wolf IV, the one planet from which no man had returned alive!

Echo in the Skull: Sally Ercott is a disintegrating personality. She finds herself living in filth, abject squalor, with vague memories of a clean, happy, prosperous life which has somehow slipped away.

But, superimposed on those memories are OTHER lives recalled; lives on planets alien beyond comprehension. Lives ended in horror as each world was destroyed by a malignant alien, slimy and ugly, demanding sacrifice. What is happening to this girl's mind?

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