By Poul Anderson
4 disparate human explorers, marooned in deep area through a terrifying failure of expertise, needs to interact to accomplish the very unlikely and get away a floating legal during this vintage of challenging technology fiction
In the twenty-third century, while humankind has unfold itself in the course of the cosmos, with many intergalactic colonies teetering on the point of open insurrection opposed to the hated ruling Protectorate, a workforce of 4 is transported by means of a astonishing know-how onto the deep-space vessel Southern move. Hailing from drastically diversified backgrounds, philosophies, and worlds, Ryerson, Nakamura, Sverdlov, and Maclaren were entrusted to discover a long-dead celebrity situated light-years past the place humanity has formerly traveled. yet venturing too on the subject of the objective proves disastrous whilst the black sun’s magnetic box completely obliterates their in simple terms technique of returning domestic. without warning, 4 strangers, hailing from a privileged Earth and from oppressed galactic colonies, needs to set aside their changes and interact to someway be able out of an very unlikely scenario prior to time runs out, or die jointly on the farthest fringe of a chilly and cruel universe.
A remarkably considerate and profoundly relocating novel of survival within the darkest reaches of outer area, The Enemy Stars is a piece of serious energy and perception by way of a number of Hugo and Nebula Award winner Poul Anderson, one of many mythical greats of golden-age technological know-how fiction.
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Reach was one of the UNSC’s largest industrial bases, ringed with high-orbit gun batteries, space docks, and a fleet of heavily-armed capital ships. On the planet’s surface were Marine and Navy Special Warfare training grounds, OCS schools, and between her underground facilities and the surface were three hundred meters of hardened steel and concrete. The room where she now stood could withstand a direct hit from an 80-megaton nuke. So why did she feel so vulnerable? Dr. Halsey knew what she had to do.
Dr. Halsey spotted John, subject Number 117, the first boy she had confirmed as a viable candidate. He wrinkled his forehead, confused, but he listened with rapt attention. ” The children stirred. Their handlers kept a firm grip on their shoulders. “This place will become your home,” Dr. Halsey said in as soothing a voice as she could muster. “Your fellow trainees will be your family now. The training will be difficult. ” Patriotic words, but they rang hollow in her ears. She had wanted to tell them the truth—but how could she?
John heard an owl hooting in the distance. He marched toward the sound. “Hey, owl,” he said when he was close. Sam stepped out from behind a tree and grinned. ” They walked around the circumference of the lake, gathering the rest of the children in the squad. John counted them to make sure: sixty-seven. “Let’s get the map pieces together,” Kelly suggested. “Good idea,” John said. “Sam, take three and scout the area. ” Sam picked Fhajad, James, and Linda and then the four of them took off into the brush.
The Enemy Stars by Poul Anderson