Ming Vase and Other Science Fiction Stories


Cartwright House is a secret government military project. The men and women living there have been given the best food, comfort, and recreational facilities. But they’re prisoners, forbidden to leave and closely guarded. For these people have very special powers. And then one man does escape, and Special Agent Don Gregson of the CIA is delegated to find him—and quickly. This is just one of four great stories of the aliens living among us, including &quote;Trojan Horse,&quote; &quote;Agent,&quote; and &quote;The Inevitable Conflict.&quote; First-rate SF tales by a master storyteller.

E.C. Tubb SF Gateway Omnibus


A prolific author of hundreds of stories in the fields of SF, fantasy and westerns, E. C. Tubb, was best-known for his epic 33-volume Dumarest saga, a galaxy-spanning adventure series. Also active for many years in Fandom, he was both a founder member of the British Science Fiction Association and the first editor of its critical journal VECTOR. This omnibus collects two of his out of print classics, THE EXTRA MAN and THE SPACE-BORN, and posthumous novel, FIRES OF SATAN, completed before his death and published now for the first time.

Fires of Satan


Imagine a day, not too far from today, when you pick up the newspapers to find them free of the usual accounts of crime, corruption, violence and war. There’s no politics or politicians, no sporting results, speculation or scandal. There is only the asteroid: newly-discovered, enormous and on a collision course with Earth. Imagine a time, not too far from today, when the world itself stands helpless before the Fires of Satan…

Stardeath


Ships occasionally disappeared in hyperspace, regrettable sacrifices to the luxury of faster than light travel. But now one of the lost ships has been found and the wreckage is enough to terrify even the most cold-blooded witness. The lucky ones on the lost ship are dead. The others have been turned inside-out in gruesome parody of human beings and they are still alive. The disgraced Captain Kurt Varl is chosen to command a suicide mission to discover the cause of these disasters. The enemy is unknown and the only way Varl can solve the mystery is to use himself as bait!

To Dream Again


As an officer in the United Nations Law Enforcement Agency Ralph Mancini was dedicated to the worldwide War on Drugs, employing all the resources of the U.N., whilst working with the national and international police forces. But now an insidious new drug was being developed, one in which the people taking it experienced a trip like no other. They became, in effect, God-like beings, and once they had experienced ‘heaven’ they could think of nothing but their next trip — whatever the cost. Ralph and Inspector Frere follow a tangled trail of murder and intrigues to try and find the source of the peril-but will they be too late to stop it spreading across the world…?

Starslave


On several settled worlds of the Earth Confederation, towns had been utterly destroyed by attacking alien vessels — exploded into flaming ruin, and fleeing people reduced to smears of blood and bone. And so they sent for Captain Kurt Varl, the only man to have fought an alien ship and destroyed it — the only survivor from his crew of thirty souls. And now he would have to lead another ship and crew into battle, knowing that as well as the alien raiders he faced the things that lurked in limbo, existing in four dimensions and capable of transforming humans into things of screaming horror…

Dead Weight


Sam Falkirk, Captain of the World Police and stationed at the World Council building in New York, has a special interest in investigating the sudden and inexplicable death of Angelo Augustine, the brother of his girl friend. A messenger employed by the Council, Augustine was also a spy in the pay of Senator Rayburn, a fanatical Nationalist who is fighting both to retain his power and to destroy the Orient before they, as he believes, turn against the Occident. Augustine had died while delivering a parcel containing a statue of a Buddha for an employee of Senator Sucamari of the Japanese Legation, and who, in his own way, is as fanatical as Rayburn himself. Sucamari wants to gain living room for the teeming millions of the Orient, and his secret plan involves the releasing of a deadly bacterial plague across the Americas. The bacteria is contained in a special coating on the Buddha statue, but when the statue is stolen by a petty criminal, millions of people hover on the brink of agonizing death, unless Falkirk can find the criminal in time . . .

Fear of Strangers


Instead of the welcome they’d expected, the returning crew of the first interstellar spaceship were kept in space, imprisoned in their craft. In quarantine, as carriers of a deadly alien disease! When the prisoners escaped, the worried authorities hired Earth’s top detective Martin Slade to track them down, little suspecting that Slade had his own personal agenda to find the men. Slade’s search for the missing crew spans millions of miles of space, following a trail of hideous deaths . . .