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Galactic Security Service

War on Aleph/Starcross

Written By:Laurence James - 1974

  • War on Aleph/Starcross - Laurence James cover

Synopsis

It is five hundred years in the future. Strange new worlds and alien races have evolved. The universe as we know it has become a densely populated community. Interplanetary travel is now a routine matter.

In this fascinating world of tomorrow the Inter-Galactic Security Service is at work fighting the forces of crime and evil—still very much a part of society's problems. Commander Simon Kennedy Rack and his assistant, Ensign Bogart, are special agents of the I.G.S.S. As a team, they are given the tough, nearly impossible assignments—and they pursue their work with ferocious brilliance.

In this episode Rack is faced with the struggle of two powerful planets maneuvering for the capture of a lesser planet, Virrona. The pressures of population and environmental crises have caused the people of the planets Aleph and Gimel to search greedily for new life-supporting space... and Virrona is the ideal solution. Negotiations have deadlocked, however, and only one spark is needed to trigger a war that may destroy the entire Omicron Galaxy.

Desperate diplomacy and threats of war give way to a duel of humor and even a love affair as Rack tries to discover a way to avery disaster!

Excerpt

Trained to kill

"Remeber that close-combat instructor we had? They figured that he was the most efficient personalized fighting machine in the whole damned service. Hair-trained to trigger efficiency. Reactions whole micros faster than average.

"His wife thought she'd surprise him one night. She got her nicest nightclothes on. When he walked into their sleeping room, she grabbed him, ready to kiss him. He screamed at the top of his voice, spun around and smashd the edge of his hand across her throat. Before he knew who it was or anything. Conditioned reflex. Smashed her neck. Killed her on the spot."

"Just like that? Killed her?" I asked.

"That's what they trained him to do."

Blurb

The exciting inter-galactic adventures of Simon Rack!

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

fantastical
Other Titles in the Galactic Security Service list

1     Earth Lies Sleeping

2     War on Aleph#Starcross

3     Backflash

4     Planet of the Blind

5     New Life for Old