The Covenant [NOOK Book]

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Poul Anderson, Murray Leinster, Robert Bloch, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Sheckley pool their talents in a classic round-robin novella that stretches humanity almost to the breaking point on the wrack of Time and Space. Humanity was falling before the onslaught of the Cloud People, soon the last remains would be wiped out. So they sent Ban to the Prophetess for an oracle. "What you must overcome is Time itself," she told him and sent him off accompanied only by the youngest of her handmaidens. But as he approached ...
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The Covenant

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Overview

Poul Anderson, Murray Leinster, Robert Bloch, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Sheckley pool their talents in a classic round-robin novella that stretches humanity almost to the breaking point on the wrack of Time and Space. Humanity was falling before the onslaught of the Cloud People, soon the last remains would be wiped out. So they sent Ban to the Prophetess for an oracle. "What you must overcome is Time itself," she told him and sent him off accompanied only by the youngest of her handmaidens. But as he approached the realm of the Cloud People, Ban was horror stricken to see his weapons disintegrate into rust and find himself withering and about to die of old age! Here, from the July 1960 issue of the legendary pulp Fantastic, is a rare pyrotechnic display of sf writing skills and Styles. More than a great story, it is a revelation into how the minds of the writers tick. Poul Anderson, creating his bravura characters and situations; Isaac Asimov, grounding the conflict in a framework of theory-in-action; then Bob Sheckley ripping the fabric by going to the ends of the galaxy for complications; penultimately, Murray Leinster beginning the fusion of story strands with ideational adeptness; and finally Bob Bloch taking the wildly disheveled story and tying it up in a brilliant job of plot-resolution, down to the patly ironic last sentence.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000135860
  • Publisher: Renaissance E Books
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 264,368
  • File size: 171 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Goliad

    *she smiles happily and opens her eyes.* How do I look?

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    Posted July 22, 2013

    Bella

    She walks in. "Hey, I have a surprise for you guys at the mansion."

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!! THE HEROINE WAS WISHY WASH

    THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!! THE HEROINE WAS WISHY WASHY AND ANNOYING. DO NOT BUY THIS. A WASTE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Lessons in plot resolution

    A really mixed bag of a short story. At only 44 pages it is worth the read, if only to see how these fabulous writers took their own "flavors" and melded them together. This book makes you think. You like the characters and you root for the main character to find a way out of the mess their prophetess got him into. If you enjoy combos of fantasy warriors and time travel, you'll love this one.

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