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The Covenant
     

The Covenant

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by Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000135860
Publisher:
Renaissance E Books
Publication date:
05/05/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,171,778
File size:
175 KB

Meet the Author

Poul Anderson (1926¿2001) grew up bilingual in a Danish American family. After earning a physics degree at the University of Minnesota, he found writing science fiction more satisfactory. Admired for his "hard" science fiction, mysteries, and historical novels, he was responsible for classic books like The Broken Sword and Brain Wave. A founder of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, he became a Grand Master, and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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Covenant 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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PHOENIX1972 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!! THE HEROINE WAS WISHY WASHY AND ANNOYING. DO NOT BUY THIS. A WASTE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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