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The Solarians

by Norman Spinrad

Cover artist: Edward Valigursky

Publisher: Paperback Library

Pub year: 1966

Cover price: 50¢


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Cover tagline

Could Palmer trust the Solarians' plan of surrendering Earth to its enemy?

Back cover text

Earth was programmed for destruction in the mad war of the computer worlds — unless the Solarians could stop the machines!

Three hundred years ago the Solarians retreated to the safety of their Fortress as Earth became embroiled in the first of the computer wars with the dread Duglaari Empire.

The Solarians' final word to all humanity was a promise to reappear one day and bring it to victory. Suddenly, with Earth on the verge of becoming a helpless victim of the merciless Duglaars, the Solarians made contact with Fleet Commander Jay Palmer. It was an offer of aid.

But the Solarians' plan was so cunning, so fraught with danger, that Jay faced the greatest decision of his life — and that of Earth's:

Accept their ingenious strategy as a stroke of genius or reject it as a trick designed to destroy human life forever.

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Interior text

What inhuman power lay behind the might of the Duglaari Empire?

Century after century, humanity battled the fortress ships of the Duglaars. Century after century, they lost more and more of their men and equipment to these weapons created by a super-intelligence.


Until the Solarians came out of their retreat and made the most amazing offer of aid that the human race had ever heard: They would conquer the Duglaars together by first surrendering Earth to this warrior world!

The decision was up to Fleet Commander Jay Palmer. Upon it depended his life and the future of mankind.

Jay already knew who his enemy was. But could he trust his new-found "friends?"