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The Killer Thing

by Kate Wilhelm

Cover artist: Paul Lehr

Publisher: Dell

Pub year: 1969

Cover price: 50¢


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Cover tagline

Alone on an alien planet, he was hunted by a killer robot

Back cover text

Programmed for Destruction

In a way, they were the same, the man and the machine. Both had been ordered to do one thing — kill.

The robot has been created to wreak revenge on the humans who had brutally conquered its planet.

The man was the product of years of training by an Earth that had set out to take over the Universe.

Now the two faced each other in the icy reaches of the galaxy. The robot, with its calculating machine of a brain, its impenetrable force shield, its deadly laser beam. The man, with the kind of nerve that refused to admit the odds against survival....

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Interior text

Earth was called the Killer Planet. One by one the alien planets fell before its power as its spaceships ranged further and further, seeking new spoils in the galaxy, new slaves.

So far the men of Earth had known only victory. But as they moved into ever more distant space, rumors reached them of a race mightier than man ... a race determined to vanquish man....

Now those rumors had become fact. Humanity stood at the crossroads. In one direction lay supreme triumph. In the other, destruction. And just one man could make the choice. His name was — Trace.