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The War Against The Rull

by A.E. Van Vogt

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Pocket Books

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

A fascinating novel of galactic peril and adventure

Back cover text

It that a Rull sitting next to you?

Now man has conquered all of space and seemingly he is at peace with everyone in it. That is, everything except the Rull.

Who and what are the Rulls?

They are a race so alien and paranoid that they must have originated in another galaxy. In their true form they resemble some sort of dark, large worm with a variety of appendages. But you almost never see a Rull as he really is.

A Rull, you see, can change its outward appearance at will, so that even your closest friend or most trusted colleague may suddenly turn out to be a spy in disguise.

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Interior text

Nor any other human being —

Jamieson turned hastily toward the radio panel — and stopped. Peter Clugy stood before it, his face expressionless, but holding in his hand the same small blaster he had displayed earlier. It was aimed at Jamieson's stomach.

There was a gasp from Ira Clugy. "Peter, you young fool! Have you lost your mind?" He got out of his seat and stepped forward as the menacing blaster swung around toward him. "Here, give me that thing!"

Jamieson put out a restraining arm in front of the older man. "I only hope you nephew hasn't lost his life," he said, trying to keep his voice calm. "This is not Peter Clugy — nor any other human being!"