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After Doomsday

by Poul Anderson

Cover artist: Ralph Brillhart

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

Earth was gone — the space crew had to find other humans!

Back cover text

Carl Donnan was a space engineer — a man of action who did his job well and didn't think much beyond that — but now his home planet was destroyed and he found himself with two burning ambitions:

Find the beings who blew up the Earth.

Search the galaxies until they located another Starship with female humans aboard.

Both projects were vital to the survival of the human race — and both were monumental tasks.

This was the time when the galaxies discovered how grim and purposeful a handful of homo sapiens could be.

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Interior text

Space engineer Donnan was a solitary sort of soul — he hadn't many friends among the human members of the crew — in fact, his best friend was Ramri of Monwaing, about 5 feet high, brilliantly blue-feathered and soft of speech. At least Ramri could not have had guilty knowledge of the destruction of Earth for he had been with the humans for three years during their travels — but what of his home planet? Could the Monwaingi have committed the ghastly crime of trying to destroy an entire species?

For the first time in his life Donnan was confronted with the problem of mixed loyalties. He never doubted Ramri's word for a moment, but he knew that sooner or later he would have to come up against a decision that might cost him Ramri's friendship and the lives of a whole planet. And this was just the beginning in the education of Donnan as a commander.