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Alpha Centauri or Die!

by Leigh Brackett

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Robot alert — stop that starship!

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: Legend of Lost Earth

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Interior text

Manhunt Beyond Pluto

Alpha Centauri — nearest star to the Solar System — a matter of 4.3 light-years away. To Kirby and the others it meant freedom — a word so powerful that they had gathered up their protesting families and their few possessions and left the safe, easy, automated life of Mars to risk the wrath of the government and the terror of flight into the void between the stars.

But Alpha Centauri meant something else too: five years crammed in the belly of a nearly obsolete spaceship, five years of praying that the old ship wouldn't fall apart, that the food supply wouldn't run out, that the dark shape of a Government-controlled R-ship wouldn't suddenly loom ahead, blocking the path to freedom.

And should they ever reach the unknown planets of Alpha Centauri, what then? Might there not be a force there, waiting for them, more menacing, more terrifying in its power than anything man has encountered before?