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Second Ending

by James White

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

The last man in a universe of robots

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: The Jewels of Aptor

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Interior text

Named by readers as one of the best science-fiction novels of the year

Five miles beneath the surface, Ross was awakened from the deep sleep of suspended animation to find himself in an empty world. There was no noise, no people, and no motion save for the steady activity of the hospital robots.

What had happened to life? Was Ross the last human being in existence? Could he find another?

He didn't know the answers but he did know that soon he had to find some other living creatures. Even if he had to create them synthetically, assisted by the robots who would obey his every desire.

With the deep sleep at his command, he could experiment with life itself as no other scientist had ever done — and he had all eternity to do it in!