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The Mile-Long Spaceship

by Kate Wilhelm

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Publisher: Berkley

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 50¢


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A new world of Science Fiction by an exciting new writer

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Kate Wilhelm

For the past five years or so, the major SF magazines have been publishing a number of powerfully imaginative stories by a young new SF writer, Kate Wilhelm.

Some samples:
Andover and the Android — Roger Andover decided to marry an android, but he didn't count on falling in love with her...

Fear is a Cold Black — A deadly epidemic breaks out aboard the spacecraft Criterion III. Each of the victims becomes colder and colder, finally dying one degree at a time. What could arrest the plague that was destroying life aboard the ship?

The Last Days of the Captain — The entire population of the newly colonized planet Kulane must be evacuated. But some of the colonists don't wish to leave their new home...

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The Mile-Long Spaceship:

Then he suddenly remembered the ship — the mile-long spaceship. For an instant he sent his mental gaze deep into space all around him, but the ship was nowhere to be seen. He surmised it must still be millions of light-years from Earth. As he visualized it again he slowly became aware that once more he was aboard her and the stars he was seeing were on the giant wall screen...

He watched with interest as one planet after another turned a pale violet and became nearly invisible. He had grown accustomed to the crew of the ship, so he paid little heed to them. Their voices were low, monotonous to his ear, never rising or speeding up or sounding indecisive. Completely expressionless, their words defied any attempt to interpret them...