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The Darkness Before Tomorrow

by Robert Moore Williams

Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Were All Humans Their Guinea Pigs?

Back cover text

Part of Ace Double: The Ladder in the Sky

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Interior text

To rebuild a world, first tear it down!

An inexplicable murder and an equally improbable rescue brought research scientist George Gillian into strange company:

A great man five years dead.

A goat-eyed extraterrestrial.

A beautiful telepath.

And a gangster with weapons not yet invented — on Earth.

Gillian's investigations landed him dead center in a cosmic gamble, between an ape who dreamed of empire and an alien science infiltrating the Earth.

The future of the planet hung in the balance.

Cast of characters

George Gillian
Sworn to the search for knowledge, he held a planet's future in his fist.

Ape Abrussi
In his hands were forces that could mean doom to the human race.

He considered man an inferior species, yet he would help them to survive.

Samuel Ronson
His own life meant little to him — that of the world meant a lot.

Sis Randolph
Behind her beautiful face lay a mind that could read others.

Hugo Strong
At his command — salvation or destruction.