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Invaders from Rigel

Invaders from Rigel by Fletcher PrattInvaders from Rigel front
Airmont Publishing Co, 1964 (Original publication 1960)
Price I paid: 60¢

Astronomers had observed the comet for some time, and had predicted its course. It would collide with Earth. There was no hysteria; scientists were apparently convinced that the results wouldn’t be dangerous to life.

But Murray Lee woke up with a feeling overpowering stiffness in every muscle. He turned over in bed and felt his left elbow, which seemed to be aching particularly—and received the shock of his life. The motion was attended by a creaking clang, and his elbow felt like a complex wheel.

Why—he was metal all over!

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TekWar

TekWar by William ShatnerTekwar front
Ace Books, 1989
Price I paid: 90¢

Known to millions as STAR TREK’S Captain Kirk, actor-director William Shatner now turns his talents to a stunning novel of future shock. TekWar is the story of ex-cop Jake Cardigan, who’s framed for dealing an addictive brain stimulant called Tek and sentenced to fifteen years of suspended animation. Now, mysteriously released after four years in the “Freezer,” Cardigan is on the loose…and out for justice.

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I, Weapon

I, Weapon by Charles W. RunyonI, Weapon front
Popular Library, 1977 (Original copyright date 1974)
Price I paid: 90¢

Ancestry: Programmed

Destiny: Unpredictable

To create the man named Raki, Earth had broken its most rigid taboos against interbreeding.

His grandparents were a four-foot tall female genius; a rapacious, blue-skinned space brigand; an enormous superstud gladiator with long, silky fur; and a blind telepathic huntress.

His parents were the most gifted creatures ever to walk the earth—until Raki was born to surpass even them.

But the supreme computer that had calculated the mating necessary to produce Raki refused to predict his chances in his confrontation with the alien Vim in the very heart of their eternally expanding empire…

…for not even the Vim themselves knew the secret of their power and of all the universe’s peril…

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Guest Post: Cybernarc

Cybernarc by Robert CainCybernarc #1 Harper Paperbacks, 1991 Price I paid: 1¢ + S&H

CYBERNARC He was created at the CIA’s secret Camp Perry research center. The CIA calls him ROD, a high-tech amalgam of of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, painstaking cosmetics, and military hardware. ROD is all machine, but he can blend in with any human crowd. Assigned to the DEA and tagged Cybernarc by the press, he’s ready for action.

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The Universe Against Her

The Universe Against Her by James H. SchmitzThe Universe Against Her front
Ace Science Fiction, 1964
Price I paid: 90¢

Meet TELZEY AMBERDON

She’s one in a billion. She’s brilliant, charming, beautiful, and a high-level genius. She’s also the most powerful latent telepath the Psychology Service has ever discovered. That’s why the Service is keeping a very close watch on her: fully developed, Telzey’s Talent could prove disasterous for the Service’s plans for the future development of galactic civilization. If Telzey gives so much as a telepathic sneeze the “psionic traffic cop” they’ve implanted in her head will blow the whistle!

For Telzey the answer is obvious: join the Service and enjoy both its protection and its not inconsiderable assistance. But she’s an independent sort, a person who wants to go her own way in her own time. That’s why she has

THE UNIVERSE AGAINST HER

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