& # 2 in the Astra series (aka) Pax
& Also appears in ACE Double Book with & A Planet for Texans by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire (1958)
¯ NOTE: This Title has entered the “Public Domain” and is therefore open to any publisher that wants to print it. Many “Print on Demand” publishers have started to release this title. It is my decision as creator of this site to ignore these published versions. A good place to find them is Amazon.com however now that Amazon is releasing this title for their electronic reader “Kindle” they are not listing all of the published editions either.
Non English Editions ~
¯ (19??) Published in Munich, Germany; by Moewig, OCLC: 73741674, Terra SF 343, 66pg ~ German title Flammen über Astra
¯ (1991) Combined with "The Stars Are Ours!", Star Guard" and "Star Rangers" ~ Published in Moscow, by Eskmo-Press, 5-040-06859-X, HC, 512pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Igor Varavin ~ Russian title Звездная стража [Star Guard]
¯ (1994) Combined with "The Stars Are Ours!" ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14037-2, HC, 368pg ~ translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Астра [Astra]
When the oppressive global dictatorship of Pax took over the Earth they put a stop to space exploration. Still, a few rebels escaped in the sleeper ships to found free new colonies- or perish in the attempt. Those few colonies that reached inhabitable worlds and survived were cut off for centuries. It was during these centuries of isolation and freedom that they were able to develop the mysterious mental powers that "civilization" had all but destroyed. Finally, when Pax had been eradicated from Earth by the Federation of Free Men, the rockets began to rise once more. This time they possessed the faster than light drives that would enable them to make up for lost time. One such ship was the RS-10. This ship and its crew stumbled upon the world of Astra and it's strange, ruthless, degenerate, inhuman inhabitants. The Terrans did not trust these creatures but there was much that they could learn from them. Making a temporary alliance the expedition accompanied the aliens to a strange treasure city to help exploit its wonders. It was there that they discovered that the aliens had good reason to fear going to the treasure city alone. It was protected by Free Men who had arrived centuries before.
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