Procession to Var

~ A Short Story by Andre Norton


Synopsis ~

The Guardians must use their power of Mind Touch to protect the secrets of the Great Ones.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • Guardsmen of Tomorrow (2000) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Larry Segriff, Published by DAW, PB, 0-886-77918-9, No. 1168, $6.99, 320pg (pgs 107-125) ~ cover by Bob Warner ~ 13 all-original tales of those valiant men and women who patrol the far-flung spaceways, keeping the universe safe for humankind.

Write-up from the back of the paperback ~

Military encounters and contact with other worlds and species are two of the key building blocks of Science Fiction. And this brand-new collection will rocket readers into a galaxy's worth of interstellar conflicts.

From a space navy captain who must pit his lone frigate against an enemy fleet in an effort to win an alliance with a neutral world in a key location... to a blind ex-Guardsman who may prove the one hope of rescue for the colonists aboard a cold-sleep ship... to a Star Guard captain forced to relive a war to end all wars between Earth and Altair III, here are suspense-filled, action-packed tales of battles fought and catastrophes avoided, of weapons that can destroy entire worlds, and of the men and women of the future whose lives are dedicated to preserving the existence of the human race in a large and often hostile universe.

    1 • Introduction (Guardsmen of Tomorrow) • essay by Larry Segriff
    3 • A Show of Force • novelette by William H. Keith, Jr.
    47 • Blindfold • novelette by Robin Wayne Bailey
    75 • Wiping Out • shortstory by Robert J. Sawyer
    90 • Smart Weapon • shortstory by Paul Levinson
    107 • Procession to Var • shortstory by Andre Norton
    126 • The Gemini Twins • novelette by Paul Dellinger
    151 • That Doggone Vnorpt • shortstory by Lawrence Watt-Evans [as by Nathan Archer ]
    164 • The Silver Flame • shortstory by Josepha Sherman
    183 • Stardust • shortstory by Jean Rabe
    202 • Keeping Score • [Purgatory Station] • shortstory by Michael A. Stackpole
    222 • Alliances • novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    258 • A Time to Dream • [Captain Brian Saber / Earth Protection League] • shortstory by Dean Wesley Smith
    273 • Endpoint Insurance • [Captain Ah-Lee • 1] • novelette by Jane Lindskold 



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