Issued: April 1985
Cover illustration by Eddie Jones
First published by Ballantine Books in 1969.
Reissued by Arrow Books in 1987 with a cover design in the later Venture SF style.
When race survival teetered in the balance...
Captain Absolom Bracer, with an artificial brainpan and synthetic eyes.
Astrogation officer Gene O'Gwynn, a lady with a plastic face.
Weapons officer Akin Darby and Communications Officer Miss Cyanta, both with assorted prosthetic parts.
These were the officers of the Iwo Jima, one of the two heavy battle-cruiser starships protecting the vast, cumbersome Rudoph Cragstone, a hospital ship returning to Earth with thousands of wounded in 'cold-sleep'. These brutally injured officers had been restored to temporary, artificial life to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflict.
But then Breakaway Station, a vital link with Earth, was suddenly threatened...
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