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One shipwrecked alien against the power of an entire planet means a losing battle... until Earth builds superman! A fascinating, inspiring, and jaw-dropping tale of a science fiction phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed, by none other than master sci-fi author, Randall Garrett!
As every thinking man knows, every slave always yearns for the freedom his master denies him... ____________ "e;But, gentlemen,"e; said the Physician, "e;I really don't think we can consider any religion which has human sacrifice as an integral part as a humane religion."e; "e;At least,"e; added the Painter with a chuckle, "e;not as far as the victim is concerned."e; The Philosopher looked irritated. "e;Bosh! What if the victim likes it that way?"e; -THE IDLE WORSHIPERS by R. Phillip Dachboden
The Serapis Classics edition of "e;The Randall Garrett Omnibus"e; features 23 incredible stories from one of the masters of science fiction! __________ Randall Garrett was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was a prolific contributor to Astounding and other science fiction magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. He instructed Robert Silverberg in the techniques of selling large quantities of action-adventure science fiction, and collaborated with him on two novels about Earth bringing civilization to an alien planet.
"e;NOW WHAT the hell's the matter with me?"e; thought Paul Wendell. He could feel nothing. Absolutely nothing: No taste, no sight, no hearing, no anything. "e;Am I breathing?"e; He couldn't feel any breathing. Nor, for that matter, could he feel heat, nor cold, nor pain.
How could a man tell the difference if all the reality of Earth turned out to be a cosmic hoax? Suppose it turned out that this was just a stage set for students of history?
That the Nipe had embarked on its incredible career of robbery and murder had been, more or less, an accident. After all, it was a civilised being of high intelligence, intent only on establishing contact with the Earth's Real People. These pitiful creatures with only two eyes and four limbs, with their very slow reflexes and their savage weapons couldn't be the ruling life-form! Why, they didn't even keep the Customs - and any civilised species must surely adhere to ritual.
The world was gripped in terror when the Nipe, a lethal, alien fighting machine, crashlanded on Earth from outer space and began a nightmarish rampage of slaughter and destruction.Unable to stop the deadly, intelligent creature, scientists quickly developed a plan to turn an ordinary Earthman into a super-human with powers enough to conquer the monster. As the man chosen for the dangerous mission, Bart Stanton was not sure he wanted to give up his humanity.The Nipe seized the Earth's most vital defense secrets and Bart felt he had no choice but to go through with the plan. Then the Nipe mysteriously disappeared - and the only man who could locate the thing was also the only man who could destroy Bart. The world tottered as the three came face to face...
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where he must uncover his purpose-and survive to outwit his enemies...Tarani is the new High Lord of Eddarta, and she intends to end its tradition of slavery and corruption. But before Tarani's rule begins in earnest, she and Rikardon have a mission to complete in Raithskar, where a mindgifted Lord known as Ferrathyn is using the Ra'ira's powers to manipulate the ape-like vineh. The once majestic city is overrun by chaos and fear, and Ferrathyn's ambition extends far beyond Raithskar.But another threat is looming, different and more terrifying than any they've encountered before. In the wake of a major earthquake, Rikardon finally discovers the origin of his new homeland and the reason he was brought here as Ricardo Carillo many months ago. Every battle and hard-won alliance has been leading to this: a race to save a mighty civilization from destruction, and forge a new future for Gandalara...
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body-and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule-or to destroy...Victory is sweet-but for Rikardon and Tarani, it is all too brief. Although they have retrieved the sword of the Kings from the lost city of Ka, a savage battle with the vineh mars their journey back to Raithskar. These ape-like creatures were once controlled through the power of the Ra'ira. Now they pose a threat both to the cat-like sha'um and humanoid Gandalarans.To restore order, Rikardon and Tarani must travel to Eddarta, where Tarani can use the Ra'ira against the increasingly vicious vineh. First she must face her treacherous brother, Indomel, and convince the Council to name her High Lord in his place. Indomel will not take such betrayal lightly, but another danger is about to reveal itself-a sinister and ambitious traitor who has been hiding in plain sight all along.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where he must uncover his purpose-and survive to outwit his enemies...Hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Ka lies the sword of the Kings-a precious artifact that will help Tarani and Rikardon wrest control away from the malevolent High Lord Indomel. Problem is, not only is the sword lost, but so is Ka itself. Rikardon and Tarani gather their strength in the Valley of the Sha'um, home to war cats like Rikardon's companion, Keeshah. Tarani forms her own mindlink with Keeshah's pregnant mate, Yayshah. Soon they'll journey into the unforgiving desert to search for Ka, guided by memories Rikardon retrieves from the mystic All-Mind. But as Rikardon knows, while the sword can prove Tarani's claim to the throne, it will also reveal a deception that she may never be able to forgive...
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body-and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule-or to destroy...Rikardon and Tarani have the Ra'ira in their possession and plan to return it to the Council at Raithskar. But before they reach their destination, Rikardon is dealt a savage blow-Keeshah, his giant war cat, leaves to reunite with his own kind in the Valley of the Sha'um. Newly vulnerable, Rikardon and Tarani are captured and brought back to Eddarta, where Tarani is forced to surrender the Ra'ira to the vicious High Lord Indomel. As Indomel's older sister, Tarani has a claim to his throne-and the gem. But to win the support of the other Lords, Rikardon and Tarani need more than birthright. They need an ancient talisman that can only be recovered by traveling to the poisonous crater known as the Well of Darkness-a journey that will test their courage and bond to the breaking point.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body-and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule-or to destroy...Gharlas, the murderous caravan leader who stole the Ra'ira, has left Raithskar and fled across the desert. His destination is Eddarta, a city rife with corruption and slavery. And Rikardon, along with his telepathic warcat, Keeshah, and the beautiful illusionist Tarani, intend to be waiting when he gets there. Tarani soon learns of another reason to journey to the distant city. Her mother, Zefra, is still living and married to Eddarta's High Lord, Pylomel. Despite her rank, Zefra is little more than a prisoner herself-and her revelations about Tarani's heritage put the travelers in mortal danger from the ruthless ruler and his ambitious son. Outnumbered yet determined, Rikardon and Tarani must rescue the gemstone before Gharlas sets his insane plan in motion... and before their luck finally runs out.
Ricardo Carillo wakes after a meteor explosion in a new body-and in a strange land of desert and danger named Gandalara, where a stolen gem holds the power to control or destroy.Ricardo, now renamed Rikardon, has cleared himself of accusations that he stole the sacred Ra'ira. But he still has enemies, especially in Gandalara's seamy, dangerous underbelly. A powerful moneylender is threatening Rikardon's loved ones to ensure a debt is repaid. For their safety, Rikardon leaves the city of Raithskar for Thagorn, home to the Sharith-a brotherhood of warcat riders like himself. Thagorn is expecting another new arrival too-an illusionist named Tarani, whose uncle, Volitar, is a famed glassblower with information on the Ra'ira's whereabouts. Rikardon is drawn to the beautiful, intriguing Tarani, though she appears to be plotting against him. Tracking down Volitar forces them into an uneasy alliance... and into the path of a murderous villain intent on using the gem's power to rule Gandalara, no matter what the consequences may be...
The last thing terminally ill language professor Ricardo Carillo remembers is standing on the deck of a Mediterranean cruise ship, watching a giant fireball hurtle toward him. He awakens in the body of a young Gandalaran named Markasset, sharing a telepathic bond with a giant, intelligent feline named Keeshah.Ricardo faces two challenges: navigating this unfamiliar desert world, and learning about his new identity and mission. Markasset turns out to be a talented swordsman with a powerful father, Thanasset, who's a Supervisor in the city of Raithskar. But Markasset's own reputation is more dubious. He has gambling debts and a shadowy past-and he's suspected of stealing a sacred gem, the Ra'ira, that was under his father's protection. With few allies except a beautiful fiancee and the loyal Keeshah, Ricardo is determined to piece together what really happened to the Ra'ira. The truth will either prove his innocence-or endanger the new life he has only just begun.