Eric Frank Russell ritorna con queste sue sentinelle degli spazi cosmici e dell’umanità che ormai dilaga per tutta la Galassia. È un romanzo di enigmatiche visioni sideree, di “presenze”inconoscibili, di vaghe minacce provenienti dalle profondità ignorate dello spazio. Ed è il romanzo di David Raven, naturalmente, il telepatico agente segreto della Triade Planetaria, e della bellissima Leina. La coppia ha in comune, tra molte altre cose, un segreto soprannaturale; e grazie ai poteri straordinari di cui è dotata, vigila sull’umanità. Sono David e Leina, le sentinelle del Cielo. Insieme, scrutano il cielo, vigili, in agguato, faccia alle stelle.
La fascia favolosa della Via Lattea palpita sui loro capi, mentre nell’ombra, chi sa dove, incombe l’atroce minaccia delle astronavi di Deneb. Da troppe generazioni ormai, la razza umana, colonizzando i pianeti, è rimasta esposta alle insidiose radiazioni cosmiche; e le nuove specie dei “mutanti”fanno capolino ovunque, dando origine a nuove razze umane.
Con questo romanzo, E.F. Russell ha saputo narrare l’epopea siderale di un futuro che potrebbe anche essere vero…
Originally published as “The Space Willies” in 1958. A slightly extended version of it was published a year later under the title “Next of Kin”.
This is a comic story of a military misfit who successfully conducts a one-man psychological warfare operation against an alien race and its allies, with whom humans and allied races are at war.
The war had been going for nearly a year. Earth had the better weapons, but the Sirian Empire had the advantage in personnel and equipment. Earth needed an edge, which was where James Mowry came in. Intensively trained and his appearance surgically altered, James is to be an irritant to the enemy.
The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.
Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty-two: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely, and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is also living with Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City, because 'that's where the money is.'
And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins — before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology — when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.
Authentic, moving, and witty, Mary Doria Russell's fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters, including Holliday's unforgettable companion, Kate. First and last, however, Doc is John Henry Holliday's story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers.
Debiutancka powieść Mary Dorii Russell „Wróbel” zdobyła dla autorki powszechne uznanie. Oto kontynuacja owej jednej z najwspanialszych powieści fantastycznych ostatnich lat. Zaledwie ojciec Emilio Sanchez, jedyny członek pierwszej wyprawy, który powrócił na Ziemię, zdołał odzyskać zdrowie i równowagę psychiczną po straszliwych przejściach na planecie Rakhat, Towarzystwo Jezusowe prosi go (a właściwie zmusza), by zechciał wziąć udział w kolejnej misji. Sancheza dręczą wspomnienia i lęki, ale nie może uciec od swojej przeszłości. Rozpoczyna się druga batalia o rozum i duszę tak ciężko doświadczonego przez los kapłana.