First, strange odors... and nightmares that stretch across Time. Images of a hideous machine dragging Indians, colonials, slaves to an ancient mound... then a hellish light pulses from a hidden room... and suddenly dan Post is trapped, his mind sane, but his body possessed by a galactic probe programmed to collect –
Specimens. Human specimens. Now, with no hands, no voice, locked in the ultimate prison, Dan must battle an immortal alien machine, even as it forces him to kidnap its final victims...
Dan's two children.
And his bride-to-be...
Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007) was a Chicago-born American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories.
He also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires (including the famous Dracula) are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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