A novel of visionary terror and adventure! Light years from Earth, the pinnacle of mankind's genius is reached: two hundred men and women carve an idyllic self-sufficient colony out of the vast planet Tau Ceti Four.
Among the biologists, genetic engineers and farmers is one man who urges caution - Colonel Cadmann Weyland, a warrior among strangers. They ignore his warnings and tear down his defenses - until a monster of lightning speed and awesome brutality threatens to destroy their peaceful, fragile world.
Now Weyland leads the colonists into deadly, desperate battle. But the beast's annihilation is a fatal mistake, and the true nightmare is just beginning.
Jerry Eugene Pournelle (1933-2017) was an American science fiction writer, essayist, and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. In 2011, he joined journalist Gina Smith, pundit John C. Dvorak, political cartoonist Ted Rall and several other Byte.com staff reporters to launch an independent tech and political news site aNewDomain.
Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973 and served aNewDomain Media as its director until his death. He is recognized as the first author to have written a published book contribution using a word processor on a personal computer, in 1977.