Alien from Arcturus
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Alien from Arcturus

by Gordon R. Dickson
Release date: 1956
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Alien from Arcturus is also published as Arcturus Landing (1978).

Ever since Earth's first starship crept out on sub-light drive a hundred years ago and was met by an emissary of the Galactic Federation, man has lived as a prisoner in the solar system. The Federation decreed that unless man could demonstrate his technological maturity and leave the solar system via a faster-than-light drive, he would not leave it at all.

All Earth knows the test that man must pass to win Galactic Citizenship and the freedom of the stars; the FTL Drive is every physicist's top priority. But what they cannot know is that they work against both an alien time-limit and human sabotage – and time is running out. Unless John Parent's star-drive project is successful, mankind will remain trapped in the solar system, forever...

(updated 2010-09-07)

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