The Byworlder - Poul Anderson

Nebula Award: Best Novel nominee (1971).

The Secret of the Sigman

Skip Wayburn, artist, drifter, sigaroon, gulped down his food with nothing on his mind but a long evening of lovemaking.

Far above him, the first emissary from interstellar space continued to orbit the globe. For three years it had been there, and still there were nothing but questions. What had lured the voyager from Sigma Draconis to Earth? How did the creature plan to use its incredible power? And most important, why was it *waiting*... and for what?

Then, in a blinding flash of insight, Skip Wayburn suddenly *knew* the answers... knew with dead certainty why the Sigman had come, who “he” was, and precisely what the Earthmen must do.

But who would listen to the far-out ideas of a mere sigaroon? Skip didn't know. But someone had to listen — and fast.

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Release date: 1971
Genres: science fiction
Updated: May 15, 2011