The ByworlderPoul 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.
Genres: science fiction
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.