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All of the Science Fiction Vega Books were written by Lionel Fanthorpe under a variety of pen names.

GUN-FIRE AT BIG NEEDLES

HIS TURN TO SETTLE A SCORE. . . .

But Clay had already started his lunge and, as the gun went off, he slapped it hard to one side. The bullet screeched its song of death close to his ear, then buried deep into the side of the bank building.

Before Benson could recover, Clay had twisted the gun out of his hand.

Benson fell to his knees in the dirt and began to plead for his miserable life.

"Don't shoot!" he shivered. "Don't kill me--please!"

Crack!

The rifle across the street send a bullet screaming through the alley, too high to do any real damage.

Clay reached out and grabbed Benson by the lapels of his coat and pulled him close to the ground so that no stray bullets could reach them.

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140 pages
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IN THE BEGINNING

The small archaeological expedition under Sir Philip Laveringham had headed up-river into one of the most inaccessible spots in the whole of the South American continent, following an ancient native legend of a visitor from the sky who had landed there, according to modern reckoning, sometime before the beginning of history. On the site, they discover, buried beneath a mound of rubble and earth, the remains of an earlier civilization but one which, from their artifacts, must have been several thousands of years in advance of its time.

Weapons, found among the ruins, appeared to be as much in advance of rifles and atomic missiles as these are in advance of flint axes. The question which remains to be answered is: What happened to the originators of these weapons which, from their appearance, could never have come from Earth? Seemingly there was little to choose between the two theories advanced; that there had, at sometime in Earth's far past, been an alien civilization on Earth, one which had either died out or left of its own accord--or these weapons had been left there as a stockpile against a time when the aliens might come again.

There was, however, one other explanation. That the aliens were still on Earth, still alive--and still very dangerous, playing some cosmic game known only to themselves. . . .

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MURDER IS SO EASY

There was no mistaking it; someone, for some unknown reason, had tried to kill Joyce her first night at Cherry Landing. Someone--but who? And why? Was it Doreen, who apparently still had some kind of childish crush on Jeff? Could she resent their coming marriage that much? Or could it have been Alma, Jeff's beautiful young step-mother? With Jeff's father already dead, did she now fear the marriage would somehow decimate her share of the estate? Surely Dodie could have had no reason . . . or Conrad . . . or Raymond Heath. Two would die before she knew the answer . . .

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PLAN FOR CONQUEST

It started out as something novel: a company of scientists and their wives living in the prototype of the society of the future, a society governed by a huge cybernetic unit.

New Society, on the remote southern moors was an environment in which leisure took top place. If you wanted to pour a drink, bathe the baby or even drive your car, you sat back and allowed "Aunt Edie," the great man-made brain, to do it for you through her multitudinous extensions.

And it worked . . . up to a point.

When that point was reached and crossed, life in New Society became a full-scale struggle for survival against a macabre enemy, a cunning adversay which turned the New Society experiment into a nightmare. For this was the clash between man and his own scientific ingenuity.

In this unusual science-fiction novel, A. A. Glynn tells of the attempt of a few men and women, for whom time was fast running out, to ward off a violent menace and halt a frightening PLAN FOR CONQUEST. . . .

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144 pages
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SPACE FURY

Blake had waited a long time for his big chance. Finally the selection board called him in. This was it. He got his promotion, his captainís ticket and his first assignment. Vorgal was a tough planet but Blake was ready for it. He was the first spaceman to land on Vorgal without crashing. He was the first human being to see a Vorgalian and live. He was the first to learn the planetís deadly secret and come back alive. But . . . when he went into landing orbit around Earth they fired on him. No one would believe that the impossible had happened. They thought Blakeís body was being used by an alien, and unless he could convince them fast he would die. Without his secret knowledge of Vorgal, Earth would die too. . . .

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148 pages
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SPECIAL MISSION

Kerrigan was a legend in his own lifetime. He was the kind of electric personality around whom strange stories accumulate like iron filings dancing towards a magnet. When Kerrigan failed to return from a special mission in 2178 the stories grew wilder. Some of his crew refused to believe he was dead, others went to look for him. By 2180 it was as fasionable to go to Lunar Base to look for Kerrigan as it had been fashionable to hunt monsters in Loch Ness two centuries before.

His brother Harry was open-minded about the stories. Even a little sickened by the Transport Companies who were cashing in on Kerrigan's disappearance. Then Harry met Susan Croft, and his opinion of the transport companies changed a little. Susan was a telepath, and she believed that Kerrigan was trying to contact her. Lunar, however, is a big, empty, dusty place, and it was worse than looking for a needle in a haystack. Then one day they saw Kerrigan, or something that looked like Kerrigan.

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