The future of mankind is in the hands of the legendary Corps of One Hundred, an elite body of warriors, selected and trained for the greatest honours in the empire of man.
But there is something different about Tedric, the strange Corpsman who is not of this earth.
The Scientists, the guardians of peace in the universe, have chosen him to play a special role. He knows he has lived before. He has braved the terrors of primordial magic, and he knows there are greater battles to come.
When a miners' revolt threatens the vital Dalkanium supplies and a dreaded Wykzl warship looms on the horizon, Tedric knows his moment of glory is at hand...
E. E. 'Doc' Smith (1890 - 1965)
Edward Elmer Smith was born in Wisconsin in 1890. He attended the University of Idaho and graduated with degrees in chemical engineering; he went on to attain a PhD in the same subject, and spent his working life as a food engineer. Smith is best known for the 'Skylark' and 'Lensman' series of novels, which are arguably the earliest examples of what a modern audience would recognise as Space Opera. Early novels in both series were serialised in the dominant pulp magazines of the day: Argosy, Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories and a pre-Campbell Astounding, although his most successful works were published under Campbell's editorship. Although he won no major SF awards, Smith was Guest of Honour at the second World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, in 1940. He died in 1965.