Section G, the top-secret security unit of United Planets, had a special problem on their hands wit the situation on Firenze. And for that special problem, they gathered together the most unusual squad in Section G's unusual history. It included:
A research biologist who could bend steel bars like rubber bands.
A middle-aged lady with total total recall.
An interplanetary cowboy whose bullwhip was deadlier than a ray gun.
A brazen young lady acrobat who looked like an eight-year-old kid.
A mild young man who never lost a bet in his life.
And the best pickpocket that ever lived.
But Firenze with its CODE DUELLO was to prove a match for the lot of them!
Mack Reynolds (1917-1983)
Dallas McCord ('Mack') Reynolds was born in California in 1917. His father was the Socialist Labor Party Presidential Candidate on two occasions, and Reynolds' life and work were deeply affected by his political upbringing. After early careers in newspapers and computing, Reynolds returned from the Second World War and began to write science fiction. Based in Mexico but travelling widely in his role as Travel Editor for a men's magazine, he started slowly but surely to sell his work. Mack Reynolds wrote the first Star Trek novel, Mission to Horatius, and was once voted Most popular SF Author by the readers of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. He died in 1983.