The Time-Raider & The Whisper of Death

9781612872735: The Time-Raider & The Whisper of Death

Armchair Fiction presents extra large editions of classic science fiction double novels. Edmond Hamilton’s “The Time-Raider” is the first novel. Hamilton was one of the greatest storytellers in the history of science fiction. He and E. E. “Doc” Smith and his old pal Jack Williamson were essentially the fathers of modern space opera. In “The Time-Raider,” Hamilton tells the story of two men, Wheeler and Lantin, who travel through time searching for their long-lost comrade who was kidnapped thousands of years into the future by a strange, unknown being. Although there are none of the massive outer space battles that Hamilton was famous for, there is nevertheless a plethora of pitched combat sequences, including an epic air battle involving hundreds of futuristic flying machines that chase each other through time. “The Time-Raider” is another great classic from the golden age of science fiction. The second novel “The Whisper of Death” by another master science fiction storyteller, Harl Vincent. This ingenious tale departs a little from the usual vein of science fiction tales found in the pages of pulp magazines like Amazing and Astounding back in the 1930s. It is in some ways very contemporary to today’s world in that it deals with a terrorist plot to completely destroy—by means of a fantastic invention—the economies of the United States and the other large economic powers of the world. There is an element of tragedy and romance in this grand tale. It all begins with a bizarre phenomenon that takes place in many of the world’s largest cities—a phenomenon that is characterized with a sudden and almost total loss of sound. Thousands of helpless citizens mill about in a state of unchecked panic, unable to hear anything other than a slight fluttering noise—barely distinguishable. It was a sound not unlike the fleeting call of a low whisper. A whisper of death...

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