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True classic SF
on 24 July 2013
This book is an old friend, I used to own a copy that I bought from a library but over the years and many moves it got lost along the way - so very pleased to find it on Kindle.
A hard story to describe, even harder without spoiling.
Set in a future where humans have a wide empire but are relatively few in number there is a war in time brewing over a book written by Asher Sutton. But Asher Sutton hasn't written the book yet and has only just mysteriously returned after a 20 year mission to the one part of space where humanity has not been able to visit. All sorts of groups want to stop the book, influence the book or simply ensure it gets written. And what could be the subject of a book that could trigger a war?
It's an ideas book but with plenty of action & a dash of romance - Simak's not Sutton's that is.
It was one of his earliest books, written in 1951 but for my money it stands the test of time.