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By Poul Anderson

Aeneas is the powder keg of the universe, a frontier planet the place uprising is a manner of life--and loss of life. Smarting less than the thumb of the Terran Empire after a virtually winning struggle opposed to Imperial rule, the Aeneans are swept up in a fanatical spiritual stream that provides the go back of the Elder Race.

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