|Flying to Valhalla (1993) [Novel]|
by Charles Pellegrino
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Having harnessed the power of anti-matter, a devastating force capable of obliterating galaxies, humankind sets out for the stars in search of unknown life forms...and possible competitors. But at the midpoint of the 21st century, as the relativistic spacecraft Valkyrie approaches the inhabited fourth world of Alpha Centauri A, the masters on Earth harbor grave fears about the mission's outcome. Transmissions from Chris Wayville, the male half of the husband and wife team manning Valkyrie, have revealed a mind seriously unbalanced by an earlier death/rebirth experience on the Earth's moon. The man who may control the destiny of an alien planet, and perhaps his homeworld's as well, is quite possibly insane.
On A-4, Chris and Clarice Wayville are welcomed by a benign and intelligent marsupial race whose ancient past is linked to man's in bizarre and sinister ways. Here where the smallest mistake can have species-threatening consequences, the visitors struggle in vain to preserve the integrity of the intruded-upon civilization. But through it all, Chris Wayville's dark visions persist—horrifying premonitions of death and destruction shared by a renegade Alphan astronomer. And in a monent of weakness, the Wayvilles will bring crisis to their adopted world—by inadvertently introducing their gentle, unsuspecting hosts to the most terrible of Earthborn concepts: war.
Original title: Flying to Valhalla
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Space Travel & Exploration