"Probably too dark to be an effective paperback book cover; nevertheless it's an old favorite of mine. I plead intense emotional involvement in Poul Anderson's story as my excuse for perhaps overlooking the difficulty in reproducing it for commercial use."
World Without Stars
Poul Anderson (ACE)
A normal man would have lain down and died, but to Hugh Valland the task before him seemed simple enough. It was necessary to organize a revolution by a group of primitives against their telepathic overlords; build with the help of those same primitives a spaceship virtually from scratch; contact, via that spaceship, a third group of aliens, and enlist their aid in returning home across the galactic abyss. At worst it would take a lifetime...and Valland's one true love, Mary O'Meara was waiting.
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