By Dean R Koontz

WRITER'S DIGEST • CINCINNATI

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Podkayne of Mars is copyright 1963, by Robert A. Heinlein, and is published in hardcovers by G.P. Putnams Sons. The Puppet Masters is copyright 1951, by Robert A. Heinlein, and is published in hardcovers by Doubleday and Company, Inc. The sections from these works appearing in this book are reprinted by permission of the author and his agent Lurton Blassingame. Quotations from Thorns, Nightwings, and The Masks of Time are copyright 1967, 1968, and 1969 by Robert Silver-berg, and are reprinted by permission of the author and his agent Scott Meredith Literary Agency, Inc. Big Planet is copyright 1957 by Jack Vance and is quoted by permission of the author. Don't Lie to Me is copyright 1972 by Tucker Coe, published in hardcovers by Random House, and is quoted by permission of the author and his agent Henry Morrison. Legacy of Terror, Demon Child are copyright 1971 by Deanna Dwyer and are quoted by permission of the author. The Haunted Earth is copyright 1973 by Dean R. Koontz. The appearance of the original sample chapter and outline, from which it was sold, is by permission of Lancer Books.

Design: Fred Lieberman

Second printing, 1974.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 72-92664 ISBN 0-911654-21-6

Writer's Digest 9933 Alliance Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Copyright © 1972 by Dean R. Koontz. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America

Lynne Ellinwood, whose suggestions made this a much better book than it might have been, And to Robert Hoskins, who taught me most of what I'm now teaching, with apologies for beating him to the punch with this book

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