Lester del Rey was a prolific American science fiction author and editor. Besides his writing, he is also know for Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction branch of Ballantine Books which he edited with his wife. Among the awards he won were the 1972 E. E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction; the 1985 Balrog Special Award; the 1990 Nebula Grand Master Award; and the title of SFWA Grand Master in l99l. In Victory, one of his best short novels, a victorious captain returns to his home planet after an alien war and finds that victory has a very steep price and that Earthmen seem to have suddenly all become cowards.More
Victory, a 1955 novel by Lester del Rey, takes place at a time when Earth is the most prosperous and peaceful planet in the galaxy.
Del Rey’s novel is the story of one human, Captain Duke O’Neill, who is tired of seeing his planet refusing to rescue alien civilizations that need its help. When he’s recruited for a higher position, he learns the real reason why Earth is such a neutral planet.
Del Rey’s intergalactic parable on interventionism comes from the "Golden Age" of science fiction and is full of vividly imagined alien races. Ran Alan Ricard delivers a tensely voiced performance with distinct voices for these alien characters.
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