To Outlive Eternity

From the aftermath of World War III to a world inherited by robots, where humans are unwelcome . . . from a handful of human survivors on a starship desperately searching for other ships carrying survivors of the destruction of the entire Earth by an unknown enemy, who may strike again at any time, to another starship hurtling through the cosmos at a speed so close to that of light—and unable to slow down—that relativistic effects make millennia fly by for each tick of the clock onboard . . . from a team striving to make Venus habitable for humans to a group of men who find the ominous secret behind a new quasi-religious philosophy that is sweeping the world. . . . The wide-ranging imagination and exciting storytelling of Poul Anderson brings many different worlds to vivid life in a great volume of his best stories that will thrill all fans of science fiction.

About the Author

Poul Anderson was one of the most prolific and popular writers in science fiction. He won the Hugo Award seven times and the Nebula Award three times, as well as many other awards, notably including the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America for a lifetime of distinguished achievement. With a degree in physics, and a wide knowledge of other fields of science, he was noted for building stories on a solid foundation of real science, as well as for being one of the most skilled creators of fast-paced adventure stories. He was author of over a hundred novels and story collections, and several hundred short stories, as well as several mysteries and non-fiction books. He died in 2001.

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton


This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, March 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2113-6
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Copyright© 1967 by Poul Anderson

Original appearances of stories:

To Outlive Eternity originally appeared in Galaxy Magazine, June 1967 and August 1967, copyright 1967 by Galaxy Publishing Corporation.

"No Truce with Kings" originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1963. Copyright 1963 by Mercury Press, Inc.

"Progress" originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1962. Copyright 1961 by Mercury Press, Inc.

"Un-Man" originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, January 1953. Copyright 1953 by Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

"The Big Rain" originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction, October 1954. Copyright 1954 by Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

After Doomsday originally appeared in Galaxy Magazine as The Day After Doomsday, December 1961 and February 1962, copyright 1961 by Galaxy Publishing Corporation. First book publication as After Doomsday by Ballantine Books, 1962. Copyright 1962 by Poul Anderson.

"Epilogue" originally appeared in Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, March 1962. Copyright 1962 by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.