Alien StarSwarm / Human's Burden(2010)
An omnibus of novels by Rory Barnes, Damien Broderick and Robert Sheckley
In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles" (flip one book over to read the second title)--here is the sixth Wildside Double. ALIEN STARSWARM, by Robert Sheckley Salvatore commands the battleship Endymion. He's seen his share of battles and fought them bravely, too. So he doesn't hesitate when beautiful Princess Hatari pleads for his help. She wants to regain her throne, but it may be more than Salvatore can accomplish, for the deadly race known as the Balderdash has taken over the planet Melchior--and now, even his own men have turned against him! HUMAN'S BURDEN, by Damien Broderick and Rory Barnes Poor Jack Wong is a clueless cadet at the Unified Space Academy when his pod is stranded on a planet of disgusting aliens. All he wants to do, other than escape, is to fulfill his proud duty to advance Earth Culture's Primary Heuristic: "Wherever possible, find the weak spot in an alien civilization and interfere as much as possible for the benefit of humanity." It's the Human's Burden! But everything comes unstuck, made worse by his irritating Machiavellian AI. And that's just the start of Jack's troubles in space and time....
Used availability for Rory Barnes's Alien StarSwarm / Human's Burden
October 2010 : USA Paperback