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The Ballad of Beta-2

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Centuries ago, the Star Folk had left Earth on twelve spaceships on a generations-long mission to colonize the distant stars. Ten of the ships had reached their destinations. Two had failed-and nobody, in the hundreds of years since the disaster, had the slightest inkling of what had happened.

Joneny, a student of galactic anthropology, was assigned the problem. It had seemed routine to him. Just some faster-than-light travel to the two wrecked ships, a bit of poking around, and then writing up his findings.

But he was ill-prepared for what he found in space at the site of the two ancient wrecks. One, the Sigma-9, was not subject to the laws of time-stasis (the only exception to a universal law), and it was covered entirely with a mysterious green fire that shimmered so much that it seemed alive! And the other ship, the Beta-2, was nowhere to be found. Only a fragment of a mysterious poem could possibly provide a clue.

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Hardback Editions

July 1978 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Ballad of Beta 2 (Hale SF)
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
ISBN: 0-7091-6755-5 / 978-0-7091-6755-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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1977 : USA Hardback
Title: The Ballad Of Beta 2 ...
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
ISBN: 0-8398-2393-2 / 978-0-8398-2393-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Boston: Gregg Press,
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Paperback Editions

August 1982 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Ballad of Beta-2
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
ISBN: 0-553-20312-6 / 978-0-553-20312-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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January 1977 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: "The Ballad of Beta-2" and "Empire Star"
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
ISBN: 0-7221-2908-4 / 978-0-7221-2908-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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1969 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: The Ballad of Beta-2
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
ISBN: 0-441-04722-X / 978-0-441-04722-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Ballad of Beta-2
Author(s): Samuel R Delany
Publisher: Gateway
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