|Hamlyn paperback, 1979. Illustration: Tim White.|
"The first starship to Centauri could only carry 120 lb. of human being, yet required three specialist crewmen to handle it.
The solution was radical but relatively simple. Take a twelve-year-old girl weighing 100 lb., and impress the personalities of three ideal crew members on her mind.
These "shadow" crewmen then took the ship - with the girl - to the stars. Quite naturally the four became close friends - which would make for a decidedly complex problem when they returned.
From the psychiatrists's point of view he's merely restoring the girl's sanity. But from the crew's point of view it's murder!"
Reign of the Telepuppets
The rear-cover makes no light of this, but Project Barrier is a short story collection. The synopsis references Recovery Area, whilst Tim White's cover illustration seems to be for Reign of the Telepuppets. You know, just in case you were wondering.