|Ace SF paperback, 1977. Cover painting by John Melo|
"The golden planet, Astrobe, was perfect, it was Utopia - and it faced a mysterious crisis that would destroy it forever....
In a world where wealth and comfort were free to everyone, why did so many desert paradise for the slums of Cathead and the Barrio? Why were increasing numbers of the population choosing lives of bone-crushing work, squalor and disease?
The rulers of Astrobe couldn't figure it out - no one in their universe could - so they searched into the past for the man that could lead them from certain disaster. There was only one choice...."