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on May 14, 1996
What would you do if you had absolute power? If you could
walk invisibly in a crowd, knowing that no one would see
or remember you? What if you could take any action you
desired, knowing that there was no penalty, no judgement,
no repercussion?

What if you found out someone else already had that power?

When I saw a copy of Spider Robinson's "Deathkiller" on the
store shelves, my first thought was that somehow the author
and the publisher had slipped one over on me; a new tale of
telepathy and humanity had bypassed hardcover publication
and gone directly to mass-market release. When I turned the
book over and read that this was a single-volume re-release
of his earlier works "Mindkiller" and "Time Pressure" I very
nearly set it right back down.

The only thing that saved me (and you, if you haven't read
it yet for the very same reason) is my longtime habit of
reading the Author's Notes even before purchasing a new book.
In his Notes, Robinson talks a little about his reasons for
this re-issue, and about some of the changes made in this
edition.

Yep, that's right. Changes. Nothing of major plot-changing
importance, but little things that you would never have seen
had the author not pointed them out in his Notes. Robinson
wants the story to get into your head, to make you believe,
and by changing some minor background elements and advancing
the calendar a few years he subtly transforms the world of
"Deathkiller" into a familiar place you can easily live in.

If you are a Spider Robinson fan, this is a necessary
addition to your collection. Even if you already own a
copy of "Mindkiller" and "Time Pressure", this revised
edition still reads like vintage Robinson; and it makes
a terrific way to introduce a friend to a world which
(the author hopes) is very like our own.
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