The frontiers of space hold many surprises but none as horrific as those encountered by a manned space flight when the hibernation serum malfunctions. But is it an accident or a deliberate attempt to sabotage the mission?
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A manned space flight to Venus strikes problems when a crewmember is effected by a malfunction in the hibernation serum. The serum is extracted from bear's blood - it turns the crewmember into a monster with a taste for human flesh.
One by one it destroys the male members but the female crew manager to overpower it after they land on the planet's surface. Free from their horror, they manage to get the craft repaired and struggle back to earth with a minimal crew.
The flight's doctor joins forces with a private investigator to track down those responsible when it is discovered that the serum was deliberately tampered with by one of the scientists responsible for developing it.
Their search is hampered by conflicting evidence, an unexpected murder and a second searcher with an agenda of her own based on revenge and financial considerations - not justice.
"This is no time to be a hero, Captain," she said. "It's too late to do anything for Cooper. At least his ordeal is over."
"Forever," the captain muttered. "And ours is just starting."
The crew lapsed into silence. The doctor was right. It was too late to do anything for Cooper, but what about for them. They still had to face the creature. What could they do? It appeared so immensely strong, much too strong for any of them. How could they hope to overcome it? Yet they had to if they were to survive.
The silence was broken by the sounds of bones snapping, then growling and slurping noises. The growling gave way to a deep contented rumbling interspersed by crunching noises. The creature sounded quite happy.
It was feeding - on Cooper!