Passage To Pluto
(FR - Naufragés dans l'espace - lit. "Shipwrecks of Space")
- Publishing details:
UK: Faber, 1973, h/b, in print until about 1978. ISBN 0-571-09908-4.
US: T.Nelson Books, 1975, h/b.
FR: Éditions G.P., 1977. ISBN 2-261-00409-5.
Chris has become deputy-director of UNEXA, and thus will not accompany Tony, Morrey
and Serge on their next mission - to discover the reason for small changes in the
orbit of Pluto. When they arrive, they discover the cause is a super-dense wandering
planet, which they name Planet X. They then make a horrifying discovery - not only
have their fuel tanks been holed during the journey, but Planet X will decimate
the solar system!
The last of the 'exploration' novels, as Walters' realistic approach to space travel
would not allow journeys to other stars to be attempted. The exploration of the
solar-system certainly ends with a bang rather than a whimper however!