Contrairement aux apparences, il n'y a pas de dragon ailé dans le premier roman de ce dyptique qui raconte les derniers jours de la Terre et la fuite de Barry Lassiter avec quelques bienheureux vers la lune. Mais comme il se rendent sur Venus par la suite, les oiseaux géants vampires y font leur apparition. When the World Died, set in 1998, describes how Barry Lassiter, on the run from the Empire Police, is rescued by a group of scientists who intend to save a handful of people from the inevitable war between the western Confederation and Eastern Empire by setting up a colony on Venus. The second novel, Vampires of Venus, is set twenty years later amongst the few survivors of the Earthian race as they battle giant vampire birds and try to discover the motives of a visiting Martian.

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