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Let the Galaxy Burn
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Editor Christian Dunn and Marc Gascoigne
Publisher Black Library
Authors Dan Abnett, Barrington J. Bayley, Mark Brendan, Andy Chambers, Ben Counter, Jonathan Curran, Jonathan Curren, Robert Earl, Matthew Farrer, C.S. Goto, Jonathan Green, Alex Hammond, Simon Jowett William King, Graham McNeill, Andras Millward, Chris Pramas, Neil Rutledge, Gav Thorpe
Released 2006
Pages 768

Let the Galaxy Burn is a compilation of short stories set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, edited by Christian Dunn and Marc Gascoigne, and first published in 2006. The majority of these stories were first published in prior Black Library anthologies, including Into The Maelstrom, Dark Imperium, and Words of Blood. Three new short stories are featured, Playing Patience, The Tower and The Fall of Malvolion.

Contents

WE ARE THE SPACE MARINES, THE CHAMPIONS OF HUMANITY

SUFFER NOT THE ALIEN TO LIVE

The Fall of Malvolion

By Dan Abnett

Synopsis

Imperial forces rush to evacuate the world of Malvolion as it faces the threat of Tyranid invasion. Trooper Karl Gauss, unable to sleep because of recurring nightmares about stumbling onto a genestealer nest the week before, asks to be given a job, and is assigned to drive one of the evacuation trucks. His commander warns him that the Shadow has already fallen across the system, and it is only a matter of time before the creatures begin landing.

But it is already too late for Malvolion: the Tyranids have already landed, and the might of the Imperial Guard's soldiers and armour are useless against the sheer numbers of creatures that appear in their midst.

While driving the convoy, Gauss watches in horror as they are ambushed and overwhelmed by the advancing Tyranids. Salvation arrives when Drop pods slam into the planet and the Lamenters appear and strike back at the monsters... but less than an hour after their arrival, they are overwhelmed by the Tyranid swarms and wiped out to the last man. Seeing even the mighty Space Marines cut down like so much chaff, Gauss realizes their last hope is gone.

Wounded, he crawls into a foxhole, makes his peace with the Emperor, and prays that a similar fate will never befall his homeworld, before blowing his own head off with his laspistol.

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ONLY IN DEATH DOES DUTY END

INNOCENCE PROVES NOTHING

The Tower

By C. S. Goto

FOR THE EMPEROR!

BURN THE HERETIC, KILL THE MUTANT, PURGE THE UNCLEAN

Playing Patience

By Dan Abnett

KILL THEM ALL!

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