Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press, 2002. 2nd hardcover edition. Fine in fine dj. Is it possible to interfere with History in a moral way, especially if profit is the primary motivation for doing so? In fact, is it possible to sustain any ethical standards at all when handed what amounts to unlimited power? These and other shadowy questions are raised in Black Projects, White Knights, Kage Baker's Unofficial History of Dr. Zeus, Inc.—known to its employees simply as the Company. This collection brings together the early Company stories in one volume for the first time. Also included here are new stories, three of which are previously unpublished—and one of these, "The Queen in Yellow," written exclusively for this book. Follow the secret activities of the Company's field agents—once Human, now centuries-old time-traveling immortal cyborgs: Botanist Mendoza's search for the rare hallucinogenic Black Elysium grape in 1844 Spanish-held Santa Barbara, California ("Noble Mold"); Facilitator Joseph's dreamlike solicitation of the ill-of-health Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879 ("The Literary Agent"); Marine Salvage Specialist Kalugin's recovery of an invaluable Eugčne Delacroix painting from a sunken yacht off the coast of Los Angeles in 1894 ("The Wreck of the Gladstone"); and Literature Preservationist Lewis's retrieval of priceless literary artifacts, in 1914 Egypt, from the mummy case of Princess Sit-Hathor-Yunet ("The Queen in Yellow"). This collection also includes the first four Alec Checkerfield stories—and the alert reader should be able to piece together the mystery of Alec's life: Who created this little superman, and to what purpose? Cover art by J. K. Potter. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.