“The Emperor of the Universe”
Published under the pen name Rene Lafayette
Publication date: November 1949
Original publication: Startling Stories
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Conquest of Space
Story description: When Erskine encounters “The Emperor of the Universe,” again, the old man is dead, lying within yards of his disreputable old spacecraft and its extraordinary cargo—the seeds the “Emperor” has been sowing among the barren planets in preparation for man’s coming among the distant stars.