The Unwilling Hero, published in 1949 in Startling Stories

“The Unwilling Hero”
Published under the pen name Rene Lafayette

Publication date: July 1949

Original publication: Startling Stories

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Conquest of Space

Story description: It’s not hunger for personal glory or adventure that propels Vic Hardin into the far reaches of outer space on a daring rescue mission: he’s been ordered out there by his editor.