1967’s Lords of the Starship is the first volume in Mark S. Geston’s darkly cynical The Wars trilogy.
Having blighted the Earth with apocalyptic wars against darkest evil, the remnants of civilization are trapped in a long, slow decline. The pitiful nations of this future squander their resources on pointless petty wars. Recovery seems impossible. The only open question appears to be how long it will take for humans to vanish from wounded Earth.
General Toriman approaches Sir Henry Limpkin with a bold plan to redeem humanity’s collective soul.