It is generally agreed upon now that the future is going to be a real wild place: people falling through black holes into embarrassing time warps, genetically superior mutants causing all sorts of mayhem, and brilliant sneaky computers finally taking over and contemplating our extinction. So we're going to need someone to keep it from getting too wild. Those someones are the Nexus Rangers. They are an elite interstellar police force and one of the most famous and formidable is Capt. Epsilon Eridani, who is someone you want on your side but never actually want to meet. For though she's beautiful and brave, she's also astonishingly arrogant. When she says it's her universe and you just live in it, she's not entirely kidding. Just ask her timid and much tormented second-in-command, Lt. Isadore Radiger, a nice guy who really just wants to have a good time. More like her is the other member of her squad, Private Quorveg, a fearsome alien from Chthonia, the Black Hell Planet, who is often more like part of the problem than part of the solution, despite his desire to be more civilized than others of his macabre kind. Then there's their android Ganymede, an aging and run-down metal menial whom Epsilon doesn't even treat as a someone. And someone who doesn't treat anyone like a someone is their artificial intelligence Myra, who runs their station in the Desolation Zone and looks forward to the day when beings of silicon will replace beings of carbon. Not by wiping them out, but simply by intimidating them into losing their will to live. Together they form the Desolation Squad, posted on the frontier of the Nexus near the edge of the galaxy, defending it from all manner of insidious threats and diabolical villains. In this collection of their adventures they take on some of their toughest and weirdest cases, such as a planet where instead of competing all of nature cooperates--to destroy inadvertent intruders; a particularly unruly cosmic child; a powerful horde of rapidly multiplying synthetic minds who find Sylvia Plath to be more than they can handle; a crime caper in the past involving a hard-boiled detective, monstrosities from another dimension, and King Kong; vast, formless, malevolent entities who start canceling physical law, and the only device which can stop them is in the hands of an argumentative and exceedingly self-absorbed being; a desperate fight for survival when a high price is put on Epsilon's head and all manner of contract killers come after her, culminating in a battle in a created hell. These are just a few of the astounding, thrilling, shocking, action-packed, laugh riot escapades of our beleaguered heroes. They're the Milky Way's finest. Even when they're at their worst.