Anderson, Poul: The Burning Bridge, v1, 14 March 2010.
Poul Anderson [1926–2001]
The Burning Bridge 
Illustrated by van Dongen
Is Captain Joshua leading his small band of space colonists to the Promised Land? And can the message from Earth to his deep-space fleet be trusted? He is reaching the point of no return in the trip and must make the hardest decision of his life…
Project Gutenberg Transcriber’s Note: This etext was produced from “Astounding Science Fiction” January 1960. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.