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The Jewels of Aptor

by Samuel R. Delany

Condition: Very Good


Ace Books. Very Good. 1968. Softcover. Cover has light wear to edges/corners, one tiny taped tear upper spine, spine slightly cocked forward. Pages clean and intact, age tanning inside covers and page edges; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; What was the strange impetus that drove a group of four widely different humans to embark on a fear-filled journey across a forbidden sea to a legendary land? This was Earth still, but the Earth of a future terribly changed after a planet-searing disaster, a planet of weird cults, mutated beasts, and people who were not always entirely human. As for the four who made up that questing party, they included a woman who was either a goddess, a witch, or both; a four-armed boy whose humanity was open to question; and two more men with equally "wild" talents. The story of their voyage, of the power-wielding "jewels" they sought, of the atomic and post-atomic terrors they encountered, is a remarkable science-fiction odyssey of the days to come. (95os,0514) .

The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published novel. Prior to this, he had sold a pair of articles to Seventeen Magazine, only one of which was printed. A year before that, two prize stories had appeared in the national student magazine, Literary Cavalcade. The book first appeared as an Ace Double with Second Ending by James White.




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