Cover illustration by John Avon
First published by Ballantine Books in 1975.
Previously published as two separate novels:
Publisherís Blurb Ė Lower Cover
- The Planet Buyer (Pyramid Books, 1964)
- Previously published in a shorter form in Galaxy (April 1964 issue) as The Boy Who Bought Old Earth
- The Underpeople (Pyramid Books, 1968)
- Previously published in a shorter form in Worlds of If (May 1964 issue) as The Store of Heart's Desire
What happens in the story?
It starts with Rod McBan. We know his family was distinguished. We know the poor kid was born to troubles. He was due to inherit the Station of Doom.
And then he gets around. He crosses all sorts of people. Címell, the most beautiful of the girlygirls. Jean-Jacques Vomact, whose family preceded the human race. The wild old man at Adaminaby. The trained spiders of Earthport. The Lord Jestocost whose name is a page in history. Tostig Amaral, about whom the less said the better. Ruth, in pursuit, Címell, in flight. The Lady Johanna, laughing.
He gets away. He got away. See, thatís the story.
Now you donít have to read it.
Except for the details . . .
"Unforgettable sf visions"- New York Times Book Review
"Vividly drawn and wonderfully suggestive . . . it serves to confirm that Cordwainer Smith was one of science fictionís most original writers"- Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels
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