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The Man Who Used the Universe. 1983 The Man Who Used the Universe
by Alan Dean Foster
First Edition 1983
Nelson Doubleday / Science Fiction Book Club
New York
Publisher Code: 4099
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Jill Bauman
244 pages
Price: $3.98

A standalone novel.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the first printing of the 1984 Orbit paperback edition, ISBN 0708881114. Cover illustrator unknown.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover

Kees vaan Loo-Macklin is a born killer, a criminal prodigy who seized the reins of the intergalactic underworld, then sold out to go legit. Even then he could see there was no future on Evenwaith with its poisoned atmosphere and cities sheathed in glass and steel tubes; only the ever-present threat of interstellar war.

He reached out, as no other man had ever dared, to the Nuel, slimy amorphous aliens, Evenwaith’s natural enemies, to make a truce on his own uncompromising terms. And the Nuel surrender the keys to their kingdom, giving him the secrets of their survival in return for the illusion of peace.

Then the questions begin: why has he done it? Greed, personal power, revenge – or to achieve some darker and more desperate aim?

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