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Space Lords

by Cordwainer Smith

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Pyramid

Pub year: 1965

Cover price: 50¢


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Cover tagline

Their power reached across space and time — to defy them was death — or worse

Back cover text

Lords and Rebels

The Lords of the Instrumentality ruled all the planets of the Universe, from Manhome itself to Norstrilia — and their rule was absolute. There were only a few to defy them — a 200-year-old master thief, the dog-girl who became a saint, the grotesquely tormented convicts of a hell-planet. Their stories — and other eerie, stirring tales of the Instrumentality — make a distinguished and memorable book of science-fiction by one of today's masters.

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Interior text

The Universe of Cordwainer Smith

Giant planoforming ships ply the spaceways...

Men "built" from animals do mankind's labor — and plot in secret...

Living weapons guard the most important secret in existence...

A thousand planets acknowledge one ruler — the Instrumentality of Mankind...

Weird, beautiful, terrifying — these stories of the far future paint a picture of the strangest universe ever imagined.