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The Pirates of Zan

by Murray Leinster

Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1959

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

The Deadliest Do-Gooder in all space

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: The Mutant Weapon

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Interior text

Warning: buccaneers in orbit!

Because Bron Hoddan was a serious electronics engineer, he didn't want any part of his particular planetary heritage. For he was from Zan — and Zan's only occupation was spaceship piracy!

So Bron went to Walden, the most civilized planet of them all. His first step to making himself a good reputation was to invent a machine that would save the government millions.

But when instead he was seized and jailed as the most unspeakable criminal in Walden's history, he realized that there was only one way open to remedy this "civilized" disaster. And that was by putting into use some of Zan's old-fashioned buccaneering techniques!

Cast of characters

Bron Hoddan
He knew what was good for him, but not what was bad.

She may have been sweet, but she wasn't nice.

His stupidity had a purpose — self-interest.

Don Loris
This sneaky character stopped creeping when he met a bigger sneak.

Lady Fani
No one could afford to ignore her, except the man she loved.

Because he was Bron's best friend, he had to betray him.