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The Games of Neith

by Margaret St. Clair

Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1960

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

Was she woman — or space monster?

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: The Earth Gods Are Coming

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Interior text

Did she hold the key to ecstasy — or to horror?

The people of Gwethym were highly intelligent, rational beings. They worshipped the goddess Neith, not because they believed in such a golden-haired being, but because they recognized the need for religion as a counterbalance to human passions.

So when trouble struck their planet, when they discovered an energy leak which was slowly destroying their world, the Gwethymians turned to science for their answer. If their world was to be saved, the solution must come from the logicians.

Or so they thought, until one day a woman, the image of their goddess Neith, walked across the waters of the harbor and into their city! Then their trouble was two-fold. Would there be anything left to save of their world if they waited for the scientists? And if they didn't, if they put their trust in this goddess whom logic told them could not even exist, would they just be sealing their doom that much quicker?