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The Flame of Iridar/Peril of the Starmen

by Lin Carter and Kris Neville

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Belmont

Pub year: 1967

Cover price: 50¢


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Book detail for The Flame of Iridar/Peril of the Starmen

Cover tagline

Can strength alone vanquish the Wizard's sorcery on the Red World?

DESTROY THE GREEN PLANET was the Starmen's order ... and thus began Earth's final countdown.

Back cover text

From out of the gloom in the dungeon where Chandar, Prince of Orin, awaited a tortured death, Sarkond the Enchanter shimmered into reality. His emerald eyes gleamed with an inhuman lustre as, with a soundless command, and without a touch, he mysteriously released the chains which bound Chandar. The prize Sarkond then offered Chandar was freedom, the price — the timeless struggle between two opposing forces ... a man who used the secret powers of the universe for his own schemes ... a man who vowed to stop him by his own strength and wits.


Five inhabited planets had been shattered to nothingness by the Oligarchs of Brionmar. The sixth was to be Earth....

The people of Earth welcomed the smiling and friendly starmen of Brionmar with gracious approval. The starmen asked only one favor — "Let us make a geological survey of your planet's surface."

who would suspect the true purpose of the survey — who would stop the countdown to the destruction of Earth which began the moment the starmen landed?

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Interior text

Deep inside the huge spaceship, the Oligarch spoke to the three chosen starmen. "It would be dangerous to try to work secretly. If they were to discover us in the midst of planting the explosive, it would be fatal. We'll go down and ask the Earthmen their permission. You will learn their language and when we land, lull their natural suspicions. It will be your responsibility to see that we blow up the planet on schedule!

"I don't need to tell you that you can't fail."