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Lord of The Green Planet

by Emil Petaja

Cover artist: Kelly Freas

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1967

Cover price: 60¢


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Cover tagline

A custom made planet for a self-made god

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: Five Against Arlane

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Interior text

The Devil of New Tara

Diarmid O'Dowd, space explorer, was suddenly an Off-worlder in an Old World legend. Since he had crashed his ship through the green barrier to this uncharted world, he found himself due to take a place in the Deel's song of ancient Ireland, living again on New Tara. Diarmid was scheduled to love the Lady and lose to the Lord, be the valiant Son of the Sun, and add a few heartsome verses to the legend — before being fed to Nacran.

But Astronaut O'Dowd wasn't pleased at the role cast for him, and with the help of Old Grane, the Wees, the silkies, and Fianna-of-the-Dreaming-Lips, Diarmid broke the pattern. He had to find and counter the self-established god who had populated the planet with pookas and peasants, fearless heroes and firewings — all to fit a madman's idea of a peopled poem.