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The Jewels of Aptor

by Samuel R. Delany

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 40¢


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Was their leader a mistress of science or a witch of mutants?

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: Second Ending

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Interior text

Quest and Futurity's Ruins

What was the strange impetus that drove a group of four widely different humans to embark on a fear-filled journey across a forbidden sea to a legendary land?

This was Earth still, but the Earth of a future terribly changed after a planet-searing disaster, a planet of weird cults, mutated beasts, and people who were not always entirely human. As for the four who made up that questing party, they included a woman who was either a goddess, a witch, or both, a four-armed boy whose humanity was open to question, and two more men with equally "wild" talents.

The story of their voyage, of the power-wielding "jewels" they sought, of the atomic and post-atomic terrors they encountered, is a remarkable science-fiction odyssey of the days to come.