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The Dragon Masters

by Jack Vance

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Ace

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 40¢


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Cover tagline

Which was master, which was monster?

Back cover text

Part of an Ace Double: The Five Gold Bands

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Interior text

Set a Monster to Catch a Monster

War between the Basics and man had been waged intermittently over a period of many decades. Previous encounters had left each side with prisoners of the other species and each had performed remarkable genetic experiments.

Thus, when they met again transformed men were slaves to the lizardlike Basics, fighting their battles and transporting their weapons, while on the other side, transformed Basics became dragons of all shapes and sizes, geared to fight the fiercest battle their human masters could plan.

The nearness of the red star Coralyne predicted the imminence of the next conflict. Joaz Banbeck readied his war dragons to meet the attack. For upon his success might rest the entire future of the race of man on his world.