"A vast, breathing, sappy mass; a trunk five miles in diameter, and twelve miles from the great gnarled roots to the ultimate bud-the 'Vital Exprescience' in the cant of the Druids. The Tree ruled the horizons, shouldered aside the clouds, and wore thunder and lightning like a wreath of tinsels. It was the soul of life, trampling and vanquishing the inert, an Joe understood how it had come to be worshipped by the first settlers of Kyril."
For Joe Smith, the sight of the tree was the beginning of an experience that would forever change his life. He had journeyed into space in search of a man, but found instead the Tree. A Tree which held the power of life-and-death over millions of slaves!
The Houses Of Iszm
by Jack Vance
Cover by Dean Ellis
The people of Iszm lived in homes that were alive. Their dwelling places were elaborate, lush, hollow trees, wherein the very walls, floors and ceilings, and even the furniture and plumbing, were all the part of a living, thriving plant.
The Iszic, alone of all the peoples in the Universe, possessed the secret of cultivation such a dwelling. The result was that they were the holders of a tremendous, lucrative monopoly, exporting millions of such homes to all the other worlds.
For decades, aliens from other worlds, including Earth, had beendesperately trying to steal a female house-seed in order to break the monopoly. The Iszic Security Forces had squashed every attempt -- so far --
Some dirt on the covers, and the Iszm side has a really ugly reading crease, a diagonal crease at bottom, and spots of heavy edge wear. Spine is worn at corners. Pages are white. Binding is tight and square.