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F-149 King of the 4th Planet/Cosmic Checkmate GOOD
King Of The Fourth Planet
By Robert Moore Williams
This can now be called a "prophetic" science-fiction novel. Long before we closely examined the surface of Mars in our real world-line, RMW prognosticated a super-high mountain on the Red Planet! Of course, the real Olympus Mons is not likely to contain an entire alien civilization, but, until we actually go there in person, who knows?
John Rolf fled his own guilt when he abandoned the corruption of Earth for a life of meditation on the many levels of Mars' mountain, ruled as tradition had it by a king with amazing powers. In this serene climate, Rolf perfected an invention that would explore the human mind-and thereby unearthed (unmarsed?) a menace that threatened to annihilate the ancient Martian culture.
The discovery confronted Rolf with the crisis of his loyalty and his past. To defy Earth? Or save Mars?
By Charles DeVet & Katherine MacLean
A unique plot: turns the "man-against-a-world" theme on its head. The man represents an empire of some 10,000 worlds, but he becomes convinced that the lone, unaligned planet he is investigating cannot be defeated!
"I'll beat you the second game," was the Earthman's challenge to the planet Velda, whose culture was indeed based on a complicated super-chess of skill and concentration. A Human and a Veldian could meet over a game board, but was there any other ground for understanding?
For the code of Velda was strange and savage, based on a concept of honor no Earthman could comprehend. The men were warriors and the women were-mysteries.
One world was challenging a galaxy, as one man was challenging that world.
Covers are clean, each with full-length crinkles, reading creases, and light edge and corner wear. One crease in spine. Pages are browned. Binding is tight, but slightly concave.