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F-185 The Dragon Masters / The 5 Gold Bands FAIR
The Dragon Masters
By Jack Vance
Cover by Jack Gaughan
It's always a pleasure to list a Jack Vance Double! This is the first book publication of The Dragon Masters; the only previous appearance was in a magazine.
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 predicated the imminence of the next conflict. Joaz Banbeck readied his war dragons to meet the attack, for upon his success or failure might hang the entire destiny of the human race.
The Five Gold Bands
(The Space Pirate)
By Jack Vance
Five bracelets of solid gold - five clues that began an interstellar treasure hunt. And as the luck of the Irish would have it, Paddy Blackthorn found himself the chief hunter-and the chief hunted.
He had only the cryptic messages imprinted in the five armbands so involuntarily left him by the five interplanetary rulers. He had also the help of a little, black-haired Earther girl to figure out their secrets.
But it was no children's game they were playing. Old Mother Earth, now abandoned by her spawn, foundered on the verge of extinction. Only the treasure Paddy sought would suffice to rescue the home planet-and, incidentally, to rule the entire cosmos!
The covers are clean but there are so many crinkles that each looks like a map of the Los Angeles freeways. Edge and corner wear, only on the Dragon side. Pages are browned. Spine and binding are excellent.