|cover art by Nico Keulers|
Previously, I mentioned that I've never read Jack Vance's "Slaves of the Klau", originally published in 1952 as "Planet of the Damned". According to Rich Horton, the story starts with some humanoid aliens (the Lekthwans) living on Earth. The Lekthwans are so human-like that the human protagonist, Roy Barch, becomes infatuated with a Lekthwan female named Komeitk Lelianr. Before this unlikely romance can get off the ground, Roy and Komeitk get snatched up by the evil Klau, a third species that is trying to conquer the galaxy. (Maybe the Klau need workers to mine gold for them?) The plot of "Slaves of the Klau" sounds similar to that of a set of Vance novels that I have read, the Durdane Series.
|in the Ekcolir Reality|
|in the Buld Reality (ISFDB)|
|original cover art by Alan Atkinson and Brian Salmon|
Special thanks to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create the blue "sedronite" who is in the image shown to the left.
|The Exode Trilogy|
The question remains, to what extent are we all, here in the Final Reality, slaves? This is a deep mystery in the Exode Trilogy. Related Reading.
Next: the analogue of H. G. Wells in the Ekcolir Reality.
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