Thursday, 7 July 2011

ACE DOUBLE: THE SEARCH FOR ZEI + THE HAND OF ZEI

Ace Double paperback, 1963. Cover by Ed Emshwiller ("Emsh").
"Twenty-five degrees north of the equator on the planet Krishna lies the Banjao sea, the largest body of water on this planet. And in this sea is found the Sunqar, home of legend and mystery.

"Here under the scorching rays of the hot high sun, the beaked galleys of Dur and the tubby round ships of Jazmurian slowly rot in the unbreakable grip of a vast floating continent of sea vine. Even the violent storms of the Krishnan sub-tropics no more than ruffle the surface of the immense floating swamp. Nothing, once caught in this web of weed, can escape..."

Barely had Dick Barnevelt written these words as part of a publicity campaign for his boss, than he learned that he would shortly find himself isolated in the middle of this terrible place on a barbaric planet without the aid of scientific equipment, surrounded by deadly dangers, with an unfulfilled mission and the dire necessity of making an escape he had just declared impossible."


Ace Double paperback, 1963. Cover by Ed Emshwiller ("Emsh").
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