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WORLD OF PROMISE [d23]
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Tight and almost square with flat spine. Front cover shows a light haze of speckling - where close contact with another book caused ink transfer / back cover shows a fainter haze of dots of ink that it picked up from another book.
The Dumarest series lasted about 30 books, and I would recommend most of the early ones (particularly the Ace-Doubles) as good reading. If you're not familiar with the premise, Earl Dumarest was born on Earth, but wandered so far from it in a crowded galaxy that people in the region he is currently in think that Earth is but a legend, like "El Dorado." (The Traveller gaming system, with High and Low Passage, quicktime and basic, is loosely based on the very populated galaxy Dumarest travels in.) He picks up friends and enemies, and occaisionally a clue pointing towards Earth.
World of Promise - #23 in the series. Ascelius was an academic world, whose primary business was teaching the knowledge of thousands of worlds, and housing great universities and colleges. Such a world was surely the place to learn of the legendary planet called Earth. When Dumarest went there, he found that there had once been a study group for Earth lore. But it was not easy to find the remnants and seek the discarded files of their discussions. The dreaded Cyclan already had a foothold on Ascelius, and genetic engineering of man and monster was the latest fad. But Dumarest was known to be stubborn - even if it meant death for others, and possibly himself.