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Wallace, Ian
book-date: 1968
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Hardcover, Ex-Library
Paul Lehr

Book= VG+ or better
Dustjacket= VG+ or better

Better than most ex-library books, this is tight and square. There are many typical ex-lib traces: including pocket remnant on back endpaper; stamps on top, side & bottom page blocks; interior is mosty very clean (although I noticed a 1" mark on page 4.) Price-clipped DJ is in pretty good shape with no tears, and some fading of color on spine. DJ protector took most of any wear, and has been discarded - but the DJ is glued firmly to the book, and I don't want to risk the damage to the DJ that removal would cause.

Dr. Orpheus (1968), by Ian Wallace - a sequel to Croyd (1967.) For those who haven't read him, Ian Wallace is probably comparable to Van Vogt, as a writer of "no holds barred" time-and-space-opera. Most of his books center on 2 main characters: detective Claudine St. Cyr and the superman Croyd - who eventually meet, thus combining the 2 series.

While Croyd may be ruler of the human worlds, he faces a 2-pronged threat this time. Aliens from another galaxy are approaching with the intent of implanting fertile eggs in humans. To facilitate this they have, in an earlier time, given the egomaniacal Dr. Orpheus use of an immortality drug - Anagonon - which has a side-effect forcing anyone who takes it to obey anyone they recognize as their heirarchical better (like Dr. Orpheus.) Croyd resorts to time-travel, mind-transfers, and a shell game of body transpositions to meet this threat. [Thanks to Clute & Nichols' Encyclopedia of SF for plot summary.]

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