Carter, Lin
CALLISTO [cal 1,2]
book-date: 2000
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Trade paperback
Jim Steranko

iBooks/Pocket Books 1st printing June 2000 trade paperback. Cover by James Steranko, 418 pages, $14.00 cover price. (Size is 5-1/4" by 8-1/4") Condition is near-Fine or better: tight and square with flat spine; no age-tanning; trace of overall wear (see scan.) No stamps, marks or writing - a clean, new-looking copy. (That great cover by Steranko was first used on Leigh Brackett's The Ginger Star in 1974, but it works very well for this volume, too.)

Callisto - an omnibus of the first 2 books by Lin Carter in the "Callisto" series. Carter wrote both SF and Fantasy, and was also important as an editor of Fantasy - editing Ballantine's Adult Fantasy line in the late Sixties, which revived many important works. Most of his work falls into the "planetary romance" or "sword and sorcery" categories. [Interestingly, he wrote himself into this series: Lin Carter equates to Lankar, in Lankar of Callisto.]

At the height of the Vietnam War, Jon Dark is a helicopter pilot for the International Red Cross, flying rescue missions... until the day his helicopter crashes in the Cambodian jungles. Cut off from American troops, he searches for a way out, only to find a lost city - and the gateway to another world. Stepping through the portal, he arrives on Callisto - a savage, hostile world terrorized by insect-men and the infamous Sky Pirates of Zanadar. It is a world of black and crimson jungles where Jon Dark - now known as Jandar - finds not only chilling dangers await him, but also the love of a beautiful princess.

Jandar of Callisto - (copyright 1972)

Black Legion of Callisto - (copyright 1972)