One of the most universally acclaimed first novels in science fiction - by the man who become one of the most stellar writers in the genre's history. On the orders of Argo, the White Goddess, an itinerant poet and his three companions journey to the island of Aptor. Their mission: to seize a jewel from the dark god Hama and bring it back home. With this precious stone Argo may defeat the malign forces gathered against her and the land of Leptor. But, as the group presses deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor, easy distinctions between good and evil blur, and somehow the task seems less straightforward. For Argo already owns two of the jewels, and possession of the third would give her unqualified power. And, as the four friends already know, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is a pleasure to publish this new, high quality, and affordable edition of this timeless story.
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About the Author
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. — known as Chip Delany to his friends — is an American author, professor, and literary critic. His work embraces fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His most popular books include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, Hogg, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series. Delany was a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.