A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber (1968, Hardcover)

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A Specter is Haunting Texas
by Fritz Leiber
Publisher: Walker and Company
Copyright 1968
Book Club Edition

Meet Scully Christopher Crockett La Cruz.  Scully is an actor, an extrovert, and a lady's man.  He is also an opportunist and a liberal on the side.  Most conspicuously he is a Thin, a muscleless free-fall phenomenon whose home is the Sack circling the Moon, and who can only support life in Earth-gravity conditions by encasing himself in a titanium exoskeleton.  To the inhabitants of the ravaged post World War III Earth, he looks outlandish, even sinister.  To their women he looks attractive.

Earth looks equally odd to Scully.  The uneasy truce brought about by the exhaustion of radioactive material has left the United States only partly inhabitable and wholly dominated by Texas.  In fact there is no U.S.A., only Greater Texas.  And a Greater Texas demands greater Texans.  Hormone treatment has turned Texns into giants and their Mex slaves into unhappy dwarves resentful of their fate and ripe for revolution.

To the Mexes, Scully is a Sign, a talisman, a leader.  To Scully, the Mexes are a Cause, their superstitious awe of him bringing his actor's vanity to the aid of his humanitarian impulses and forcing him to take the role they thrust upon him.  Besides, there are women in the case.

This is a remarkable novel of satiric imagination.  Fritz Leiber, one of America's top writers of imaginative fiction, has produced a caricature of the future as lively, chilling, and ultimately serious of purpose as a Feiffer cartoon.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages may be tanning and discolored from age.  Dust cover is discolored, tanned and darkening from age.  Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear.  Page edges are tanned and darkening from age.


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