A Spell for Chameleon

Series Xanth
Michael Whelan
Author Piers Anthony
Year 1980 (first published 1977)
Publisher Del Rey/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-28766-5


That was the enchanted land where magic ruled—where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. It was a land of centaurs and dragons and basilisks.

For Bink of North Village, however, Xanth was no fairy tale. He alone had no magic. And unless he got some—and got some fast!—he would be exiled. Forever! Continue reading

Nor Crystal Tears

Illustrator Michael Whelan
Author Alan Dean Foster
Year 1982
Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-29141-7

In The Beginning…

Before Man and insectlike Thranx had become allies, when the reptilian AAnn were just occasional raiders of Thranx colony worlds, one young Thranx agricultural expert lived a life of quiet desperation.

A dreamer in a world of sensible, stable beings, Ryo buried himself in his work—reclaiming marshland from a tenacious jungle—until he came across a letter describing a relatives encounter with horrid, two-legged, soft-skinned space-going beasts… Continue reading

On a Pale Horse

Illustrator Michael Whelan
Author Piers Anthony
Year 1984 (first published 1983)
Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-30518-3


Shooting Death was a mistake, as Zane soon discovered. For the man who killed the Incarnation of Death was immediately forced to assume the vacant position! Thereafter, he must speed over the world, riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others.

Zane was forced to accept his unwelcome task, despite the rules that seemed woefully unfair. But then he found himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved.

He could see only one possible way to defeat the Father of Lies. It was unthinkable— but he had no other solution! Continue reading


Illustrator Gray Morrow
Author Cordwainer Smith
Year 1978 (first published 1975)
Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-27800-3

The Richest Boy in the Galaxy

He passed the test of the Garden of Death, but was still a telepathic cripple—a danger to Norstrilia his enemies claimed, as owner of the guarded planet’s key landholding: the Station of Doom.

The only road to safety, his computer told him, was to become the richest man in the universe… and he did, in one crowded, unbelievable night.

The computer’s logic was faultless… but Man isn’t logical. And now Roderick Frederick Ronald William MacArthur McBan 151st had a galaxy of people—and other beings—out to rob him, to use him… or to kill him!

Norstrilia available on Amazon

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The Disappearing Dwarf

Illustrator Darrell K. Sweet
Author James P. Blaylock
Year 1983
Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-30376-8


Life as a man of leisure was becoming a bit dull for Jonathan Bing, Master Cheeser, so he welcomed Professor Wurzle’s invitation to visit the empty castle of Selznak, the Evil Dwarf. There they chanced upon a treasure map!

Soon Jonathan, his wonderpooch Ahab, Professor Wurzle, and Miles the Magician set off by boat for the location of the treasure… the unknown city called Landsend.

But between them and their goal lay the Case of the Missing Squire, the Attack of the Headless Oarsmen, a mysterious witch, some evil goblins—and the Secret of the Purloined Globe…

The Disappearing Dwarf available on Amazon

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