Three kinds of people, Humans, Amphibs, and the Ssassarors lived side by
side on a colonial planet where each of the three species were becoming
more like the others, while their important traits were being lost in a
form of genetic assimilation.
The three were on the verge of something disastrous and only one man
knew the answers - Rastignac, the imprisoned outlaw. It was he who had
plotted against the idiot kings and had sought to reintroduce
aggression and the
Philosophy of Violence. Rastignac, that devil, claimed he would thus
save the humans. But first he set out literally to scare them out of
That's but one of the utterly unusual science fiction stories that make
up this collection.
(Ace Books edition.)
in The Celestial
Blueprint | Cache
from Outer Space
New York, NY: Ace Books
Ace Double, F-165
114 + 139
not credited [= Ed Emshwiller]
Ace Double, bound back to back, with Cache
from Outer Space by Philip José Farmer.
Spanish: La Piel del
This edition leaves out the story "Totem
and Taboo", which was published in Galaxia 63. Instead it
story "Escaramuza" ("Skirmish", 1950) by Clifford D. Simak. As original
book title is given the non-existent title Devil's Skin.