Sorcery meets science when an astronaut is stranded on a primitive planet in this satirical sci-fi classic by two Hugo and Nebula Award–winning authors.
Shoogar is the greatest wizard his village has ever known. His powerful spells strike terror in the hearts of even his most formidable enemies. But the enemy he faces now is unlike any he has known before. The stranger seems to have come from nowhere and is ignorant of even the most basic customs or principles of magic. And yet, he has an incredibly powerful magic of his own.
There is no room in Shoogar’s world for an intruder whose powers match his own, let alone one who calls on science rather than the gods to perform his spells. So, before the blue sun can cross the face of the red sun once more, Shoogar must make his supremacy known. And the showdown is about to change the villagers’ lives in ways they could never have imagined.
First published in 1971, this stand-alone novel was co-written by David Gerrold, author of The Man Who Folded Himself and the popular Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” and Larry Niven, author of the acclaimed novels Ringworld and The Mote in God’s Eye.