WIR #29: The Pnume

The PnumeVance, Jack. The Dirdir. New York: Ace Books, Inc. Copyright © 1970 Jack Vance.

Jack Vance Archive:

I am now reading the final installment in Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure novels, The Pnume. The blurb follows:


The Pnume were an ancient race of the planet Tschai, living underground in a vast network of caverns with their human slave-species, the Pnumekin.

The Pnume were the historians of Tschai, collecting its past with scholarly interest. Surface-dwellers never saw the Pnume, if the surface-dwellers were lucky.

Adam Reith was not so fortunate. The Pnume had heard rumors of a strange man, claiming to come from the planet Earth, and they needed him for Foreverness, the museum of Tschai life. Adam Reith was about to become an alien exhibit.

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