Captives of the Flame

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Captives of the Flame
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Cover of first edition paperback
AuthorSamuel R. Delany
Cover artistJack Gaughan
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Fall of the Towers
GenreScience fantasy novel
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages147 pp
Followed byThe Towers of Toron 

Captives of the Flame is a 1963 science fantasy novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is the first novel in the "Fall of the Towers" trilogy. The novel was originally published as Ace Double F-199 together with The Psionic Menace by Keith Woodcott (a pseudonym of John Brunner).[1] It was later rewritten as Out of the Dead City and published by Signet Books in 1968.[2]

The stories of the Fall of the Towers trilogy were originally set in the same post-holocaust Earth as Delany's earlier The Jewels of Aptor; linking references, however, were removed in later revised editions.[3]


  1. ^ Barbour 1979, p. 161.
  2. ^ Tuck 1974, p. 136.
  3. ^ Clute and Nicholls 1995, p. 316.
  • Barbour, Douglas (1979). Worlds Out Of Words: The SF Novels of Samuel R. Delany. Frome, Somerset, UK: Bran's Head Books Ltd. ISBN 0-905220-13-7.
  • Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1995). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2 ed.). New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-13486-X.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.

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