The Jewels of Aptor

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The Jewels of Aptor
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First edition
Author Samuel R. Delany
Cover artist Jack Gaughan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fantasy
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 156 pp
OCLC 1625608

The Jewels of Aptor is a 1962 science fantasy novel by Samuel R. Delany, his first published novel. It first appeared as an Ace Double F-173 together with Second Ending by James White. Later editions had a restored and revised text, as about a third of the text was originally excised by Ace Books[1][2][3]

Plot introduction[edit]

In a post-atomic future, when civilization has regressed to something near the Middle Ages, or even before, a young student and poet, Geo, takes a job as a sailor on a boat with a strange passenger, a priestess of the goddess Argo, who is heading toward a mysterious land of mutants and high radiation, called Aptor, presumably to recapture a young priestess of Argo, her little sister, who has been kidnapped by the forces of the dark god Hama.


  1. ^ Barbour 1979, p. 163.
  2. ^ Pringle 1990, p. 171.
  3. ^ Clute and Nicholls 1995, p. 315.

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