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A Specter Is Haunting Texas

Written By:Fritz Leiber - 1968

  • A Specter Is Haunting Texas  - Fritz Leiber cover

    Walker and Company - 1968 - Book Club

  • A Specter Is Haunting Texas  - Fritz Leiber cover

Synopsis

Walker and Company - 1968 - Book Club

Meet Scully Christopher Crockett La Cruz. Scully is an actor, an extrovert, and a lady's man. He is also an opportunist and a liberal on the side. Most conspicuously he is a Thin, a muscleless free-fall phenomenon whose home is the Sack circling the Moon, and who can only support life in Earth-gravity conditions by encasing himself in a titanium exoskeleton. To the inhabitants of the ravaged post World War III Earth, he looks outlandish, even sinister. To their women he looks attractive.

Earth looks equally odd to Scully. The uneasy truce brought about by the exhaustion of radioactive material has left the United States only partly inhabitable and wholly dominated by Texas. In fact there is no U.S.A., only Greater Texas. And a Greater Texas demands greater Texans. Hormone treatment has turned Texans into giants and their Mex slaves into unhappy dwarves resentful of their fate and ripe for revolution.

To the Mexes, Scully is a Sign, a talisman, a leader. To Scully, the Mexes are a Cause, their superstitious awe of him bringing his actor's vanity to the aid of his humanitarian impulses and forcing him to take the role they thrust upon him. Besides, there are women in the case.

GREATER TEXAS
No more U.S.A.Just the giant, homone-fed Texans and the dwarf slaves they call "Mexes."
VS.
SCULLY CHRISTOPHER CROCKETT LA CRUZ
Actor, Orator, Lady's Man, a free-fall phenomenon, a 97-pound weakling from the Sack circling the Moon. Just the man to stir up the Mexes.

THIS MEANS WAR!

Excerpt

SCULLY

"A handsome, shapely, dramatic-featured man, eight feet eight inches tall and massing 147 pounds with and ninety-seven pounds without his exoskeleton. This man was composed of skin, bones, ligaments, fasciae, narrow arteries and veins, nerves, small-size assorted inner organs, ghost muscles, and a big domed skull with two bumps of jaw muscle."

LA MUERTA . EL ESPECTRO . EL ESQUELETO

Blurb

Walker and Company - 1968 - Book Club

This is a remarkable novel of satiric imagination. Fritz Leiber, one of America's top writers of imaginative fiction, has produced a caricature of the future as lively, chilling, and ultimately serious of purpose as a Feiffer cartoon.

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

futuristic