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The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn

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"A wry, savage, brilliant idyll of a world to come and a human condition that is forever"

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"Honor White Jackson was a human being. But his planet was not Earth, nor his time Now. His world was dominated by a giant Iron Thorn. Beyond the reach of this tower there was, supposedly, nothing---except a frozen, airless desert where huge winged beasts calle
Paperback, 159 pages
Published 1967 by Fawcett Publications (Gold Medal), CT
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Jason Mills
Sep 21, 2010 Jason Mills rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who think.
(My edition is just called The Iron Thorn.)

This story literally hits the ground running, with our hero White Jackson hunting a Amsir (the indefinite article is a foible of his dialect) across a desert. He must stay within sight of the Iron Thorn, a clearly ancient man-made tower, or he won't be able to breathe. This limited environment is the first microcosm that Jackson explores and then abandons. His small tribe huddling around the Thorn with their frozen culture do not satisfy him, and in due
Of all the SF writers of the 50s and 60s, Algis Budrys is most famous for being unpronounceable and for the edition of _Rogue Moon_ which was spelled "Rouge Moon" on the spine. I never read any of his early stuff, but I remember a 1970s computer thriller called _Michaelmas_. Should probably go find that again. (I look over the tide of new books coming towards me, and retire that thought without comment.)

Here, however, is an ancient (1967, fifty-cent) paperback, fallen into my grasp. Being a pulp
Perry Whitford
Another one of the Science Fiction Book Club novels I have accumulated over the years, The Iron Thorn is a strange tale of conflicting species on a conditioned planet, living as neighbours but technologically unable to enter each others habitat, meeting instead in the sandy dunes between and hunting each other for sport and kudos.
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Algis Budrys was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names "Frank Mason", "Alger Rome", "John A. Sentry", "William Scarff", "Paul Janvier", and "Sam & Janet Argo".

Called "AJ" by friends, Budrys was born Algirdas Jonas Budrys in Königsberg in East Prussia. He was the son of the consul general of the Lithuanian government, (the pre-Wo
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