Heavily revised 1981.
One explorer had already disappeared on th primitive planet, Kappa. So
the day that a second Terrestrial, Jones, ran away after drinking the
sacret Kappan water that he had coerced the natives into giving him,
the remaining planetologists meant to find out just what was going on.
Questioning the aliens only deepened the mystery. Foir they said that what Jones had drunk would enable him to communicate with his animal ancestors. It was their most precious and sacred possession.
But how couls it affect a person never born on kappa, a person without such "animal" ancestors? What had really happened to Jones and the other man – and what would happen if either of them managed to bring this incredible liquid back to Earth?
Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007) was a Chicago-born American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories.
He also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires (including the famous Dracula) are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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