The Houses of Iszm - Jack Vance

This novella first appeared in Startling Stories magazine in 1954. It was reissued in book form in 1964.

Cover: Underwood-Miller, 1983.

The Houses of Iszm were alive. Lush, elaborate, hollow trees wherein the walls, floors, ceilings and even the furniture and plumbing were part of the living, thriving plant.

The people of Iszm were guarded and afraid. Alone in the universe they possessed the secret of cultivating such dwekkings. They held a gigantic, lucrative monopoly, exporting such homes to all other worlds. With the universe facing a population crisis and a desperate need for cheep, organic dwelling places, aliens from other worlds, including Earth, had long tried to steal a female house-seed to break the monopoly.

But iszic security was efficient and ruthless. As Earthling botanist Aile Farr, spearheading the most ingenious plat of all, discovered...

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Release date: 1964
Genres: science fiction
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Updated: January 01, 2013