The Last Castle - Jack Vance7.50

A novella. First published in book form as half of an Ace Double (with World of the Sleeper by Tony R. Wayman) in 1967. Underwood & Miller hardcover edition published in 1980.

Hugo Award for Best Novellette 1967, Nebula Award for Best Novella 1966.

First Castle Halcyon fell, then Sea Island, then Morninglight, then Maraval – one by one, with their gauze-clad Phanes, ancient books and subtle essences, the proud castles of Earth fell before the rebellious Meks, until only Castle Hagedorn was left.

For 700 years the Meks had served without complaint; they were indispensable – for no true gentleman would demean himself with the indignity of toil. Now, for no discernible reason, they were about to destroy the genteel civilization of Earth.

But the cultured aristocrats were too proud to lower themselves by dealing with the Mek rebellion. Even as their turrets crumbled around them they chose to remain dignified and aloof.

Someone had to DO something... Hagedorn was the last castle.

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Release date: 1967
Genres: science fiction
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Updated: September 07, 2010