Dwellers of the Deep / Night of the Long Knives(2013)
An omnibus of novels by Fritz Leiber and Don Wilcox
Armchair Fiction presents extra large editions of classic science fiction double novels. The first novel is by an author known for his vivid imagination and wild tales, Don Wilcox. "Dwellers of the Deep" is a story about strange creatures from the depths of the ocean. Bill Pierce and Bea Riley were a renown diving team, known all over the world for their amazing feats from diving boards and waterfalls. But on an ocean cruise one sunny afternoon, Pierce was stunned to see his partner and girlfriend pulled overboard by weird horse-fish creatures. He followed them into the depths below and discovered a strange, secret civilization, known only to a handful of surface people. For this was the world of two different races, the spiny-men and the horse-fish. A world that seemed to hold one certainty for both Bill and Bea - neither one would even return to the surface world alive. Join "the mad man" Don Wilcox for another excursion into his strange worlds of science fiction escapism. The second novel "Night of the Long Knives," is an unpleasant vision of the future by Fritz Leiber. It was a grim place indeed. Earth was now a horrifying post-apocalyptic world where fate could be cruel and life was often very short. Every man struggled mightily to survive from one day to the next and often the only real protection lay in one's ability to make quick, unhesitating use of a knife or a gun. In this forlorn world, three drifters came together in a life-starved area known only as "the Deathlands," where multi-colored radioactive dust was often too much in evidence. However, when the three stumbled across a crashed plane and its pilot, there suddenly seemed to be a light of hope. Could the plane be repaired? Was there a chance of freedom from the radioactive wastelands that trapped them?
Used availability for Fritz Leiber's Dwellers of the Deep / Night of the Long Knives
January 2013 : USA Paperback