Author: Clem Masloff
The writer Dey Skull visits the country of Landia to investigate his family roots, but becomes involved in the bitter national miners’ strike. His interest is drawn to the Xarti, a minority group persecuted, slaughtered, and expelled fifty years before. He meets the leader and founder of the miners’ union, Dr. Garen Slyn and flees into the mountains with him. Dey discovers the doctor is a relative of his, and shares Xarti ancestry with himself. Together, they find a solution to the miners’ and Landia’s problems.
The author has been involved with science fiction and speculative literature since teaching himself to read in 1941-42. He served in the Army as a linguist and translator in four Balkan Slavic languages. For several decades he taught sociology in Ohio after graduate research in Russian social history. In his years of retirement he has been writing Science Fiction, a return to dreams of the early 1940s”