Author: Clem Masloff
Police Detective Skopo Kitanin wages a difficult conflict against the Readers, a vengeance-seeking group of vandals attacking the viroid communications of the planet Farmer. In the city of Kalender, Skopo joins with librarian Dari Totmax and her brother, Mlem. The trio trace the vandals through a carnivore anti-vegetarian restaurant, a hydro-therapy hospital, and a viroid language school to two brothers, Predo and Zado Atat, trying to revenge their grandfather, who claimed to have invented viroid memory ribbons. They are traced to a poets’ colony on the yellow-snow mountain where the Readers operate from a cave. Skopo follows them to the drama-filming industry on the sea coast and a theater on Eerie Island where viroid masks are being used. He captures the last of these brothers on local boats making raids on viroid studios.
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”