This Immortal Author:Roger Zelazny His name -- at the moment -- is Conrad Nomikos, and the Earth he calls home is an insignificant member of a vast galactic civilization. An Earth still struggling to overcome the effects of the Three Days of nuclear war that destroyed much of the planet. An Earth that feels itself trivialized by the dominant Vegans who, never before having seen a... more » completely devastated world, are so fascinated by the place that they've made it a prime tourist attraction.
Conrad has seen it all -- literally. Owing to a radiation-induced mutation, he has lived for centuries, and there's every possibility that he'll live for centuries more. He is, at present, Commissioner of the Department of Arts, Monuments and Archives, and in this capacity he has been co-opted to guide one Cort Myshtigo, a visiting Vegan journalist, on a global tour.
Like so many of his people. Myshtigo is arrogant and condescending, but that's the least of Conrad's problems. For he soon realizes that there's a plot afoot to kill the Vegan. And, to keep Conrad from getting in the way, the plotters are quite willing the kill him, too.
Will Earth's interests be better served by Myshtigo's survival or his death? That is the question. And in either case, what can Conrad do about it?