The Languages of Pao Author:Jack Vance In The Languages of Pao, Jack Vance is having a good time with a fascinating concept. — The Planet Pao, a world of the very far future colonized from Earth, has a stagnant sort of culture, and one language. The scientists of the neighboring world of Breakness launch a ruthless experiment,jarring Pao into new virility by installing three class-lan... more »guages, one for a warrior class, one for technicians, and one for rulers and bureaucrats. But they build into the formula certain weaknesses of their own degenerate culture . . .
Beran Panasper, heir to the throne of Pao, has been spirited away to Breakness to save his life?and to enable the Breakness wizards to train a tool for the later subjugation of Pao. But Beran's Paonian characteristics blend with Breakness science in an unsuspected way.
A very good yarn.
?P. Schuyler Miller, Astounding Science Fiction« less