The Witches of Karres Author:James H. Schmitz Hurrah for kindness, virtue and free enterprise! Young Captain Pausert, of the independent planet Nikkeldepain, has gone alone, on a private trading evnture in his own vessel, to Porlumma, a border planet of the empire (Galatic, that is). — Here, he finds three helpless and attractive little girld, held as slaves by a cruel master, and buys them ... more »in a spirit of generosirty. The cruel master seems relieved, oddly enough.
Goth, Maleen and the Leewit (not Leewit, THE Lewit), as this charming trio is named, soon demonstrate why their former owner can relax. And why Pusert can't!
The poor fellow has adopted three of the notorious Witches of Karres, inhabitants of a mystery planet which moves around, in space. Futhermore, these charming children themselves are teleports, a talnt used chiefly for theft, and also masters of other hidden and wierd powers.
In no time at all, Pausert has the shole Galaxy pursuing him and his passengers, including the law-enforecment authorities of his own planet. Hurried into desperate flight, a new power of the three elfin children appears, the Sheewash Drive. It simply raises a spaceship's speed to a degree that it enters another dimension and reappears billions of miles away. And there is more!
For the hapless Pausert is now involved in a war spanning the entire universe, with aliens, humans and forces all beyond his comprehension. What a plight for n innocent trader. And how to get out?
James Schmitz has done it again, deftly building a rollicking, boisterous tale of the future into the grand dimensions of an outre classic. The Witches of Karres combines humor, suspense and magic in unforgettable proportions.« less