The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid

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name = The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid
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image_caption = first combined edition of "The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid"
author = L. Sprague de Camp
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country = United States
language = English
series = "Krishna"
genre = Science fiction novel
publisher = Ace Books
release_date = 1982
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media_type = Print (Paperback)
pages = 263 pp
isbn = ISBN 0441864953
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"The Virgin of Zesh & The Tower of Zanid" is a 1982 collection of two science fiction novels by L. Sprague de Camp. Both works are part of his "Viagens Interplanetarias" series and of its subseries of stories set on the fictional planet Krishna. The collection was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1982. It was issued as the fourth volume of the standard edition of the Krishna novels, and its component parts were at the time of publication the fourth and fifth Krishna novels, chronologically. Afterwards, publication of "The Prisoner of Zhamanak" (1982) and "The Bones of Zora" (1983) made them the fifth and seventh Krishna novels, respectively.

As with all of de Camp's "Krishna" novels, the component parts of this collection have a "Z" in them, a practice he claimed to have devised to keep track of them. Short stories in the series do not follow the practice, nor do "Viagens Interplanetarias" works not set on Krishna.


*"The Virgin of Zesh"
*"The Tower of Zanid"

Plot and storyline

"(See the articles on the component stories)"


The planet Krishna is de Camp's premier creation in the Sword and Planet genre, representing both a tribute to the Barsoom novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs and an attempt to "get it right", reconstructing the concept logically, without what he regarded as Burroughs' biological and technological absurdities.

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