Welcome to the strangest, most distinctive future ever imagined by a science fiction writer.
An interstellar empire ruled by the mysterious Lords of the Instrumentality, whose access to the drug stroon from the planet Norstrilia confers on them virtual immortality.
A world in which wealthy and leisured humanity is served by the underpeople, genetically engineered animals turned into the semblance of people.
A world in which the great ships which sail between the stars are eventually supplanted by the mysterious, instantaneous technique of planoforming.
A world of wonder and myth, and extraordinary imagination.