Jack Vance - Wyst: Alastor 1716
|Title||Wyst: Alastor 1716
cover art by Konstantin Korobov
The Alastor Cluster is made up of three thousand inhabited planets whose sole protector of law is the mysterious Connatic. On Wyst, world 1716 of the Cluster, can be found a Utopia - or so it seems; in one great city live millions of people, sharing alike, working in absolute equality for just a few hours a week. But there is something decidedly strange about it all...
Wyst: Alastor 1716 is part 2 of 3 of Alastor
"Out toward the rim of the galaxy hangs Alastor Cluster, a whorl of thirty thousand live stars in an irregular volume twenty to thirty light-years in diameter. The surrounding region is dark and, except for a few hermit stars, unoccupied. Scattered about the cluster are three thousand inhabited planets with a human population of approximately five trillion persons. The worlds are diverse, the populations equally so; nevertheless they share a common language and all submit to the authority of the Connatic at Lusz, on the world Numenes. The Alastor series comprises three books, set on different worlds of the cluster. They can be read independently from one another."