Andrew North was a pen name of Andre Norton, one of the best and most prolific science fiction writers ot the 20th century. She was the first woman to win the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977. In this story, a young spaceman is delighted to be invited to a fantastic vacation planet but soon finds himself in the middle of a battle where the weapons resemble a powerful form of Voodoo.
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In 1713, King Vakhtang VI of Georgia sent his former teacher, the famed polymath and writer Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, to France and Italy on an urgent diplomatic mission. Squeezed on all sides - by the Persian Empire to the southeast, the Ottoman Empire to the southwest, and Russia to the north - Georgia needed Western allies. Orbeliani seemed the perfect choice to petition the French monarch and the pope, the power brokers of the time, for help.