The Planet Wizard





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New York: Grosset & Dunlap


John Jakes (b. 1932) is more well-known, especially in the US, for his historical fiction. His 1980s North and South trilogy, chronicling the American Civil War, was made into three mini-series starring Patrick Swayze and James Read. The Planet Wizard, the second book in a trilogy, is one of Jakes’s many SF titles. The cover art is by Alex Ebel (1932-2013). Not much is known of Ebel, but he has illustrated works for some SF greats: Asimov, Brian Aldiss and Ursula Le Guin. He also drew the poster for the 1980s horror movie Friday the 13th.


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John Jakes, “The Planet Wizard,” | OUR Heritage, accessed July 23, 2024,