July 24, 1978 12:00 PM

by Jonathan Fast

It’s the year 2226 and the complexities of the universe are staggering. Politics are dirtier than ever, and the course of true love is disaster. Yet hero Nick Harmon is smitten with a blue woman from another planet and sets out to find the criminal who commits the murders of which she’s accused. Nick’s vicious clone is seeking to kill and then replace him. The pleasure in reading this slight sci-fi tale comes from the clear delight the author (Erica Jong’s husband) takes in creating his imagined worlds, fantastic machines and incredible creatures. (Harper & Row, $8.95)

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