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SF novel, second in the post-holocaust Battle Circle sequence, comprising Sos The Rope (1966), VAR THE STICK (1972) and Neq The Sword (1975). First published in hardcover by Faber in 1972, this Bantam edition has unauthorised textual changes (''expurgated'' says Anthony). ''A Bantam Book/published December 1973'' on copyright page. Mitchell Hooks cover art.
''second in the post-holocaust Battle Circle sequence, comprising Sos the Rope (July-September 1968 F&SF; 1968), winner of the $5000 award from Pyramid Books, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Kent Productions, VAR THE STICK (1972; cut 1973) and Neq The Sword (1975), a combat-oriented trilogy. Here and in other novels Anthony resorts to stripped-down protagonists with monosyllabic and/or generic names, like Battle Circle's Sos, Var and Neq, or like Cal, Veg and Aquilon, whose adventures on various planets make up Of Man and Manta, a second trilogy comprising Omnivore (1968), Orn (1971) and Ox (1976),: humanity turns out to be the omnivore. Both these series use action scenarios with thinly drawn backgrounds and linear plots not comfortably capable of sustaining the weight of significance the author requires of them'' (John Clute & Dave Langford/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).