Starbreed by Martha deMey Clow (Ballantine 01857-5 - 1970)

Starbreed by Martha deMey Clow (Ballantine 01857-5 – 1970)

From the very beginning, the nameless youngster showed incredible promise. In fact, had he been raised anywhere but in the cloistered innocence of a convent, humans might have grown suspicious, fearful of the rapid development that made him a beautiful, full-grown male of superlative intelligence at the approximate age of fourteen.

But by the time he was ready to go out on his own, it was already too late for humanity.

A paperback original first edition.

*Get it at*

Title: Starbreed
Author: Martha deMey Clow
Imprint & Number: Ballantine 01857-5
Cover price: 75¢
Publication date: 1970
Cover artist: Steele Savage
ISBN: 01857-5-075

3 thoughts on “Starbreed by Martha deMey Clow (Ballantine 01857-5 – 1970)

  1. I honestly can’t remember having read it, which doesn’t really comment on its quality. I’ll get half-way through a supposed “classic” before I realize I’ve already read it. It only has one printing of this, its only edition, so if it IS good, I don’t suppose many people have discovered it.

    • The only thing online I found about it — “A very engaging story about 5 half-alien orphans who overcome their lowly, illegitimate, beginnings and come to rule the world. They wreak a lot of destruction on their path, frequently causing continent-wide rebellions, and disrupting the interstellar trade between Earth and an advanced alien civilization. In the end, perhaps the Earth is more stable and independent (or could be in another few years)?

      I thought the characters were very easy to sympathize with, a chip on their shoulders for sure, but their motivations were not unrelatable. Their experience would suggest that power corrupts, although their positions at the offset never encouraged much moral development (their illegitimacy being to the point of illegality). While not entirely dismissive, the book was not terribly kind to women and had a very stereotypic cast of prostitute, nun, maiden, secretary, and wife (and only one female character with a name). The book wasn’t ignorant of racial diversity either, but had a strange, single “Moslem” character with a Hindu name.

      I enjoyed the ending of the book. There’s plenty of intrigue in this universe remaining for a sequel, though I can’t find another book by the author (and I appear to be leaving the book’s first online review?)”

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