"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
In this Hugo award-winning novel, Jack Vance creates a world that combines low-tech organic decadence with technology that is capable of taking humanity to the stars. The aristocrats make use of non-sentient (or barely sentient) creatures from various worlds to support their lifestyle.
In a helpful footnote, Vance gives us the details on the power-wagons:
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