My brother wants to reread a science fiction short story from the 1960s or before:

A character named Sargon (does not appear in the story) sequesters maddeningly beautiful women in his truncated pyramid-shaped castle on another planet. The protagonist catches a glimpse of the inside, seeing at least one of these women. He pines for her and goes mad. My brother remembers wet streets and a lattice-work.

  • @user14111 short story, again, 1960s or before; science fiction; on another planet...protagonist, who may be earthborn, sees the women through a lattice work and does go mad...I know it isnt much to go on, and that it sounds really silly but that is what he has.
    – Iksandar
    Jan 29, 2016 at 3:48
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    No need to apologize for your brother's taste in literature (which we, who are answering your questions, share). "The Helping Hand" is vintage Poul Anderson and was nominated for a Retro Hugo Award. C. L. Moore, the author of "Black Thirst", was the greatest female writer of fantasy and sci-fi. I'm waiting to find out what SF classic your brother wants to reread next.
    – user14111
    Jan 29, 2016 at 8:57

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This might be 'Black Thirst'- a Northwest Smith story by C. L. Moore. A creature has been breeding beautiful women, refining them until the very sight of them can drive a man mad. He then consumes their life-force.


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