Space Lords by Cordwainer Smith
Paperback – Pyramid – 1965
“The Lords of the Instrumentality ruled all the planets of the Universe, from Manhome itself to Norstrilia — and their rule was absolute. There were only a few to defy them — a 200-year-old master thief, the dog-girl who became a saint, the grotesquely tormented convicts of a hell-planet. Their stories — and other eerie, stirring tales of the Instrumentality — make a distinguished and memorable book of science-fiction by one of today’s masters.” Collection of stories. PBO.