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To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld, #1)

To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld, #1) Description:

i To Your Scattered Bodies Go i is the Hugo Award winning beginning to the story of Riverworld Philip Jos Farmer s unequaled tale about life after death When famous adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton dies the last thing he expects to do is awaken naked on a foreign planet along the shores of a seemingly endless river But that s where Burton and billions of other humans plus a few nonhumans find themselves as the epic Riverworld saga begins It seems that all of Earthly humanity has been resurrected on the planet each with an indestructible container that provides three meals a day cigarettes alcoholic beverages a lighter and the odd tube of lipstick But why And by whom p That s what Burton and a handful of fellow adventurers are determined to discover as they construct a boat and set out in search of the river s source thought to be millions of miles away Although there are many hardships during the journey including an encounter with the infamous Hermann Goring Burton s resolve to complete his quest is strengthened by a visit from the Mysterious Stranger a being who claims to be a renegade within the very group that created the Riverworld The stranger tells Burton that he must make it to the river s headwaters along with a dozen others the Stranger has selected to help stop an evil experiment at the end of which humanity will simply be allowed to die i Craig E Engler i p

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld, #2)

The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld, #2) Description:

In i To Your Scattered Bodies Go i Philip Jos Farmer introduces readers to the awesome Riverworld a planet that had been carved into one large river on whose shores all of humanity throughout the ages has seemingly been resurrected In i The Fabulous Riverboat i Farmer tells the tale of one person whose is uniquely suited to find the river s headwaters riverboat captain and famous Earthly author Sam Clemens a k a Mark Twain Clemens has been visited by X a mysterious being who claims to be a rebel among the group that created Riverworld X tells Clemens where he can find a large deposit of iron and other materials that Clemens can use to build the greatest riverboat ever seen Since there is virtually no metal on the planet it will also give Clemens an unbeatable edge when it comes to battling the various warlike societies that dominate the Riverworld p But Clemens is not alone in his quest for the iron which arrives on the planet in the form of a giant meteorite In fact Clemens is besieged on all sides by forces determined to seize the precious ore leading him to make a deadly pact with one of history s most notorious villains John Lackland Lackland s crimes during his reign as king of England were so hideous that no other English monarch will ever carry his name and he s up to equally nefarious tricks on Riverworld However Clemens has a guardian angel in the form of Joe Miller a giant subhuman with a big nose a serious lisp and a cutting wit Miller has also been to the very headwaters of the river where he saw a mysterious tower in the middle of the North Sea and where the creators of Riverworld are thought to reside He will be an invaluable ally in completing the riverboat and sailing to the headwaters but even an pound giant may not be enough to help Clemens fulfill X s mission i Craig E Engler i p

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

The Dark Design (Riverworld, #3)

The Dark Design (Riverworld, #3) Description:

i The Dark Design i is the rd book in the epic Riverworld saga in which almost all of humanity has been resurrected along the shores of a million mile long river Why have humans been given another chance at life amp who s behind it all That s what Sir Richard Francis Burton amp Sam Clemens set out to discover in two earlier novels one by riding the suicide express if you die on Riverworld you re resurrected again at a random point on the river amp the other steaming on the greatest riverboat ever seen Now Milton Firebrass Clemens s former enemy now his lieutenant is planning to use the dwindling iron supply of Riverworld to create a great airship which can fly to the North Polar Sea far more quickly than any boat can travel There he hopes to learn the secret of the mysterious tower thought to house the beings who created the planet Jill Gulbirra doesn t care as much about the mission as she wants the chance to captain the airship in all likelihood the last airship to be constructed But in landing the coveted role she faces stiff competition especially from the greatest swordsman of all Cyrano de Bergerac who turns out to be a natural pilot But even if Jill can win the command of the airship amp even if it can reach the river s headwaters there s no guarantee it can get thru the mountain wall that surrounds the tower amp it s likely that agents of the Ethicals Riverworld s creators are on board the airship plotting its downfall Worse still somewhere along the way the airship is sure to encounter the i Rex Grandissimus i the steamboat stolen by Sam s archnemesis King John Lackland Craig E Engler edited

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld, #4)

The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld, #4) Description:

At the end of i The Fabulous Riverboat i Sam Clemens finally set out in the great iron riverboat i Not for Hire i to reach the headwaters of the massive river on whose shores humanity has been resurrected After years on the river Clemens and his crew including the giant subhuman Joe Miller are finally near the end of their journey and only one obstacle remains the evil Earthly king John Lackland John is waiting just upriver in the i Rex Grandissimus i the first riverboat that Sam constructed and the one that John and his crew hijacked and he s hell bent on sinking Sam s boat and vice versa Complicating the battle is the fact that both ships likely contain agents of the Ethicals the group of advanced beings who created Riverworld for reasons unknown One or more of the Ethicals themselves may even be on board as are various humans that the rebel Ethical known as the Mysterious Stranger but known to Clemens simply as X enlisted in his cause which may or may not lead to humanity s salvation p The battle is set to take place along the shores populated by members of the Church of the Second Chance a group that believes they must attain ethical perfection in order to proceed to the next phase of existence The Second Chancers are not violent but their charismatic leader La Viro may attempt to sink one or both of the iron ships in order to prevent the battle Among the Second Chancers is former Nazi officer Hermann Goring who had a run in with Sir Richard Francis Burton in the first Riverworld novel i To Your Scattered Bodies Go i Burton and his companions among them several people who were contacted by the Mysterious Stranger are reluctantly serving on John s boat in order to reach the headwaters of the river But will any of the humans working for X survive the coming battle And if so how can they possibly hope to penetrate the tower in the North Sea where the Ethicals are thought to reside And what could lowly humans hope to do against a race so advanced that they can reshape entire planets and resurrect all of humanity i Craig E Engler i p

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld, #5)

The Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld, #5) Description:

Thirty five billion people from throughout Earth s history were resurrected along the great and winding waterways of Riverworld Most began life anew accepting without question the sustenance provided by their mysterious benefactors But a rebellious handful burned to confront the unseen masters who controlled their fate and these few launched an invasion that would ultimately yield the mind boggling truth br br Now Riverworld s omnipotent leaders have been confronted and the renegades of Riverworld led by the intrepid Sir Richard Francis Burton control the fantastic mechanism that once ruled them But the most awesome challenge lies ahead For in the vast corridors and secret rooms of the tower stronghold an unknown enemy watches and waits to usurp the usurpers

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Venus on the Half-Shell

Venus on the Half-Shell Description:

Simon Wagstaff is the Space Wanderer a seeker of truth and electric banjo player who narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned Chinese spaceship the i Hwang Ho i A man without a planet he gains immortality from an elixir drunk during a sexual interlude with a cat like alien queen in heat Now with his pet owl his dog Anubis and a sexy robot companion Simon charts a year course to the most distant corners of a multiverse full of surprises to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Maker of Universes (World of Tiers, #1)

The Maker of Universes (World of Tiers, #1) Description:

When Robert Wolff found a strange horn in an empty house he held the key to a different universe To blow that horn would open up a door through space time and permit entry to a cosmos whose dimensions and laws were not those our starry galxy knows br For that other universe was a place of tiers world upon world piled upon each other like the landings of a sky piercing mountain The one to blow that horn would ascend those steps from creation to creation until he would come face to face with the being whose brain child it was br But what if that maker of universes was a madman Or an imposter Or a super criminal hiding from the wrath of his own superiors br THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES is unlike any science fiction novel you have ever read it is wonderfully unique

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Dayworld (Dayworld #1)

Dayworld (Dayworld #1) Description:

Dayworld leads a sf trilogy by Philip Jos Farmer set in a dystopian future in which an overpopulated world allocates people only one day a week The other six days they re in suspended animation The focus is on Jeff Caird a daybreaker living more than a day a week He s not like most daybreakers He belongs to the radical Immer group working to create a better government Not all Immers are daybreakers but send information from one day to the next they ve daybreakers like Jeff Immer daybreakers assume seven different personalities amp jobs slipping from culture to culture in seven different worlds While Jeff amp the other six go day to day they run into problems while working as Immer daybreakers They must cover their tracks while trying to keep up with seven different lives families amp jobs It could drive a man crazy It does amp the Immers must dispose of Jeff to keep the rest safe Jeff wanting to live tries to escape but they have undercover Immers in every job amp government level Jeff is caught amp put in an asylum classified with multiple personality disorder If considered incurable he ll be killed But Jeff has an escape plan br The sequels are Dayworld Rebel amp Dayworld Breakup

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Behind the Walls of Terra (World of Tiers, # 4)

Behind the Walls of Terra (World of Tiers, # 4) Description:

Paul Janus Finnegan was called Kickaha on the artificial universes created by that always fueding super race known as the Lords Though he was a mortal Earthman he had managed to survive every intrigue war test and opponent they could devise br br But it was when he found his way back to his own world that Kickaha faced the greatest dangers of his adventure filled career For he knew the secrets of the powers that moved the cosmos and this made him a threat a target of the terrible hidden forces contending for this very universe

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

A Private Cosmos (World of Tiers #3)

A Private Cosmos (World of Tiers #3) Description:

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Rating: 3.41 out of 5