A biplane flying barnstormer gets sucked into the land of Oz.
There was the universe of the Lords in the beginning, and that was the only one we knew about. Then, after ten thousand years of civilization, my ancestors formulated the theory of artificial universes. Once the mathematics of the concept was realized, it was only a matter of time and will until the first pocket universe was made. Then the same 'space' would hold two worlds of space-matter, but one would be impervious to the inhabitants of the other, because each universe was at right angles to the other! "However, the first new universe was crude ... it embodied no new principles. It was, in fact, an exact imitation of the original. Well, not exact in the sense that it was not a copy of the world as it was but as it had been in our past." "The copy was this--my world?" Kickaha said. "Earth's?"
Tappy was thirteen, blind, crippled and mute. Jack was hired to drive her across the country to a place where they were supposed to help her, but Jack wondered. They said she could speak if she wanted to badly enough, that the condition was hysterical. As they drove, he found himself liking the young girl and becoming more and more intrigued with her behavior. Why did she want to stop and walk around in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps Jack would regret his wanting to know when they both disappeared somewhere ... else?
Philip José Farmer has been a trailblazer in science fiction. Considered "boy's stories" until the 1950s, Phil Farmer helped bring the genre into the world of adults (and women). Many of these stories are about the many ways living beings reproduce (or might reproduce). All these stories are about the emotions involved in caring for others. This book includes: Sail On! Sail On!, Mother, The God Business, The Alley Man, My Sister's Brother, and The King of Beasts.
Fifteen billion years from now, Earth is a dying planet, its skies darkened by the ashes of burned-out galaxies, its molten core long cooled. But young Deyv of the Turtle Tribe knew nothing of his world's history or its fate. He lived only to track down the wretched Yawtl, who had stolen his precious Soul Egg. Together with Vana, a girl from another tribe, and the plant-man Sloosh, both also victims of the same thief, they trailed the thief across a nightmare landscape of monster-haunted jungle and wetland. The search for the Soul Eggs led the troupe into deeper and deeper peril-- first to the lair of Feersh the Blind, the witch who had ordered the thefts; then to the Bright Abomination, the jeweled wasteland that harbored The Shemibob, the ageless being from another star who knew Earth's end was near... and held the key to the only way for any to escape that end.
Holmes and Watson take to the skies in the quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread... A night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives... And an historic alliance is formed, whereby Baker Street's enigmatic mystery-solver and Greystoke, the noble savage, peer of the realm and lord of the jungle, team up to bring down the hellish hun! This edition also contains a brand new afterword by Win Scott Eckert and a bonus preview of the new Kim Newman novel, Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles.
Being shot down over Ploesti, Roger Two Hawks and O'Brien only survived. They were in a foreign land where men carried bows and arrows. They had entered a parallel universe, through a gate in the atmosphere. They must get out. O'Brien was dead. Would the nightmare begin or what?
Imagine a whole series of separate universes, made to suit the whims of a race of super-beings. Imagine these universes with their own laws, cultures, creatures and ecologies--all existing solely to please the fancies of their individual master. Then imagine one such universe constructed as a diabolical trap to destroy a single person--the man called Robert Wolff, one of the race of universe-makers, and once of Earth. When the satanic Master-Lord, Urizen, kidnaps Wolff's wife, he forces Wolff to enter the deadly universe of ambushes, filled with every kind of tortuous snare that the evil mind of the Master-Lord can devise. Wolff has only his courage and his wits with which to combat this cosmic maze--unless he can perform a miracle, he and Chryseis are doomed. The GATES OF CREATION is the fabulous second adventure in Philip Jose" Farmer's World of Tiers Series.
Thirty billion people from throughout Earth's history have been 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, including Mark Twain, Richard Burton, and Peter Jairus Frigate, burned to confront the unseen masters who controlled their fate--and these few launched an invasion that will ultimately yield the mind-boggling truth. The story was chronicled in four previous volumes, and is now concluded in Gods of Riverworld. Riverworld's omnipotent leaders must finally be confronted, and the renegades of Riverworld--led by the intrepid Sir Richard Francis Burton--will control the fantastic mechanism that rules 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....
After viewing his partner's mutilation in a home movie, Herald Childe, a horrified private detective pursues leads in the most disgusting case of his career. His investigation plunges him into a nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural bestiality. Or is it a giant hoax? Or is it just difficult for humans to understand the lifestyles of truly alien beings? Or if you are caught in a war between two groups of supernatural creatures (or is it aliens) can a mere human tell who are the good guys and who are the bad guys (there are good guys and bad guys aren't there)? And what can all this possibly have to do with that movie and the death of Childe's partner?
It was a Universe, with its own sun and its own atmosphere. But like a little glass ball filled with whirling artificial snow, it was finite, curling back upon itself. And through its inner space, rock, mountains, fragments of buildings, and a host of eerie creatures whirled and eddied. It was a Hell.. .an insane compromise of terrestrial ideas and infernal facts. And Jack Cull knew he must escape from it. Here is the story of how his escape was attempted...and how he found the truth of this particular Hell.
The Lavalite World is a 280 page science fiction novel written by Philip Jose Farmer and first published in 1977. It is the fifth book in the early vintage series by Farmer entitled World of Tiers. The novels in this series in order are The maker of Universes, The Gates of Creation, A Private Cosmos, Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World, and More Than Fire. Red Orc's Rage is a novel written just before More Than Fire that is associated with The World of Tiers. Ace Books characterizes The Lavalite World as follows: The lavalite world is a world of slow but constant change. Here mountains rise from plains, or sink into rifts; new oceans form as vast hollows collapse and seas rush In. There is only one escape from this world where the very landscape moves. The one gateway to other universes Is in the palace of the Lord Urthona. Paul Janus Finnegan also known as Kickaha-must reach it if he is to survive. And he must do so despite the Lords Urthona and Red Orc, the hired thug McKay, flesh-eating vegetation on the run, beasts of prey, and planetary pseudopods. THE LAVALITE WORLD: perhaps Philip Jose Farmer's finest achievement.
"My mother is an ape. My father is God." Ras Tyger sat on a branch, his shoulder against the trunk. He wore only a leopardskin belt that held a crocodile-leather sheath from which stuck the ivory handle of a big knife. A wooden flute was in his left hand. "I am the only white man in the world. "I come from the Land of the Ghosts."
One of the milestones of modern science fiction. The Lovers virtually turned the field upside down with its portrayal of a sexual liaison between a human and an alien. Originally published in a much shorter version in a science-fiction magazine in the early 50's, the novel now appears in a definitive edition, newly revised by the author. This landmark work, whose emotional appeal and narrative compulsion remain rewardingly fresh, makes a dramatic and memorable statement about the essentials of life and death and love.
A mammoth, 300,000 word gathering of fiction and non-fiction, all of it rare or never-before-published.
Jim Grimson is leading a dead-end life in a dead end town. He's bright and frustrated and hates his dad. He's a troublemaker cruising for a fall. In the World of Tiers, Jim is the bloodthirsty Red Orc, most awesome of the Lords. Who is Jim Grimson?
All humanity that has ever lived, all 36 billion of us, are simultaneously reincarnated along the banks of a million-mile river. 11 short stories in all; one long Riverworld stories and ten others. Most of the other stories have seldom been collected elsewhere. Several are stories where Farmer writes the book as though another writer, usually a fictional author from someone else's writing. Each story has a forward by the author, some of which are even more bizarre or hilarious than the story, itself. Some stories include a raunchy vocabulary, but they are not quite explicit enough to say adult only content
The Earth was desolated. Fiery winds wrapped it. The polar caps had melted, and earthquakes, exploding volcanoes, and crumbling coastal masses had changed the face of what land was left. There was no explanation for what had happened or for what had caused the global holocaust. Possibly, the huge luminous teardrops that tore through the smoke covering the seared earth were the cause. But there was no one to explain.... The teardrops appeared again and hovered ... for a while. None took any action, except one: it loosed energy bolts that burned out the little tree containing the forty survivors of homo sapiens.
First volume in the Riverworld series. All of humanity, everyone that ever lived has suddenly awakened on a world, a river world. You may not find your name in this book, but you're here.
Farmer writes: This novel was first published in 1966 and then in 1971 as The Gate of Time. That was not my title. I have no idea why the editors changed it, since this is not a time-travel tale, and their tale certainly was misleading. So I have restored the original, Two Hawks From Earth. The editors of that house also rewrote a scene to bowdlerize it. This was done without my knowledge, and so I have restored that scene. Also, I have added about ten thousand words. These include some chapters which go beyond the original ending.
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