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The Dark Design

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Years have passed on Riverworld. Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought--all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld. Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers of this mysterious "afterlife, " remains unknown. But a curious cross-section of humanity is determined to change that situation . . . at any cost. Intrepid explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton leads the most remarkable voyage of discovery he has ever undertaken. Hot on his heels are Samuel Clemens, King John of England, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Spurred by the promise of ultimate answers, they chart a course across the vast polar sea--and toward the awesome tower that looms above it. But getting there will be more than half the battle. For death on Riverworld has become chillingly final . . .show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 461 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 35.56mm | 430.91g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 076532654X
  • 9780765326546
  • 207,039

Review quote

Farmer's blend of intellectual daring and pulp fiction prose found a worldwide audience. Sprawling, episodic works gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action. "The New York Times" The greatest science fiction writer ever. "Leslie A. Fiedler, author of Love and Death in the American Novel" An excellent science fiction writer, far more skillful than I am. "Isaac Asimov""show more

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Years have passed on Riverworld. Entire nations have risen, and savage wars have been fought--all since the dead of Earth found themselves resurrected in their magnificent new homeworld. Yet the truth about the Ethicals, the powerful engineers of this mysterious "afterlife," remains unknown. But a curious cross-section of humanity is determined to change that situation . . . at any cost. Intrepid explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton leads the most remarkable voyage of discovery he has ever undertaken. Hot on his heels are Samuel Clemens, King John of England, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Spurred by the promise of ultimate answers, they chart a course across the vast polar sea--and toward the awesome tower that looms above it. But getting there will be more than half the battle. For death on Riverworld has become chillingly final . . .show more

About Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer was one of the great SF writers of the twentieth century. He lived in Peoria, Illinois, until his death in February of 2009."show more
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