Behind the walls of Terra lay a secret no man could be allowed to learn. But Kickaha - the Earth-born adventurer of the tiered worlds - had to uncover that secret, or watch his home world destroyed.
Kickaha was returning to Earth from the World of Tiers, the many-levelled universe of the god-like Lords, that he had entered many years ago as Paul Janus Finnegan. Now he had returned to a world he no longer knew, to find it ruled by Red Orc, a Lord jealous of his personal domain and hostile to intruders. Yet Kickaha had to stay alive in order to defeat the deadly enemy that threatened Earth and the other worlds of tiers - the 'Beller', the malignant creature that was the mind-essence of a rebel Lord.
Philip Jose Farmer was born in Indiana in 1918. Although he once said he resolved to become a writer in the fourth grade, it wasn't until 1952 that his first SF was published - the novella THE LOVERS, which won him the HUGO AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING NEW AUTHOR. Although best known for his Riverworld sequence, beginning with the HUGO AWARD-winning TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO, Farmer also pioneered the use of sexual and religious themes in SF and wrote several novels reworking the lore of celebrated pulp heroes such as Tarzan and Doc Savage. He also wrote the tongue-in-cheek VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL using the pseudonym Kilgore Trout, a character who appeared in several Kurt Vonnegut novels. Philip Jose Farmer won three HUGOs, a WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENT and the DAMON KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER AWARD. He died in 2009.
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