All those who ever lived on Earth have found themselves resurrected - healthy, young, and naked as newborns - on the grassy banks of a mighty river, in a world unknown. Miraculously provided with food, but with no clues to the meaning of their strange new afterlife, billions of people from every period of Earth's history - and prehistory - must start again.
Sir Richard Francis Burton would be the first to glimpse the incredible way-station, a link between worlds. This forbidden sight would spur the renowned 19th-century explorer to uncover the truth. Along with a remarkable group of compatriots, including Alice Liddell Hargreaves (the Victorian girl who was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland), an English-speaking Neanderthal, a WWII Holocaust survivor, and a wise extraterrestrial, Burton sets sail on the magnificent river. His mission: to confront humankind's mysterious benefactors, and learn the true purpose - innocent or evil - of the Riverworld...
Winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, 1972
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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