Monday, November 29, 2010

Previews from Tor: Riverworld Series ~ by Philip José Farmer



Love Sci Fi with elements of Fantasy? ~ We do, and here we have it in both a book and movie format.… we are in heaven!

A note on our previews: They are a publisher’s summary, author bio  and purchasing links. This post is for the reissue of the Riverworld series, and also a reminder about the exciting new TV series from the Syfy Channel which starts this Saturday, December 4th.

Here are the books from the  series in chronological order with the last to be released in February of 2011:

Riverworld:  To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat  (#1 and #2) ~ by Philip José Farmer

About:   Re-released in March 2010 this edition contains the two books combined for the first time in one volume. The first won the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Imagine that every human who ever lived, from the earliest Neanderthals to the present, is resurrected after death on the banks of an astonishing and seemingly endless river on an unknown world. They are miraculously provided with food, but with not a clue to the possible meaning of this strange afterlife. Some set sail on the great river questing for the meaning of their resurrection, and to find their mysterious benefactors. On this long journey, we meet Sir Richard Francis Burton, Mark Twain, Odysseus, Cyrano de Bergerac, and many others.

Amazon purchasing links US|UK|Canada.

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)


    The Dark Design (# 3) ~ Philip José Farmer

    About:  Re-released in June 2010. Milton Firebrass, once Mark Twain's enemy and now his greatest ally, plans to build a giant airship that can fly to the North Pole of Riverworld.  Once there, he hopes to learn the secret of a mysterious tower that dominates the landscape and find the answer to his most urgent question: could the tower contain the Ethicals, the enigmatic beings that created Riverworld? As if there were not enough challenges facing the crew, they soon suspect there is an agent of the Ethicals, plotting their destruction….

    Amazon purchasing links US|UK|Canada.

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)


    The Magic Labyrinth (#4) ~ by Philip José Farmer

    About: Re-realeased in November 2010, this fourth book continues the adventures of Samuel Clemens and Sir Richard Francis Burton as they travel through Riverworld. They have traveled for more than thirty years on two great ships, and are about to reach the end of the River. But there is a religion, possibly inspired by aliens, that is determined to destroy the riverboats. Even if they survive, how can they penetrate the alien tower of the Ethicals, who are believed to have created this astonishing world?

    Amazon purchasing links US|UK|Canada.

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)

    Gods of Riverworld (#5) is to be re-released in February of 2011. (I am thinking its cover will be green - what say you?)

    Bio:  Philip José Farmer was one of the great SF writers of the 20th Century. He lived in Peoria, Illinois.

    What great new covers for this 40 year old classic series and a TV connection too!

    Have a great Monday and happy reading!


    Nicole Hadaway said...

    Hey Shellie -- wow, it's great that they're re-releasing these classics. I've not read them yet, but I was intrigued when I saw the SciFi Channel's 2000 movie on the series (and okay, I'll admit it, the actor who played Nero was hot!). I know they recently re-did the series earlier this year -- nice to see a neat story getting some attention. Too often good stories can get pushed aside in favor of lighter fare...

    Oh, and it looks like your traveler is going to tell the bear some good news -- perhaps the traveler is a bear himself and can shape-shift?

    Unknown said...

    Nicole -
    So did we mess this one up, has it already been shown on the
    TV? I had John check out the movie listing online...We do not watch hardly any TV.

    So the main guy is hot? *giggle* I will have to hurry up and read this first before I watch the tv show since watching the movie first messes the book up for me.

    You know that is interesting about the good news from the bear and shape shifting....
    Although the bear's face looks a bit sad so perhaps its bad news? There are stories everywhere you just have to look...don't you think?

    Shain Brown said...

    I have been in the dark with this one, so thank you for bringing this up. I am so interested in this. Thanks.

    Unknown said...

    Your welcome Shain -
    I would not have know either except for the folks at Tor.

    Now to get that first book read before the series starts... but I am dreaming... since I wish I could read that fast!

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