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A Voyage to Arcturus

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After a strange interstellar journey, Maskull, a man from Earth, awakens alone in a desert on the planet Tormance, seared by the suns of the binary star Arcturus. As he journeys northward, guided by a drumbeat, he encounters a world and its inhabitants like no other, where gender is a victory won at dear cost; where landscape and emotion are drawn into an accursed dance; where heroes are killed, reborn, and renamed; and where the cosmological lures of Shaping, who may be God, torment Maskull in his astonishing ...
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Overview

After a strange interstellar journey, Maskull, a man from Earth, awakens alone in a desert on the planet Tormance, seared by the suns of the binary star Arcturus. As he journeys northward, guided by a drumbeat, he encounters a world and its inhabitants like no other, where gender is a victory won at dear cost; where landscape and emotion are drawn into an accursed dance; where heroes are killed, reborn, and renamed; and where the cosmological lures of Shaping, who may be God, torment Maskull in his astonishing pilgrimage. At the end of his arduous and increasingly mystical quest waits a dark secret and an unforgettable revelation.
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Glasgow Herald
Calvinist mysticism, triple-distilled, is the dangerous juice that fuels this blazingly strange Scottish rocket-ship of a novel from 1920...brilliant...unique...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803280045
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series
  • Edition description: Commemorat
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,395,256
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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David Lindsay's other books include The Haunted Woman, Sphinx, and Devil's Tor. John Clute is the coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the author of Look at the Evidence: Essays & Reviews.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    Love it or hate it

    This is the most fascinating story I've ever read, but a good visual imagination is required. Without giving too much away (I hope), I keep thinking of what the Joker said to Batman. 'Did you ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    once you pick it up you can't stop

    if you want a different or a orginal sci-fi, this is the book for you. how come this book never became a movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2002

    it simply does not get any better

    perhaps the best fantasy ever written. someone should give this to Speilberg.

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