The World of Tiers
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The World of Tiers

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by Philip Jose Farmer
     
 

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The author of the bestselling Riverworld saga presents the second omnibus volume of classic SF novels from his popular World of Tiers series. These three action-packed novels--"Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World", and "More Than Fire"--are great originals of universe-hopping adventure and were later used as models by Roger Zelazny for his Chronicles of…  See more details below

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The author of the bestselling Riverworld saga presents the second omnibus volume of classic SF novels from his popular World of Tiers series. These three action-packed novels--"Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World", and "More Than Fire"--are great originals of universe-hopping adventure and were later used as models by Roger Zelazny for his Chronicles of Amber. 512 pp. 7,500 print.

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“The greatest science fiction writer ever.” —Leslie Fiedler

“Farmer offers his audience a wide-screen adventure that never fails to provoke, amuse, and educate...his imagintaion is certainly of the first rank.” —Time

“Philip Jose Farmer owes a fair measure of his fame to the World of Tiers series, based on the notion of immortal Lords whose ancestors made a host of pocket universes (including ours) and then lost the technological skills to make more.” —Analog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312857615
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Series:
World of Tiers Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
637,218
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

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Kickaha was a quicksilver Proteus.

Few could match his speed in adapting to change. But on Earth and on other planets of the pocket universes, the hills, mountains, valleys, plains, the rivers, lakes, and seas, seldom altered. Their permanence of form and location were taken for granted.

There were small local changes. Floods, earthquakes, avalanches, tidal waves reshaped the earth. But the effects were, in the time scale of an individual, in the lifetime of a nation, minute.

A mountain might walk, but the hundreds of thousands of generations living at its foot would not know it. Only God or a geologist would see its movements as the dash of a mouse for a hole.

Not here.

Even cocksure, unfazed Kickaha, who could react to change as quickly as a mirror reflects an image, was nervous. But he wasn't going to let anyone else know it. To the others, he seemed insanely cool. That was because they were going mad.

Behind the Walls of Terra, Copyright © 1970, 1982 by Philip José Farmer

Meet the Author


Philip José Farmer lives with his family in Peoria, Illinois. He has published more than forty novels, including such classics as The Lovers and To Your Scattered Bodies Go and the rest of the Riverworld series.

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