In one volume, here are the last three novels in the classic SF adventure series, The World of Tiers: Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World, and More Than Fire. These are the great originals of universe-hopping adventure that later writers, including Roger Zelazny in his Amber Series, used as models. Zelazny himself says, "I admire his sense of humor and facility for selecting the perfect final sentence for everything he writes. He can be stark, dark, smoky, bright, and any color of the emotional spectrum...put quite simply, he arouses awe," The tierworld books are full of non-stop action and typify Farmer's boundless imagination. Who else would have thought of stacking up pocket universes like a ziggurat or the layers of a cake? Join Earthlings Robert Wolff and Paul Janus Finnigan (alias Kickaha) on an unforgettable adventure to big for any single world.
About 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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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.
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
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This book is pure fantasy. That is to say it is purely a fantasy not that it is a pure example of the genre. Old man falls through a hole into another world. Falls away from his shrewish wife and unfulfilling life and into a world where people are naked, sexually liberated, and where he starts getting younger. This is just the first of the many worlds contained in this volume. Each one has clearly been thought out and built in great detail. If only the action stayed in them for long enough to make the description of the landscape, people and cultures seem worthwhile. A bigger fan of world building would have enjoyed it more but for me it was falling on death ears.The plot wasn't good enough to keep me hooked throughout. The three books all centred around quests but it never really seemed likely that the good guys wouldn't win. It was incredibly predictable and the characters where nothing special. I'd recommend this book for when you just need some light reading. There is nothing mind numbingly bad about it, it just isn't exceptional.