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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Oct. 12 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345354915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345354914
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Split Infinity is the first book in Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. Here two worlds exist side by side: Proton and Phaze. Proton is a science fiction world, where everything works in a logical and scientific manner. Phaze is a fantasy world similar to Anthony's Xanth in that there's no such thing as science--it's all done with magic! The wild plot involves a young adventurer named Stiles who lives in Proton and learns that his "double" in Phaze has been murdered. To solve his own demise, Stiles must travel between the two realities, each abounding with the expected confusions and unexpected plot twists for which Anthony is famous. An artful blending of SF and fantasy clichés and situations, Split Infinity shows Piers Anthony at the top of his ingenious game(s). --Stanley Wiater

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By A Customer on May 28 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book Split Infinity is the first book in the series of Apprentice Adept by Piers Anthony. The book is a about an extremely short serf named Stile. A serf is what the basic person is called on the planet Proton. Proton is located in the same system as Earth. On Proton, there are two types of people, the serf and the citizen. Serfs are hired by citizens to do various thing around the planet, but serfs have limited tenure and when it runs out they are deported to Earth. Citizens are extremely wealthy people that hire serfs and have unlimited tenure. Stile is a normal serf that is very talented at the game, a game that tests all attributes of a human against others. Stile led a normal life until a mysterious robot is sent to protect him and attempts start being made on his life. Once, as he is trying to escape from pursuers, he accidentally crosses a curtain that teleports him to a mysterious world were magic really exists. He then has the ability to cross the curtain from world to world, but attempts at his life are made in the other world to. Stile must now try to find who is trying to kill him on both worlds and why. I would give this book four out of five stars because it keeps you interested and makes you want to read the whole series.
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By Joe Sherry on April 16 2003
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Split Infinity is the first book of the Apprentice Adept series. Piers Anthony is best known for his Xanth series, but I enjoyed the first three novels of this series as much as I did anything else that Piers Anthony wrote. The novel (and series) deals with a dual world. Proton is a science fiction orientated world. The laws of science rule the world. The planet is desolate with the air being unbreatheable. People live in large city sized domes. People are divided into two classes. Citizens are extremely wealthy, are permitted to wear clothing, and are the rulers of Proton. Serfs do the work, are not permitted clothing (though are permitted their own diversions as long as it does not interfere with their work), and have a limited tenure on Proton. After their tenure expires, they must leave the planet (though they do get to collect a large amount of their earnings at the end of tenure). Phaze is a fantasy world where magic exists and the world is still fairly pristine. The powers of Phaze are human magician called Adepts (they are adept in one particular facet of the magic). Dragons, unicorns, and werewolves are real. The features of the Phaze are the same as Proton, except the land hasn't been ruined.
The protagonist of the novel is a man named Stile. Stile is a serf on Proton. He is a jockey for a Citizen, but in the private world of the serfs, he is a master at the Games. The Games are the main entertainment for serfs, and they get to test their skills at various sports/games/arts/activities. A master player can excel in most facets of the Game. Stile is a master player and is two years from the end of his tenure. He meets a female robot named Sheen (get the pun?).
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This book is a fast read that will make you want to re-read it over and over. I was fist introduced to this book by a friend. Firstly let me point out i am not the reading type, however this book had me hooked i couldn't stop reading it (I've missed quite a few stops on the bus because of this book).
Piers Anthony has created a wonderful world (or worlds should i say) in which Stile (the main character) is a minor inhabitant he is a jocy on a planet called proton until it all goes pear-shaped when there is a threat on his life.
The title 'Split Infinity' makes more sense after you've read the book. Piers has two worlds which are parallel dimentions on is Proton and one is called Phaze. Proton being the futuristic planet barren out side bio-domes, and Phaze being a lush land of magic and mythical creatures.
All in all this book is an amasing read it totaly pulls you in and you won't want to put it down and you be sad to when you've finished.
BTW: Split Infinity is number one in a series to find the others go to amazon.com and serch for The Apprentice Adept Series, for a full list; as some of the books are not avalible in the UK or are out of print (however lots of second hand copies on amazon.com and .co.uk for that matter)
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I can see how this series would appeal to the average male adolescent. How can you beat a storyline that has every attractive female character just dying to sleep with the hero, who just happens to be talented at everything he tries, not just in one, but in two different worlds?
The characters are flat and one dimensional. They may be attractive, smart and athletic, but there is no personality. The women are particularly shallow. They are never introduced without comments on their sexual features and our hero sleeps with almost every one.
I could not even give this book points for its plot, which, while a creative idea, has holes you could drive a truck through. I do not want to go into details, and I'm sure that people that enjoy this style of writing will be able to justify any of this, but for my money, this is the romance novel in a fantasy setting. If all you want is a mindnumbing read where the "good guy" wins the girl (or two or three....) then this will be right up your ally.
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