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To Your Scattered Bodies Go is the Hugo Award-winning beginning to the story of Riverworld, Philip José Farmer's unequaled tale about life after death. When famous adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton dies, the last thing he expects to do is awaken naked on a foreign planet along the shores of a seemingly endless river. But that's where Burton and billions of other humans (plus a few nonhumans) find themselves as the epic Riverworld saga begins. It seems that all of Earthly humanity has been resurrected on the planet, each with an indestructible container that provides three meals a day, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, a lighter, and the odd tube of lipstick. But why? And by whom?
That's what Burton and a handful of fellow adventurers are determined to discover as they construct a boat and set out in search of the river's source, thought to be millions of miles away. Although there are many hardships during the journey--including an encounter with the infamous Hermann Goring--Burton's resolve to complete his quest is strengthened by a visit from the Mysterious Stranger, a being who claims to be a renegade within the very group that created the Riverworld. The stranger tells Burton that he must make it to the river's headwaters, along with a dozen others the Stranger has selected, to help stop an evil experiment at the end of which humanity will simply be allowed to die. --Craig E. Engler
"ONE OF THE MOST IMAGINATIVE WORLDS IN SCIENCE FICTION!"
"Charts a territory somewhere between Gulliver's Travels and The Lord of the Rings."
As a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, I waited with bated breath to read a novel so grand in scope. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Keith
I just finished reading all 5 volumes in this series and had to offer a review.
Book 1 starts off tremendous (!! Read more
Some really scathing reviews here and some quite unfair given that this novel was written 32 years ago. Film, theater, television and, yes, novels all age just as we do. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Wayne Klein
I read this back in 1979, and recently reread the series through "Magic Labyrinth." It was better the first time. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by Mithradates
Reading the other reviews, as I usually do, I was horrified to find that no-one seemed to understand the Riverworld series. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by Joe
When Sir Richard died he thought that it was all she wrote. He could not have been more wrong, he had been resurrected on a giant river with most of the rest of humanity. Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by General Pete
This is one of those novels that the simple setup will keep you interested and on your toes long after the author drives the story into the ground. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Dixon Whitley
This is fairly run-of-the-mill old-style science fiction. There are two notable shortcomings: first, he doesn't make any attempt to resolve the main questions of the book (who... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003