Philip José Farmer, the wildly creative author of the bestselling Riverworld series, here delights his wide readership with a compelling new novel. All the skills and the soaring imagination which have won Farmer over a million dedicated fans are abundant in this highly charged, far-future, space adventure story. The Unreasoning Mask is the story of Ramstan, captain of al-Buraq, a rare model starship. It is capable of alaraf drive: instantaneous travel between two points of space. Three of these special ships were built to explore and make contact with the many sentient races inhabiting the universe. Suddenly, one of the ships mysteriously disappears. And then it is discovered that an unidentifiable "creature" is marauding through the universe, totally annihilating intelligent life on planet after planet. Ranstan, a thoughtful and moral man, becomes a fascinated yet reluctant pawn in the hands of the strange forces which arise to fight the deadly destroyer. Ultimately, he is the one man who, in a fearful race against time, can stop the destruction. But what price must he pay for becoming the savior of intelligent-kind? The Unreasoning Mask is Farmer at his best--fast-paced, complex, slightly mystical, high-action adventure.
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This is the first edition of this novel. It was followed in 1982 by a book club edition. Publishers Weekly says, "The Unreasoning Mask is Farmer at his best--fast-paced, complex, slightly mystical, high-action adventure."About the Author:
Philip José Farmer, a science fiction author for thirty years, is considered one of the most daring, innovative and far-thinking writers in the genre. He reached his deserved level of success with the Riverworld series, first begun in 1971 with the Hugo award-winning To Your Scattered Bodies Go, and culminating with last year's best-seller, The Magic Labyrinth. Mr. Farmer and his wife live in Peoria, Illinois.
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Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0399126732
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110399126732