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To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1 | [Philip Jose Farmer]

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.
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Publisher's Summary

Original and provocative, To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the 1971 Hugo Award for outstanding science fiction novel and has continued to be a favorite of generations of new listeners.

For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need - except an answer to the question "Why?"

Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind's constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery.

©1971 Philip José Farmer; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1972

"One of the most imaginative worlds in science fiction." (Booklist)

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    J. Hansen Denmark 01-18-10
    J. Hansen Denmark 01-18-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Great classic"

    Thrilling and imaginative. Dear publisher & Audible: please release the rest of the Riverworld series very soon.

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    Richard Fairfax, VA, United States 06-18-13
    Richard Fairfax, VA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not sure why this is considered such a classic"

    Older sci-fi has a certain tone. I find that most sci-fi written before about 1950 reads like an adventure story that occurs in a strange setting. If you've read Lewis' "That Hideous Strength," Burroughs' mars series, or Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," you probably know what I'm talking about. This book falls right in line with that particular tone, despite being written in the 70's.

    I have come across this book (and the series as a whole) several times on lists of important sci-fi works. I frankly don't understand why it merits mentioning.

    The story just isn't that compelling. The main character is Sir Richard Francis Burton, who is an actual historical figure. If you're a big fan of his, maybe you'll like this book more than I did. Since I had barely heard of him, and basically couldn't care less about him, this just seems like a weird story about a guy who acts like kind of a jerk.

    Perhaps someone doing an academic exploration of this novel would call it a "Fish-out-of-water story exploring the limits and eventual breakdown of Victorian manners." I just thought it was dull.

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    Steve Metung, Australia 11-24-10
    Steve Metung, Australia 11-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Dated"

    I remember this as the first in a series I read a long time ago and loved. However on rehearing it now it seems written a bit.....old?

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    Lauren sarasota, FL, USA 08-08-09
    Lauren sarasota, FL, USA 08-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "To your scattered bodies go"

    Horrible ending. Just drops off...does not leave you wanting to find out what happens next. Poorly written. Try Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clark instead.

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    nicki Enid, OK, United States 08-01-10
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    to violent and I was tired of everyone dying and coming back. I could not see the value in it.

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    "Great story, well told"

    This was my first introduction to Phillip Jose Farmer, and I have to say I loved it. Great science fiction writing, with a fascinating central idea, well-developed and entertaining characters, and fluent writing. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some great science fiction writing.

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