The Magic Labyrinth

Riverworld (Volume 3 of 4)

Philip Jose Farmer

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Reissued to follow the Syfy Channel film of Riverworld, this fourth book in the classic Riverworld series continues the adventures of Samuel Clemens and Sir Richard Francis Burton as they travel through Farmer's strange and wonderful Riverworld, a place where everyone who ever lived is simultaneously resurrected along a single river valley that stretches over an entire planet. Famous characters from history abound.

Now Burton and Clemens, who have traveled for more than thirty years on two great ships, are about to reach the end of the River. But there is a religion, The Church of the Second Chance, that has grown up along the River and its adherents, possibly inspired by aliens, are determined to destroy the riverboats. A coming battle may destroy Burton and Clemens, but even if they survive, how can they penetrate the alien tower of the Ethicals, who created this astonishing world? What can humans do against a race capable of creating a world and resurrecting the entire human race on it?

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Chapter 1 Everybody should fear only one person, and that person should be himself.”

That was a favorite saying of the Operator.

The Operator had also spoken much of love, saying that the person most feared should also be much loved.

The man known to some as X or the Mysterious Stranger neither loved nor feared himself the most.

There were three people he had loved more than he loved anybody else.

His wife, now dead, he had loved but not as deeply as the other two.

His foster mother and the Operator he loved with equal intensity or at least he had once

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“Farmer's blend of intellectual daring and pulp-fiction prose found a worldwide audience…. Sprawling, episodic works gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action.”
--The New York Times

“The greatest science fiction writer ever.”
--Leslie A. Fiedler, author of Love and Death in the American Novel

“An excellent science fiction writer, far more skillful than I am.”
--Isaac Asimov

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Philip Jose Farmer

Philip José Farmer was one of the great SF writers of the twentieth century. He lived in Peoria, Illinois, until his death in February 2009.

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The Magic Labyrinth
Philip Jose Farmer

Trade Paperback

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765326553
ISBN10: 0765326558
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$19.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429943062
ISBN10: 1429943068
448 pages
$7.99
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