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by Doris Piserchia

  • Author: Doris Piserchia
  • ISBN: 0234720530
  • ISBN13: 978-0234720530
  • ePub: 1486 kb | FB2: 1163 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Dobson Books Ltd; New Ed edition (January 26, 1978)
  • Pages: 210
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 194
  • Format: rtf lit txt doc
Billion Days of Earth ePub download

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This eBook first published in Great Britain in 2015 by. Gollancz. Piserchia, Doris, A Billion Days of Earth.

A billion days of earth. Enter the SF Gatewa. n the last years of the twentieth century (as Wells might have put it), Gollancz, Britain’s oldest and most distinguished science fiction imprint, created the SF and Fantasy Masterworks series. Our plan is, at its simplest, to use this technology to build on the success of the SF and Fantasy Masterworks series and to go even further. Welcome to the new home of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

A Billion Days of Earth is a far-ranging, entertaining, sprawling novel that never goes quite where you think it will, yet it's ultimately very rewarding. There are some amusing bits and some real tension

A Billion Days of Earth is a far-ranging, entertaining, sprawling novel that never goes quite where you think it will, yet it's ultimately very rewarding. There are some amusing bits and some real tension. It's a challenging and thought-provoking book from a writer who's not too well remembered but was quite accomplished; her career was too short. This is the first work by Ms Piserchia I've read, and it will certainly not be the last. A Billion Days of Earth is a profoundly strange work; this is always a plus for me, but if its not your cup of tea you'd do better to stear clear.

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Author: Piserchia Doris.

The ability to see other-dimensional rings that float in Earth's atmosphere was a late mutation of a few space-age humans

The ability to see other-dimensional rings that float in Earth's atmosphere was a late mutation of a few space-age humans. Daryl was under the care of the institution for muters, and she had discovered that if you jumped through the right ring at the right time it would land you in another dimensional world and another shape. Spaceling is the story of Daryl's desperate efforts to unravel the mystery of why she was being held captive and of what was really going on in a certain alien dimension.

Doris Piserchia (1928 - ) Doris Piserchia was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, where she grew up as part of a large family. She attended Fairmont State College and worked as a lifeguard while earning a teacher's degree in Physical Education. Upon graduating in 1950, Piserchia realised that she didn't want to become a teacher and so instead joined the Navy, where she served for four years.

Doris Piserchia (born Doris Summers, October 11, 1928 in Fairmont, West Virginia) is an American science fiction writer who was born and raised in West . A Billion Days of Earth (1976).

Doris Piserchia (born Doris Summers, October 11, 1928 in Fairmont, West Virginia) is an American science fiction writer who was born and raised in West Virginia. She served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954 and after that received her Master's in educational psychology. She did not begin publishing until 1966.

com User, April 18, 2007. Sheen: The Ego Eater. The Earth teemed with life of all kinds, and many besides man had intelligence and the gift of speech. A Billion Days of Earth.

Ttyr
Doris Piserchia's A Billion Days of Earth (1976) is a whimsical, disturbing, and stunningly inventive science fiction novel. This is the second and by far the best of her novels I've read (A Billion Days of Earth surpasses Doomtime (1981) in virtually every regard). Not only are the characters better drawn but the plot isn't as easily derailed by repetitious actions. That said, she isn't always the best at plotting but her imaginative worldscapes and bizarre creatures more than compensate. Doris Piserchia's oeuvre deserves to be read (and reprinted!). Sadly due to the deaths in her family she stopped publishing in 1983...

Brief Plot Summary (limited spoilers)

The year is three million A.D. and humans have evolved to the point where they possess immense physical and technological abilities. Humans (Homo Superior), now called Gods, in the past dabbled with genetics and created various creatures including the ferocious zizzy, which is a pouched bee/cat. The Gods refuse to interact with the denizens of the Earth and occupy themselves by engaging in various leisure activities in the clouds.

However the Gods are not the only sentient creature inhabiting this future earth. Rats have evolved and gained sentience without the assistance of the Gods. The rats call themselves humans. These rat/humans have constructed an immense foundry to supply surrogate metal hands... Occasionally pockets of intelligent rats without metal hands are discovered.

The action takes place in Osfar (the location of the hand foundry) a city in the middle of a desert cut off from its water supply by an earthquake. The main characters are Rik, a brilliant and fearless scientist, and his adopted brother Jak (whom Rik discovered and supplied with hands). The humans are ruled by an inbred "caste" called Fillys who are virtual dictators and control vast amounts of money and live in huge estates.

The inhabitants of this future earth, besides the Gods, are engaged in vicious interspecies strife (the zizzies attack the human/rats and vice-versa).

Into this violent and unusual world comes Sheen an amorphous silver being whose purpose and origins are unknown. Sheen seeps out of the volcanic Valley of the Dead and prays on any species it encounters (besides the advanced Gods) by presenting a victim specific telepathic vision of paradise in order to consume the victim's ego. Sheen multiples and soon huge swaths of land are devoid of life. For a long time no one is concerned despite Rik's repeated attempts to notify the authorities...

A parallel story emerges as well -- Rik spends his time stealing gadgets from the Gods (humans). On one of these treks Rik and Jak encounter a helpless Goddess who momentarily lost her abilities while secretly giving birthabout to be consumed by a moving hill. Yes, a moving semi-sentient hill!

The two narratives -- Sheen's slow engulfing of all human life and Rik's interactions with the aloof Gods - intertwine in spectacular fashion.

Final Thoughts

A Billion Days of Earth is a heady brew of fascinating ideas -- semi-sentient moving hills, evolved human/gods uninterested in the world below, sentient rats with metal hands, and of course the amorphous/shape-shifting ego consuming Sheen. The snappy dialogue between Rik and Sheen is a delight to read (and the dialogue between Sheen and any of the creatures it attempts to consume).

My critiques are minor. I wish Rik has a larger roll to play. His role is muted because of Piserchia unfortunate tendency to introduce a horde of characters throughout the novel which don't add too much to the narrative. Likewise I'm still unsure of the purpose of the tangential Filly machination subplot...

All in all this was a delightful read for all sci-fi fans!

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Ndav
superb
Kelezel
if you only read on book this year, make it this one.

remark made on hour 25 science fiction radio in los angeles, sometime back, when he was still with us.
Kesalard
This novel takes place in the distant future, when humans have evolved into god-like beings and rats have evolved into human-like people.The earth is populated largely by sentient and semi-sentient beings who are the result of extensive genetic tinkering by humans. It's made clear that while the "gods" (humans) messed around with the rat's social developement, they evolved their higher sentience on their own.

It's told largely from the viewpoints of three characters. The main one is Rik, the rat. Curious, brilliant, and absolutely fearless about facing all truth, his friend Jak,a Canine, who is impulsive, passionate, and deeply concerned with ethics and what is right and there's Sheen.

Sheen is an amorphous silver being who can assume any shape it wishes. Sheen has no memory of it's origins or it's purpose. It does have an insatiable appitite. It eats egos after seducing it's prey with telepathically sent visions of a sort of paradise tailored to the individual, which they may live in forever on condition they surrender their minds and wills to Sheen.

Sheen becomes obsessed with the gods and with Rik after finding he cannot seduce either. Part of the fun part of reading this was the many exchanges between Rik and Sheen, as well as between Jak and Sheen. Laced throughout with humor and astute observations on the nature of sentient life. Reading about the various other beings who populate this brave new world was pretty entertaining.

There were quite a few sub-plots as well, Sheen seems to be taking over all sentient life (He won't take children or the feeble-minded) and the god's growing unease and awareness of Sheen's presence. There's a lot of cynicism in this book, but it is very compassionate and ultimately presents a strong faith in the innate stregnth and beauty of Life. This is one book I have read repeatedly over the past 30 years, and enjoy as much with my changing understanding and viewpoint of life as I did when I first read it as a teenager.
Malann
Sheen: The Ego Eater. The Earth teemed with life of all kinds, and many besides man had intelligence and the gift of speech. But chaos ruled. And violence. And despair. Then, in the Valley of the Dead, Sheen first entered the world, and all of life would bend to the might of the Supreme One before the final push to the stars.
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