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I first read this in 1987 and most recently on the 10th September 2005.
A gigantic ring two hundred mile in diameter rushed through our Solar System
scattering alien Seeds across the cities and towns of Earth.
These Seeds emit a signal that hypnotizes, entrances all within range
drawing them irresistibly, step by step, closer to the Seed.
Now civilisation has largely collapsed. Only the Moon Men - those
inhabiting the Moon at the time of the pass-through - have retained their
society. And an odd society it is: they use a mind-tool, the Sheriar,
to maintain their psychological equilibrium. This amazing tool provides
moral and psychological support by promoting the re-experience of past lives*.
Now the Moon Men are ready to trace the trail of this Halo back to its source.
Finally they'll be able to take on the Aliens.
A potentially great SF novel, rather messed up - for me at least - by a
too generous dash of Californian New Age pseudo-science. I can't remember
what I thought of this first time around. This time, however, I became
progressively depressed and finally gave up reading it a few pages from the
*I simply didn't get this. The basic methodology seems to be: I'm feeling bad, mean, egomaniacal
or simply psychotic, so my Sheriar helps me relive my past life as a crusader. OK I was
a crusader and all my bad feelings are relieved. Nope, I don't follow it.
Loaded on the 1st May 2006.