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I first read this in 1974 and most recently on the 11th September 2005
In a multi-levelled environment deep beneath the surface, humans still survive,
perhaps they are all that's left of humanity. Along with them live the Plants
human in appearance except for odd little buds on their temples.
In this strange, subterranean world, the Plants are the real citizens of a
rigidly-controlled society. The humans are the outsiders, struggling to
maintain their tribes and families against the power of the Godvoice that
controls the Plants.
Forced into a nomadic existence, and ever deeper into the ground, the humans
have only myths about the thrills and terrors of the higher realm they left
so long ago.
Well, I have to admit to a soft spot for this novel.
I read several of Richard Cowper's novels in the seventies, including "Clone" and
"The Twilight of Briareus". As a kid I thought they were good - they were
well-written and thrilling stories. If you're new to SF or if you're a kid too
(and there's nothing to be
too ashamed about if you. Heck, even I was a kid, although a very adult, mature and
sophisticated one) then you may enjoy these short but satisfying traditional SF yards.
Loaded on the 28th February 2007.