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The Lovers Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1980

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034528691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345286918
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip José Farmer (1918-2009) is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and Nebula Grand Master. He has long been recognized as one of the foremost writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for being the author who introduced sex into science fiction in 1952 with his groundbreaking novella "The Lovers"; his biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage; his love of pulp characters; his Riverworld, World of Tiers, and Dayworld series; and his Wold Newton Family concept.

Visit www.pjfarmer.com to keep up on all the latest news about Philip José Farmer.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a novel based on a short story from 1952. Unlike many such extended stories, Farmer succeds to create a coherent whole novel without boring material just intended to stretch a story to novel lenght.
The protagonist of "The Lovers" is Hal Yarrow, citizen of the Haijac Union, a totalitarian teocracy that has replaced the USA after a world war decimated most of the human race. Stifled by the unrelenting control by the state-church and its police over every aspect of his life, he is offered a way out of his bleak existence when he is drafted as a linguist for an interstellar expedition to the planet Ozagen, a world inhabited by a native species with a very complex language.
Things are not quite what they seem; the ostensibly peaceful scientific expedition is actually intended to pave the way for human colonization, starting with genocide by germ warfare on the native species. While Yarrow is working together with the local inhabitants to learn more of the world, the spaceship crew is working on producing bioweapons lethal to the natives. During a trip trough the wilderness, Yarrow meets Jeanette, a human survivor of an earlier, failed colony, founded by people who fled the Earth before the Haijac Union established hegemony over the western world.
Yarrow falls in love with Jeanette, and he realizes he would not be allowed to meet her, or any human not approved of by the state-church hierarchy and its local commissar, Pornsen. The existence of other humans on the planet is not known by Yarrow's superiors, and he decides to keep it a secret. As his secret love affair with Jeanette continues, he begins to change from a loyal subject of the state-church to a rebel.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of Farmer's best. The story and the concepts are familiar - but the way the plot unfolds does so with a wit that never fails to amuse me. Pornsen the Gapt, the small, perverse policeman/religious overseer/moral guardian -who harrases poor Hal Yarrow throughout the book.

I throughly reccomned this book to those fans of Farmer who haven't experienced the other side of his creativeness.

5 stars
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By Daniel Harper on December 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like odd quirky science fiction, you'll like this. I like Farmer's "River World" books better, but this is a refreshing break from that series.
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