To Your Scattered Bodies Go

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Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1971 - Riverworld (Imaginary place) - 222 pages
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All of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley. Hunger and disease have been eliminated and the people seem to have everything they need--except the answer to the question "Why?".

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Great, original concept and a well-written plot. - Goodreads
And not a good writing project. - Goodreads
Perhaps the weirdest thing about the book is the prose. - Goodreads
There are no buildings, no clothes and no instructions. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bruce_Deming - LibraryThing

This was an adventurous book. I don't like to go into the story line and spoil it, many others do give summaries. It was a book written with skill and cleverness and imagination that kept my interest ... Read full review

Review: To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld #1)

User Review  - Mark Oppenlander - Goodreads

Famed 19th century explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton dies. When he awakes, he finds himself resurrected, lying naked on the banks of a seemingly endless river, along with every other human being ... Read full review

About the author (1971)

Science fiction author Philip Josť Farmer was born in North Terre Haute, Indiana on January 26, 1918. He worked in a steel mill while attending Bradley University at night and writing in his spare time. In 1952, his story The Lovers, in which a human has sex with an alien, was published in a pulp magazine called Startling Stories and won him the Hugo Award in 1953 for most promising new author. He quit his job to become a full-time writer, but a string of misfortunes eventually forced him to take jobs as a manual laborer. He worked as a technical writer from 1956 to 1970, but continued writing science fiction, increasingly winning a name for himself. He finally found success in the 1960's with the Riverworld series. He wrote more than 75 books throughout his lifetime including the Dayworld series and the World of Tiers series. He also wrote short stories. He was known as a writer who breaks taboos, making fun of the solemn and sacred. He was considered a mocker of traditions and a writer who upset the conventions that come to surround every culture. He won the Hugo award again in 1968 for his work Riders of the Purple Wage, best novella and in 1972 for To Your Scattered Bodies Go, best novel. In 1988, he was the recipient of the Writers of the Past Award and for his work Riverworld, the Nova (Brazil) for best book. In 2001 he was awarded the Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award (Life Achievement). He died on February 25, 2009 at the age of 91.

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