What if instead of going to heaven, hell or simply ceasing to exist when you died, you found yourself reborn near an endless river on a strange and unknown world where hunger and disease have been eliminated by unseen and seemingly benevolent beings?
That's the intriguing premise of To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first novel in the thrilling and now-classic Riverworld series from acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy author Philip José Farmer.
When adventurer and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton awakens after dying to find himself on a mysterious world accompanied by billions of formerly deceased inhabitants of Earth from all time periods, the burning questions of the purpose of this world and the intentions of the mysterious beings who control it provide the motivation to embark upon a quest to find the answers he and others so greatly desire. Accompanying him on his epic journey are a science fiction writer, a neanderthal, a mysterious extraterrestrial, and Alice Liddel, who served as Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. As Burton and his fellow explorers journey toward the river's headwaters in the hope of solving the mystery of their curious new existence they encounter all manner of fascinating adventures.
Winner of a prestigious Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1971, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is a true modern sci-fi classic in every sense of the word.
Original and provocative, To Your Scattered Bodies Go won the 1971 Hugo Award for outstanding science fiction novel and has continued to be a favorite of generations of new listeners.
For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, 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.
With hunger and disease eliminated, Burton and the others appear to have everything they need - except an answer to the question Why?
Both swashbuckling adventure and insightful examination into mankind's constant search for answers to the unanswerable, To Your Scattered Bodies Go is voiced by narrator Paul Hecht to emphasize every thrilling moment of discovery. Download and start listening now!