Condition: well read
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Earth has been highjacked by the inhabi-
tants, seemingly of pyramidal proportions, of another
planet. A planet that has been drifting through space
until man decided to land a vessel on it. The planet
thus went into orbit and lit the moon as a second sun.
The three planets have been traveling through space
since then, to a destination unknown. One pyramid resides
on earth, a motionless and emotionless object with no
obvious purpose. People disappear and no one knows where
to. Apparently they are transported to the foreign planet
where their brain capacity is used to compute. All goes
well for the pyramids until they try to “assimilate”
a man called Tropile. He regains consciousness on the
other planet and manages to change things ...
What striked me was the description of how the human
bodies are “stored” on the other planet.
They are kept in tanks of nutricious fluid, their brains
connected to be used as a giant computer. Maybe one
of the inspirations for “The Matrix”, who
Anyway, this novel has been completed by Frederik Pohl
after Kornbluth's death.
Only if you are willing to act against all odds, collaborating
with others to reach a common goal, are you able to
change your situation.