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ORIGINAL TITLE:


      Wolfbane
© 1969

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AUTHOR(S):

       KORNBLUTH, C. M.
       POHL, Frederik

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PUBLISHER:

       Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3 442 23136 1
YEAR: 1972
FORMAT: paperback
LANGUAGE: german
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TRANSLATOR(S):


Tony Westermayr
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COVER ILLUSTRATION:

       Eyke Volkmer
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Content:

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 knows?

Anyway, this novel has been completed by Frederik Pohl after Kornbluth's death.

The morale:

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.

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