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Downward to the Earth. 1970 Downward to the Earth
by Robert Silverberg
First Edition 1970
Nelson Doubleday / SFBC
New York
Publisher code: 2404
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Frank Frazetta
viii+180 pages
Price: $1.49

Notes
Downward to the Earth, a standalone novel by Robert Silverberg.

Previously published as a four part serial in Galaxy (November 1969 to March 1970).

A graphic novel adaption by Philippe Thirault and Laura Zuccheri was published by Humanoids in 2018.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1978 Pan Books paperback edition, ISBN 0330255916. Cover illustration by Stuart Hughes.

Publisher's Blurb – Lower Cover
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Robert Silverberg

'Probably the most intelligent science fiction writer in America'
-Ursula Le Guin

Downward to the Earth

The planet Belzagor is predominantly jungle, populated with bizarre flora and fauna and governed by the elephant-like alien nildoror and the bi-pedal sulidoror.

Gundersen was last on Belzagor when it was the colonial planet Holman's World and he was an administrator. He has returned to meet old friends, his former lover Seena and the enigmatic Kurtz.

Yet Gundersen is still driven by an old guilt from the time when he prevented some nildoror from journeying to their sacred place for the mysterious ceremony of 'rebirth'. Now he wishes to undergo the bizarre nildor rite, to travel into the mist country for his own metamorphosis . . .

'A journey of discovery on an alien world . . . this one ranks among the finest of Silverberg's immensely fruitful recent years'
-Tribune

 
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