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by Brian Aldiss

Cover artist: Paul Lehr

Publisher: Signet

Pub year: 1960

Cover price: 35¢


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The magnificent novel of a weird and terrifying journey — generations in length — that knew neither sun, nor moon, nor stars

Back cover text


They were humans — or so they believed — the grotesque result of a grandiose experiment which has gone appallingly awry.

Trapped on a world that was hurtling through space at a fantastic speed, they sought the riddle of their heritage among the only companions they knew — ghosts, mutants, giants and regimented rats.

This is one of the most extraordinary novels ever written, the spine-tingling story of lost beings who try to find themselves in a world gone mad.

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Voyage of discovery

Somewhere in the fabled region called Forwards lay the answers to a 400-year-old secret: Who were they? Where did they come from? Where were they going?

But Forwards was far away, through lands of unimaginable horror. And the answers they sought were the jealously guarded secret of the mysterious Unknowns — a secret so hideous that even those superior beings dared not reveal it....