The many-faceted talent of Philip
José Farmer encompasses both the satirical and the serious
sides of science fiction, and this action-filled collection of seven
short stories and a novelette is a marvel of diversity and originality.
Here the Hugo Award-winning author gives an exciting demonstration of
the unflinching style and imagination that have gained him such a
large, enthusiastic following. Prometheus
is set in the 23rd Century and relates the misadventures of one John
Carmody, a monk of the order of St. Jairus. Attacked by hoodlums in a
zoo on Earth, Carmody has the misfortune to fall into the enclosure
housing a horowitz - a giant bird from the planet Feral - which holds
him down with one foot and proceeds to lay an egg on his chest! Carmody
manages to escape from the closure, but discovers that the egg has put
out tendrils and attached itself permanently to his chest!
Carmody's plight becomes a golden opportunity for zoologists, who
believe the horowitzes to be the Galaxy's most intelligent nonsentient
beings. Not only can they now study the embryo's development in the
egg, but they also convince the hapless monk to go to Feral and
impersonate a horowitz to help gather scientific data.
Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday / BCE
Book Club Edition (SFBC), # 3317
not dated [= 04/1971; date code 18M]
not dated [= 10/1973; date code D44]
not priced [= $ 1.49 for members]
Blue leatherette boards with black lettering on the
spine. The first printing has date code 18M on page 211, the
second printing has code D44 on
New York, NY:
Scarborough, Ontario: Signet Books (Canadian edition)
Science Fiction, T4805
10/1971 (Canadian edition)
Both editions are exactly the same, except for the publisher
information, and the Canadian edition also states "Printed in Canada".
Science Fiction 0242
Jürgen F. Rogner
Contains five stories, marked with *.