I’ve just stumbled upon the wikipedia entry for the Riverworld series of books which sounds both barmy and intruiging.

… the Riverworld is an Earthlike planet whose surface has been sculpted to consist solely of one staggeringly long river-valley.

The story of Riverworld begins when almost the whole of humanity, from the time of the first homo sapiens through to the early 21st century, is simultaneously resurrected along the banks of the river, an estimated thirty-five to thirty-seven billion people.

There’s more. It is, of course, impossible to tell from the article if they’re well written or a bunch of pants. A lot of sci-fi works enjoy a vociferous and enthusiastic fanbase while still being turgid rubbish… The mention of Esperanto is troubling… Hmmm, well, ultimately I suppose I should just get hold of a copy of the first book and see what I think – unless anyone can advise me otherwise? :-)

One Response to “Riverworld”

  1. November 30th, 2005 | 3:42 pm

    I’ve never read them, although I remember a Dave Langford review of a later one that wasn’t too keen. I believe there was even a RPG based on it.