boom-and-bust economic cycles, and prudery--no change was morestartling than the face of New York, where, for instance, the Empire StateBuilding became the Tower of Zeus!In this totally altered world, William Forrester was an acolyte of Athena,Goddess of Wisdom, and therefore a teacher, in this case of a totally alteredhistory--and Maya Wilson, girl student, evidently had a totally altered wayof grading in mind--but what else would a worshipper of Venus, Goddessof Love, have in mind?This was just the first of the many Trials of Forrester, every bit as mightyand perilous as the Labors of Hercules. In love with Gerda Symes, like hima devotee of Athena, like him a frequenter of the great Temple of PallasAthena (formerly known as the 42nd Street Library)--dedicated, in short, tothe pleasures of the mind--Forrester was under the soft, compellingpressure of soft, compelling devotees of Venus, Bacchus and the like, andin need of all the strength that he and his Goddess, the beautiful andintellectual Athena, could muster to save him from the endless temptationsof this new Earth.And into this sensuous strife strode Temple Myrmidons--religious copssworn to obey orders without question or hesitation--with a pickup orderfor William Forrester.Where he was taken, what happened to him, the truly fantastic discoverieshe made about himself and the Gods and Goddesses--here are theingredients that make up this science fiction novel of suspense, intrigue,mystery and danger. For science fiction it is, with the supernatural makingcomplete sense, and fun too, despite the Sword of Damocles hanging by athread over Forrester's head!
by Randall Garrett and Larry M. Harris
P a g a nP a s s i o n s
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