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Summary

A stunning achievement in speculative fiction, which critic Colin Wilson called the "greatest novel of the 20th century". 

A Voyage to Arcturus has inspired, enchanted, and unsettled audiences for decades. It is simultaneously an epic quest across one of the most unusual and brilliantly depicted alien worlds ever conceived, a profoundly moving journey of discovery into the metaphysical heart of the universe, and a shockingly intimate excursion into what makes us human and unique. 

After a strange interstellar journey, Maskull, a man from Earth, awakens alone in a desert on the planet Tormance, seared by the suns of the binary star Arcturus. In a sort of agnostic's Pilgrim's Progress, he journeys northward, guided by a drumbeat, encountering a world and its inhabitants like no other, where gender is a victory won at dear cost; where landscape and emotion are drawn into an accursed dance; where heroes are killed, reborn, and renamed; and where the cosmological lures of Shaping, who may be God, torment Maskull in his astonishing pilgrimage. 

At the end of his arduous and increasingly mystical quest waits a dark secret and an unforgettable revelation. 

Influential on such fantasy notables as C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman, A Voyage to Arcturus was the first novel by writer David Lindsay (1878–1945), and it remains one of the most revered cornerstones of science fiction.

Public Domain (P)2020 Gordon Greenhill Book and Audio

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