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The Winter of the World

Written By:Poul Anderson - 1976

  • The Winter of the World  - Poul Anderson cover

    Tor - First Edition - Feb 1985

  • The Winter of the World  - Poul Anderson cover

    Signet - First Printing - May 1976

  • The Winter of the World  - Poul Anderson cover

    Signet - Double 9th Printing - 1983

  • The Winter of the World  - Poul Anderson cover

    Nelson Doubleday 1975 Book Club


Synopsis

Tor - First Edition - Feb 1985

A Brave New World—At War With Itelf!

Thousands of years from now, after a new Ice Age has reduced our world to frozen ruins, new civilization and cultures arise from the Ice. But as the people of tomorrow slowly uncover the lost technology of the past, they also rediscover war, conquest, diplomacy... and betrayal.

While the mighty Rahidian-Barommian Empire expands across the globe, Josserek Derrain, undercover agent for the freedom-loving Seafolk, must find a way to save his people from the Empire's grasp. His best hope is an alliance with the Rogaviki, a wild and nomadic race whose women are rumored to cast an unbreakable spell on any man who dares seek them out.

Between barbarians and aristocrats, spies and soldiers, the battle lines are drawn in the ultimate conflict to determine who will rule over... The Winter of the World

Signet - First Printing - May 1976

Betrayed!

Per Hiero Desteen was alone, weaponless, and without food or water, facing the unknown perils of the desert in this grim world, five thousand years after the holocaust known as The Death.

Sent south to spy on the evil Brotherhood of the Unclean which fought to destroy the emerging civilization of the north, he had been welcomed as the son-in-law of the King of D'alway. Welcomed, honored—and betrayed! Now his wife and all he loved were lost. And the mental powers which had enabled him to defeat every previous trick of the Unclean had been burned from his mind by drugs.

North, his numbed mind told him! North, where he might find help. But without his lost powers, he could not suspect the command was a subtle, cunning lure. Somewhere ahead, a creature that should not have existed was calling him to a meeting he could not imagine.

Signet - Double 9th Printing - 1983

First came the ice—and a magnificent civilization collapsed beneath the glaciers. Out of this confusion came the Seafold, who were slowly rediscovering long lost knowledge; the Rahidian-Barommian Empire, weaving its web of power over the world; and the nomadic Rogavik. Each of them had a destiny to fulfuill. But if the Empire carried out its plans, neither the Seafold nor the Rogaviki would long survive...

Excerpt

Signet - First Printing - May 1976

The Eyes of the Unclean

A face swam before Hiero's blurred vision, while he lay strapped to a bench in some dim place, half glimpsed through the pain and agony of his aching head. Out of the familiar face glared the gaze of the Unclean, the eyes gleaming with mockery and triumph.

Hiero writhed frantically against the bonds that held him fast. The movement brought another face into view. From the eyes came the same blaze of pure evil, with something else added—madness mixed with the malign blasphemy which was the essence of the Unclean.

He felt a fresh stab in his arm and saw a hand holding a glass tube capped with a bloody needle.

"We can kill him later," came a harsh whisper. "Not now. The Princess would know. They say this drug kills the mind powers, but they warn us to be wary. He must die, but away—far away."

Then the pain became too great to fight, and Hiero fainted.

Nelson Doubleday 1975 Book Club

A corpse in Arvanneth was nothing except food for stray dogs. That's why adventurer Josserek Derrain was so cautious as he slipped across the city's limits under cover of darkness. By now even the lowliest guard in the Southern Empire was looking to slit his throat for the reward. Josserek's intention was to see that no one ever collected that money.

As he moved quickly onward looking for shelter, the wary traveler saw a naked child at play in the street. The boy was rolling a human skull around for sport. How Arvanneth had changed since the days of its great glory—before the Ice came! Those were the times—many thousands of years past—when men could fly, when myth says they went to the moon and beyond, and this city, under whatever name, stood as a shining monument to a long-forgotten civilization.

But now the time for reveries was over... some menacing words had just cut the still air. "Stand quiet," said a gruff voice—a voice not of the Empire.

Donya of Hervar surveyed the captive with keen interest. He was quite unlike the other male specimens she'd seen in Arvanneth. This was someone to reckon with—a man with strong, challenging features similar to members of her own tribe, the Rogaviki, who roamed the North on the edge of the retreating ice caps. A proud and peaceful race, the Rogaviki hated and feared only one thing: invasion of their beloved hunting grounds. And this fear would shortly become a reality if the Empire moved ahead with its plans to invade and assimilate the Northern territories—slaughtering both animals and people as they advanced.

Donya knew that her tribe might soon have to fight for their survival. And if anyone could organize the Rogaviki into a defending army, this man called Josserek was the one who might do it!

Blurb

Tor - First Edition - Feb 1985

WILD WOMAN OF THE ICE!

Hunched on all fours, hands bent into claws, gape stretched wide, eyes-flat green encircled by white and encircling two tiny pits, she swayed. Inhuman, her noise ripped down his backbone. He edged away, hand on dagger hilt. "Donya," he stammered, "what's wrong, be calm, take care." The cabin bulkhead stopped him.

"Rra-a-ao-o!" she screamed, and sprang.

He saw her fly at him, crooked fingers, distorted bleach-white face, teeth ready to be fangs. His knife jumped forth. Before he could stab, she struck...

Signet - First Printing - May 1976

The long-awaited sequel to Hiero's Journet reveals new and even more fascinating wonders about the world of the far future where the Unclean seek to destroy man and civilization...

"...the many and wonderful creatures [Hiero] encounters in this world, and the circumstances in which they're encountered, are endlessly diverting." —Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Nelson Doubleday 1975 Book Club

And so begins one of the most compelling science fiction adventures of the decade. Poul Anderson, the celebrated author of A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, Fire Time and The Day of Their Return, has created a spellbinding novel of Earth's far future. It is a world where the beautiful Donya and courageous Josserek brave countless perils—including their stormy love for each other—to save the Rogaviki from extinction.

Catastrophe:

ecological

Type:

realistic