Chthon (Aton, Book 1) by Piers Anthony

By Piers Anthony

Chthon was once Piers Anthony's first released novel in 1967, written over the process seven years. He all started it whilst he was once within the US military, so it has a protracted legal series that's equivalent to that have, being darkish and grim. It good points Aton 5, an area guy who commits the crime of falling in love with the harmful, attractive Minionette and is consequently condemned to dying within the subterranean legal of Chthon. It makes use of flashbacks to teach how he got here to grasp the Minionette, and flash-forwards to teach how he handled her after his break out from criminal. the writer regards this as probably the main intricately based novel the technological know-how myth style has visible. It was once a contender for awards, yet now not a winner.

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Besides the Massood, only the Chirinaldo made decent soldiers, and those dizzy heliox-breathers were poor companions on a blasted battlefield. He adjusted his dress vest and shorts, smoothing out the short gray fur that peered from beneath the hems. The irises of his eyes were a lighter gray, the vertical pupils almost black. At the same time he tried to relax. That was something of a contradiction in terms. A Massood could not really relax. Immaterial on the battlefield, it often kept them from promotion to command positions, where the presence of a calmer S’van was more reassuring.

Even the traditional show of force had failed to convince, serving only to warn them of what was to come and allowing them time to prepare. The Amplitur knew that might be the result, but they tried it anyway. The peoples of the Purpose did not attack without first trying persuasion. They were integrators, not conquerors. Next had come the traditional attempt at subverting the government, through innuendo and bribery carried out by allies who physically resembled the Sspari. The morality of such methods was often questioned, but the Amplitur would do anything to avoid war, that obscene offense against reason.

If necessary, a pill could be taken. Golden eyes studied the vast arc of the transparent wall, pondering the expanse of space outside the ship. Much beauty was to be found in the cascade of stars and worlds, in the iridescent wash of nebulae so like the changing gold and silver patterns that highlighted Amplitur skin. Underspace shifting diffused the shapes beyond, reducing great suns to ethereal blurs of color which only added to their loveliness. Only in the full light of the Purpose could such magnificence be truly appreciated.

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