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This Fortress World

(1955)
A novel by

 
 
SFWA Grand Master James Gunn's This Fortress World takes place in the far future of our galaxy, when countless civilizations have risen and fallen, leaving only their marvelous scientific achievements as legacy to those worlds which have now fallen into a new Dark Age. On the planet Brancusi, William Dane, an acolyte monk in the all-powerful Church, comes into possession of a crystal pebble dropped in the offering plate, a stolen treasure believed to hold untold secrets of mankind's past. There are powerful men who will stop at nothing, including murder, to recover this ancient artifact, and Dane must flee for his life to protect the knowledge the crystal holds. Once in the outside world to which he is a stranger, and no longer in the comforting isolation of the Cathedral where he has spent his entire life, Dane faces not only internal challenges to his deepest held beliefs, but those external and involving the long-term destiny of mankind-if only he can survive. Deceived, imprisoned, tortured, and now a murderer himself, Dane must not only break down the walls that have kept him alone in the world, but those imposed upon the people through an oppressive centralized government, a government putting its own desires above those of its people.

Genre: Science Fiction

Used availability for James E Gunn's This Fortress World

Hardback Editions

May 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): Gunn James
ISBN: 1-60459-732-1 / 978-1-60459-732-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fantastic Books
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Paperback Editions

April 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James Gunn
ISBN: 0-425-03881-5 / 978-0-425-03881-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 1977 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Fortress World (Sphere science fiction)
Author(s): James E Gunn
ISBN: 0-7221-4145-9 / 978-0-7221-4145-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James Gunn
ISBN: 1-5226-9785-3 / 978-1-5226-9785-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James E Gunn
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James E Gunn
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James E Gunn
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Fortress World
Author(s): James E Gunn
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK