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OF GODS AND MENIt seemed like a good idea even a noble experiment but the outcome was destined to be a living hellBrothers Peter and Gunnar Balduin left the human hive of Atlanta for the distant planet of Trope on a special mission They were t This “anthropological SF” book has a somewhat confusing history In 1975 Michael Bishop published his debut A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire It didn’t sell well but Bishop continued writing – books like Catacomb Years and Transfigurations In 1978 David Hartwell of Pocket Books offered Bishop a contract to rewrite his first novel The result was published in 1980 as Eyes Of Fire with a cover almost identical to the first edition To make things even confusing in 1989 Kerosina Books published that new version under the exact same title as the debut something Bishop would have liked to have done in 1980 too but didn’t to avoid confusing potential readers In 2015 Kudzu Planet reprinted the 1980 version also as A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire yet again with another coverAll that explains why Goodreads at the moment still has just one entry for the two texts Both books differ tremendously however and the differences are chronicled uite detailed in the 1989 edition most explicitly in an afterword by Ian Watson as well as in the extensive foreword by Bishop himself Just to be clear Bishop prefers the second version he will not allow a reprint of the first bookThe differences are not a matter of rephrasing some sentences and the addition or subtraction of a few scenes This is not simply a director’s cut like Green Earth While the overall idea of the plot and the philosophical foundations of the story are or less the same the two protagonists have a very different relation to each other the aliens’ anatomy differs and the social reality on the planet were the bulk of the story is set is significantly different And while the debut had a first person narrator this is a third person narrative The fact that all names are changed too isn’t even that importantAnyhow it seems like Bishop took the basic ideas of his debut and wrote a whole new book Watson puts it like this The new novel is far disciplined and tauter; but where another writer might merely have pruned excesses Bishop has not merely reorchestrated but has written an entirely different symphony based on the same themes – and on several new onesJust to be clear I’ve read the 1989 edition and so this review can double as a review for 1980’s Eyes Of Fire too Please read the full review on Weighing A Pig

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A Funeral for the Eyes of FireThere were added complications For the Ouetmartsee with their strange brand of logic and reason decided to make one of the brothers a godA Funeral for the Eyes of Fire is a masterful science fiction epic by a formidable new talent Michael Bish I can see why he rewrote it

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kindle Ê A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire Ò Paperback read ¶ OF GODS AND MENIt seemed like a good idea even a noble experiment but the outcome was destined to be a living hellBrothers Peter and Gunnar Balduin left the human hive of Atlanta for the distant planet of Trope on a special mission They were to make contaO make contact with a tribe known as the Ouetmartsee and transport them to the new world of GlaparcaThe trouble was no one had told Peter and Gunnar that they were taking part in a particularly unpleasant form of slave trading And before long Full review First a preliminary note on the publication history I read the original unabridged 1975 edition However Michael Bishop “completely rewrote” the novel in 1980 according to ISFDB and his introduction to the later edition The 1980 rewrite—initially titled Eyes of Fire but later confusingly released under the original title A Funeral For the Eyes of Fire –was the one republished and recently available as an eBook through SF Gateway according to Bishop’s wishes I would prefer my readers if they are interested in the volume to not hesitate in snatching up the original I suspect both are worth readingFresh off Michael Bishop’s strangely wonderful And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees variant title Beneath the Shattered Moons 1976 I eagerly devoured his first published novel A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire 1975—and with this work bluntly put he enters my pantheon of favorite SF authors Bishop completely in command of his narrative weaves together a literary and anthropological tapestry filled with stories within stories and delicate interplay between these layersThe deceptively simple premise unfurls into a complex