The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld Saga, Book 2) by Philip Jose Farmer
By Philip Jose Farmer
Resurrected at the lush, mysterious banks of Riverworld, besides the remainder of humanity, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) has a dream: to construct a riverboat that may rival the main fantastic paddle-wheelers ever navigated at the powerful Mississippi. Then, to lead it up the never-ending waterway that dominates his new domestic planet--and eventually detect its hidden source.But ahead of he can perform his plan, he first needs to adopt a deadly voyage to unearth a fallen meteor. This undertaking will require extraordinary an uneasy alliance with the bloodthirsty Viking Erik Bloodaxe, treacherous King John of britain, mythical French swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, Greek adventurer Odysseus, and the notorious Nazi Hermann G?ring. desirous about the aim of storming the ominous stone tower on the mouth of the river, the place the omnipotent overseers of Riverworld--and their secrets--lie in wait . . .
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He puffed on his cigar for a while and stared at the shore. Just before dusk, the ship had entered the area where the last of the intense heat from the meteorite had struck. Aside from the few irontrees, everything had been whistled off in a shock of searing flame. The irontrees had given up their huge leaves to the flames, and even the enormously resistant bark had burned off and the wood beneath, harder than granite, had become charred. Moreover, the blast had tilted or leveled many of these, snapping them off at the base.
I've thought for a long time that this world, and our resurrection, are not the work of supernatural beings," von Richthofen said. "Have you heard the wild tale that's been going up and down The River? There's a story that one man woke up before Resurrection Day and found himself in a very weird place. There were millions of bodies around him, floating in the air, nude men, women and children, their heads shaved, all slowly rotating under some invisible force. This man, an Englishman named Perkin, or Burton, some say, had died on Earth around 1890.
His eyes were blue; his eyebrows, shaggy; his nose, Roman. His hair was long and reddish brown. His face was innocent of the mustache that had been so well known during his terrestrial life. ) His chest was a sea of brown-red curly hair that lapped at the hollow of his throat. He wore only a knee-length white towel secured at the waist, a leather belt for holding weapons and the sheath for his telescope, and leather slippers. His skin was bronzed by the equatorial sun. He removed the telescope from his eye to look at the enemy ships trailing by a mile.