Author: Philip Jose Farmer
Title: The World of Tiers, Volume I.
Publisher: Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
Copyright: 1965, 1966.
Overview and Impressions:
I found this book at a used bookstore. Its a collection of novellas. The first one is called The Maker of Universes. It's about a Lord, a godlike creator of private universes. The main character, Robert Wolff, turns out to be a Lord who was exiled to Earth. He regains his memory and seeks revenge against an Lord who took over one his private worlds with help from some of the locals who have been turned into animal-experiments. The second novellas is called The Gates of Creation. Wolff is forced to confront his father and renegade sister who want to kill him. They've captured Chryseis, Wolff's lover, and set a trap for him on a water world in his father's universe. How Wolff rescues Chryseis is the tale of the second story.
Farmer's writing held my interest. I hadn't read any of his work in a long time. I wanted to see what it was like. It's aged well in the fifty years in which it was written. Recommended.