Re, Colonised Planet 5 : Personal, Psychological, Historical Documents Relating to Visit by Johor (George Sherban) Emissary (grade 9) 87th of the Period of the Last Days

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This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta-clearly the planet Earth-to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1981, ©1979.
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed.
ISBN: 9780394749778
Branch Call Number: FIC LESS
Characteristics: x, 364 pages ; 20 cm.


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Jul 29, 2017

This is a very important book. Lessing realized in the 80s, and probably earlier, that ETs lived among us and had done so for millenia, influencing human evolution in many ways. This novel is fearless historical fiction, done at a time when these ideas were entirely taboo.


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