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Stephen Donaldson


Lord Foul's Bane
Year 1977
Publisher Fontana  (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
ISBN 0006152392



The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
Volume One

Cursed by a terrible disease, Thomas Covenant is an outcast in our world: shunned by his neighbours, pushed by loneliness to the edges of madness.

Suddenly he is transported to a mysterious and beautiful new world - the Land - where gentle people work magic with wood and stone, and the very earth and air bring healing.  Covenant is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour: his maimed hand and white-gold wedding ring mark him as a figure of power and sorcery, with a wild magic powerful against evil.

But Covenant does not believe that the Land is real and thus, he becomes the unwilling tool of the enemy who seeks to destroy it: Lord Foul the Despiser.

Three times, in their hour of greatest need, the peoples of the Land will summon him to their aid.  Three times, as their reluctant leader, he will fail them.

Only at the end, as a victorious Lord Foul prepares to devastate the Land and enslave its people forever, will Thomas Covenant call on the wild magic he alone can wield - for a last, epic battle with the forces of evil ...




'I am singularly impressed ... the writing has a sweep of grandeur, a depth that is seldom seen.'
Clifford D Simak

'Comparable to Tolkein at his best ... A remarkable achievement which will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics.  Donaldson has a vivid and unrestrained imagination ... he writes well and wields symbols powerfully.'
Washington Post



Volcanoes near Mexico City



Credit: NASA

Volcanic Duo
This 2003 photo from the International Space Station shows a pair of volcanoes in Mexico. As part of the “Ring of Fire” stretching around the Pacific, Mexico hosts several of the world’s most continually active volcanoes, including the massive Popocatepetl (Aztec for "smoking mountain") at left. The neighboring volcano is Iztaccíhuatl (the "Woman in White"). The faint plume emanating from Popocatepetl’s summit crater shows the ever-present hazard the volcano represents to the 25 million people living in the region, including the nearby city of Amecameca, as well as the metropolitan centers of Mexico City to the northwest and Puebla to the east.

NASA Image of the day archive





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