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Down (novel)

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Main character(s): Bernice Summerfield
Featuring: Mr Misnomer, Ash, Lucretia
Main enemy: The SSSSSSS, !X
Main setting: Tyler's Folly, 14 January 2593
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Lawrence Miles
Release details
Release number: 5
Release date: 2 September, 1997
Format: Paperback Book; 31 Chapters, 311 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20512-X
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Down was the fifth Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures novel. It featured a reappearance of the People, who were introduced in Ben Aaronovitch's The Also People.

Publisher's summary Edit

Mankind expects pain. However it seems to outsiders.

Tyler's Folly: a colony world on the unattractive side of Earthspace, a planet wracked by earthquakes and crawling with off-world bodysnatchers. When the local authorities pull a bedraggled Professor Bernice Summerfield out of the ocean in an off-limits 'quake zone, they naturally want to know what she is doing there... but the professor can only mumble something about woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers.

According to Bernice, the planet is hollow, its interior inhabited by warring tribes of cavemen and strangely unconvincing prehistoric monsters. Some dark and ancient god rules this underground kingdom -- albeit a dark and ancient god with a penchant for thirties pulp adventures and Saturday morning action serials.

Can Bernice's claims be true? Is Tyler's Folly really under threat from an ageless subterranean horror? And why does so much of her story revolve around the utterly amoral alien known as !X...?

Plot Edit

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Individuals Edit

  • !X (aka si!Xist-i!xatl-iVa!qara) is of the People, but he has removed himself from their society.

Law and order Edit

Locations Edit

Organisations Edit

Planets Edit

Psychology Edit

  • Teleportaphobia also known as "Molecular Vertigo" is described here as the fear of matter transmission. Specifically it is the psychological disorder that makes a person fear matter transmission as each time you are matter transported your body dies and another is re-created at the receiving end.

Species Edit

  • The Metatraxi are "famous" for eating their own parents.
  • Bernice has a Selachian palmtop.

Vehicles Edit

  • The SSSSSSS submarine uses warp drive but goes through oceans between planets instead of space.

Notes Edit

  • There is a web address ( listed in the introduction of Down which did contain background material to Down, but the link is no longer active and doesn't appear to be archived anywhere.
  • Down re-introduces the People. This includes Ben Aaronovitch's unique pronunciations for their names; a full explanation can be found in the introduction to The Also People.

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