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...?
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- Bernice Summerfield
- !X (aka si!Xist-i!xatl-iVa!qara)
- Kommander Ernst Katastrophen
- Lucretia Caroline Scannon
- Frans Nils Kryptosa
- The SSSSSSS
- Frans Nils Kryptosa is an explorer and archaeologist who wrote In Search of Ancient Mu and A Short Trip to the Centre of Creation.
- The SSSSSSS use at least 18 official hymns and the handbook Mein Pantz by Bernard Richtmanstances.
Law and order Edit
- As !X is not part of the People's society he is not bound by the Time Lord-People Treaty.
- !X and Fos!ca are of The People who live in the Worldsphere, both it and Tyler's Folly are examples of Dyson spheres.
- SSSSSSS stands for Stella Stora Sigma Schutz-Staffel SturmSoldaten. They are the most ineffective Nazi group since the Outer Hebridean National Party.
- Kryptosa was born on Ordifica.
- The Worldsphere is 17 galaxies from Dellah.
- The SSSSSSS' power base is a small sausage factory on Smarley's World.
- 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.
- There is a web address (www.ndirect.co.uk/shebeen) listed in the introduction of Down which did contain background material to Down, but the link is no longer active and doesn't appear to be archived anywhere.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.
- PROSE: The Also People introduced the People and was the first meeting between Bernice and the People.
- Ordifica is mentioned in PROSE: Ghost Devices and seen in PROSE: Interference - Book One.
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Down at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Down
- Down The Director's Cut by Lawrence Miles via Internet Archive - The Wayback Machine