Ancient of Days

 

Told in the first-person narrative of Paul Loyd, divorced owner of a small town restaurant, Ancient of Days tells the story of a habiline man found wandering in a Georgia pecan orchard, a living descendant of a habiline tribe brought from Africa via Haiti as a slave.  Paul's ex-wife, Ruth-Claire, takes in the living fossil, appropriately naming him Adam, and as an artist she discovers Adam's mute but vibrant artistic sensibility, falls in love with him, and marries him -- much to Paul's confusion and dismay.
[From the flyleaf of the Arbor House edition]

Dedication:
For David Hartwell, who has ridden to the rescue more times than the U. S. cavalry.

 
Ancient of Days, First Edition / Christopher Zacharow New York: Arbor House
[ISBN 0-87795-724-8] [hc] ($16.95),
Aug 1985; 354 pp.
[cover: Christopher Zacharow]


Ancient of Days, Book Club Edition / Christopher Zacharow New York: Arbor House
[book club edition published by Doubleday]
[no ISBN] [hc] ($7.98),
Nov 1985; 337 pp.
[cover: Christopher Zacharow]
Ancient of Days, First PB Edition / Christopher Zacharow New York: Tor [Tom Doherty Associates]
[ISBN 0-812-53197-3] [pb] ($3.95),
Sep 1986; 409 pp.
[cover: Christopher Zacharow]
Ancient of Days, First British Edition / Peter Knock London: Paladin [Grafton]
[ISBN 0-586-08618-8] [trade pb] (£4.95),
Nov 1987; 368 pp.
[cover: Peter Knock]
Ancient of Days, US Trade PB Edition New York: Orb [Tom Doherty Associates]
[ISBN 0-312-89027-3] [trade pb] ($13.95),
Feb 1995; 354 pp.
[cover: not credited]

[Note: a photographic reprint of the Arbor House edition]

Ancient of Days, First Spanish Edition / Jordi Sābat [as El Eslabón Perdido]
[Spanish translation by José Manuel Pomares]

Barcelona: Grijalbo
[ISBN 84-253-2672-9] [trade pb] (2788 pta),
Feb 1995; 449 pp.
[cover: Jordi Sàbat]

Ancient of Days, 1st German Edition / Attila Boros [as Das Herz eines Helden]
[German translation by Christian Mahr]

Munich: Heyne (#5967)
[ISBN 3-453-13990-9] [pb] (DM 16,90),
Jun 1998; 507pp.
[cover: Attila Boros]

Ancient of Days, SF Gateway Ebook Edition London: Gateway / Orion
[ISBN 978-0-575-12299-4] [ebook] (Ģ2.99),
Nov 2012
Ancient of Days, Fairwood Press, Trade PB Edition Bonney Lake WA: Fairwood Press
[ISBN 978-1-933846-39-2] [trade pb] ($18.99),
Sep 2013; 328 pp.
[cover: Paul Swenson]
Ancient of Days, Gateway Essentials Ebook Edition London: Gateway / Orion [Gateway Essentials]
[ISBN 978-0-575-12299-4] [ebook] (Ģ2.99),
Jun 2016

 
Notes:

Ancient of Days incorporates the novella "Her Habiline Husband" as Part One.  Parts Two and Three are respectively titled "His Heroic Heart" and "Heritor's Home"



Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins