And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees


Michael Bishop's And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees projects twelve thousand years into the future on the island of Ongladred, where mankind has survived two enigmatic, civilization-destroying setbacks.  Now a third holocaust is anticipated by the people of Ongladred.  They fear destruction from invading barbarians of the Angromain Archipelagoes, the reappearance of a semi-mythical sea creature, and the devious intervention of the neo-human Parfects

The imminent disaster is very much the concern of Ingram Marley, a government spy sent to keep surveillance over Stonelore, a secluded haven and the center of free thought on Ongladred, and Gabriel Elk, Stonelore's master and resident genius.  While panic and fear rage outside, deep inside Stonelore the mysteries of life are pursued -- reanimation of the dead, the invention of powerful laser weapons, and the secrets of "old earth" knowledge.  Amidst harrowing dangers of sea battles and land invasions, Bishop explores the transformation of Ingram Marley, a man caught in the middle.
[From the flyleaf of the Harper & Row edition]

To Jeri

And strange at Ecbatan the trees
Take leaf by leaf the evening strange
Archibald MacLeish [from "You, Andrew Marvel"]

And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees, First Edition / Jonathan Weld New York: Harper & Row
[ISBN 0-06-010352-3] [hc] ($7.95),
Mar 1976; 154 pp.
[cover: Jonathan Weld]
Beneath the Shattered Moons, First Paperback Edition / H. R. Van Dongen [as Beneath the Shattered Moons]

New York: DAW Books UW1305 [#246]
[ISBN 0-87997-305-6] [pb] ($1.50),
Jun 1977; 189 pp.
[cover: H. R. Van Dongen]
Beneath the Shattered Moons, First British Edition / Fred Gambino [as Beneath the Shattered Moons]

London: Sphere
[ISBN 0-7221-1682-9] [pb] (95p),
Sep 1978; 221 pp.
[cover: Fred Gambino]


Die seltsamen Bäume von Ectaban, 1st German Edition / Emlyn Duffy [as Die seltsamen Bäume von Ectaban]
[German translation by Elisabeth Simon]

Munich: Heyne (#3610)
[ISBN 3-45330517-5] [pb] (DM 3.80),
1978; 124 pp.
[cover: Emlyn Duffy]

And Strange At Ecbatan / Paperback Reprint / Brian Waugh New York: Tor [Tom Doherty Associates]
[Tor Double Novel #16]
[ISBN 0-812-55964-9] [pb] ($3.50),
Jan 1990


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    [by Michael Bishop]; 133 pp. [cover: Brian Waugh]
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    [by James Tiptree, Jr.]; 76 pp. [cover: David Archer]
Beneath the Shattered Moons, Gateway Ebook Edition [as Beneath the Shattered Moons]

London: Gateway/Orion
[ISBN 978-0-575-12292-5] [ebook] (£2.99),
Dec 2012
The Sacerdotal Owl and Three Other Long Tales, First Edition [included in The Sacerdotal Owl and Three Other Long Tales]

Bonney Lake WA: Kudzu Planet Productions / Fairwood Press
[ISBN 978-1-933846-72-9] [trade paperback] ($17.99); [ebook] ($5.99)
Aug 2018; pp. 53 - 147
[cover: Patrick Swenson]

Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins