Transfigurations

 

In a clearing of the great forest of the planet Bosk Veld, a strange, ape-like species of alien, the Asadi, act out their almost-imcomprehensible rituals, rainbow eyes flashing, spinning like pinwheels.  Egon Chaney, in his anthropological study, "Death and Designation Among the Asadi" has shown how their life-style has apparently degenerated from a level of complex technnological sophistication and devolved to a primal simplicity.  Long after his disappearence in the forest his daughter, Elegy Cather, comes to Bosk Veld to carry on his studies of the Asadi where he left off.  With her is an intelligent ape, Kretzoi, physically adapted to resemble the aliens.  Together with Thomas Benedict, Chaney's old partner, Elegy begins to unravel the enigma of the Asadi.  As Kretzoi insinuates himself into their rituals, so we are drawn into what is perhaps the most convincing portrayal of the alien yet.
[From the flyleaf of the Gollancz edition]

Dedication:
For Ian Watson

 
Transfigurations, First Edition / Mike Hinge New York: Berkley/Putnam
[ISBN 0-399-12379-2] [hc] ($10.95),
Oct 1979; 362 pp.
[cover: Mike Hinge]
Transfigurations, Book Club Edition / Mike Hinge New York: Berkley/Putnam
[book club edition published by Doubleday]
[no ISBN] [hc] ($3.50),
Jan 1980; 311 pp.
[cover: Mike Hinge]
Transfigurations, First British Edition London: Gollancz
[ISBN 0-575-02833-5] [hc] (£6.95),
May 1980; 362 pp.
[no cover art]

[Note: a photographic reprint of the Berkley/Putnam first edition]

Transfigurations, First Paperback Edition / John Gampert

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New York: Berkley
[ISBN 0-425-04696-6] [pb] ($2.25),
Dec 1980; 311 pp.
[cover: John Gampert]
 
Transfigurations, First Japanese Edition [as Jukai densetsu]
[Japanese translation by Hisashi Asakura]

Tokyo: Shueisha
[ISBN 4-08-773059-X] [hc] (1700 Yen),
Oct 1984; 334 pp.
[cover: unidentified]

 
Transfigurations, First Italian Edition / Paul Lehr [as Il segreto degli Asadi]
[Italian translation by Annarita Guarnieri]

Milan: Editrice Nord (Cosmo Argento #170)
[No ISBN] [trade pb] (Lire 25000),
Sep 1986; 344 pp.
[cover: Paul Lehr; introduction: Piergiorgio Nicolazzini]

Transfigurationen, First German Edition / Klaus Holitzka [as Transfigurationen]
[German translation by Walter Brumm]

Munich: Heyne (#4331)
[ISBN 3-453-31324-0] [pb] (DM 9.80),
Oct 1986; 426 pp.
[cover: Klaus Holitzka; illustrations by Klaus D. Schiemann]

Transfigurations, Second Italian Edition / Peter Jones [as Il segreto degli Asadi]
[Italian translation by Annarita Guarnieri]

Milan: Editrice Nord (Tascabili Fantascienza #27)
[ISBN 88-429-0818-5] [trade pb] (Lire 12000),
Mar 1995; 344 pp.
[cover: Peter Jones]

Transfigurations, Gollance SF Masterworks Edition London: Gollancz [SF Masterworks]
[ISBN 978-0-575-09309-6] [trade pb] (9.99),
[ISBN 978-0-575-09310-2] (ebook) (4.49),
Nov 2013; 368 pp.
[cover: Vincent Chong]

 
Notes:

Transfigurations incorporates the previously published novella "Death and Designation Among the Asadi"



Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins