Downward To The Earth Author:Robert Silverberg The planet Belzego was alien in the extreme. Before the decolonization movement, it had been part of Earth's empire. But the Nildoror and Sulidoror, Belzegor's two intelligent species, once again ruled themselves. How could such creatures, without any technology to speak of, run an entire planet? Yet they did, and they had one thing that had alw... more »ays eluded human understanding-- the ceremony of rebirth. Somehow, this mysterious rite linked the two species.
Edmund Gundersen, a former colonial offical, was returning to Belzagor after an eight year absence. During an emergency, he commandeered a group of Nildoror for a labor detail and forced them to miss their rebirth. To atone for this deed, Gundersen had decided to journey through Belzagor's jungles and offer himself as a candidate for rebirth-- even if it would mean the end of his life as a human.« less