The Stone God Awakens Author:Philip Jose Farmer He was only a twentieth-century scientist whose experiments with atomic stasis had "petrified" him. But when he was accidentally "unpetrified" millions of years later on a radically changed Earth, Ulysses Singing Bear was worshipped as a god by people no longer human. — To enable his species to survive, he had to find a human ... more »mate. To do so, and to fulfill the single condition set by his worshippers, he had to confront a far greater spirit -- the Tree, a vegetative devourer who reached from continent to continent to continent, from the heavens to hell.
It would have been an easy task for a god, but he was only a man -- and perhaps the only man at that.« less
The first Phil Farmer I ever read. I now have the first two editions from Ace. Interesting to see how the price goes up over the years. Exciting, far flung future kind of stuff here. I have read this book countless times as I have 'Dark is the Sun' another great Farmer book of the distant future. I don't think I could have shown the restraint that Ulysses Singing Bear shows. But it would be fun "inventing" all the things that were forgotten. I highly recommend it.
The "hero" wakes up 20 million years after having all of his molecules frozen during a bizarre experiment. He learns that the new sentient creatures of earth have been revering his petrified form as a god. He proceeds to teach the primitives how to blow things up and fight wars on a grand scale.
The future environment and proposed evolutionary developments are interesting but the main character is a warmongering jerk.