Dark Is the Sun

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Dark Is the Sun
Author Philip Jose Farmer
Cover artist Darrell Sweet
Country United States
Language English
Genre science fiction Novel
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date
Media type Print Hardcover, Paperback
Pages 405
ISBN 0-345-27684-1
OCLC 4908137

Dark Is The Sun is a science fiction novel by Philip José Farmer, first published in 1979. It tells the story of the people and creatures left on Earth when the Sun is dead and the universe is heading towards the Big Crunch.


By the year 15 billion AD, Earth's species have evolved to the point of being super selected to a purpose. Every form has a sentient representative: animal, plant, and mineral. Pairing of humans is controlled by the use of "Soul Eggs" which are given shortly after birth, worn from the neck and when held up to another belonging to a potential mate will sync in pattern and color to approve marriage. Many times through Earth's existence it faced its end, but each time this event occurred, humanity was at a high point in intelligence and was able to rescue Earth from annihilation. When the sun died, they ignited the moon, when it died they moved the Earth to safety but not this time. This time it occurs during a low point in man's intellectual/knowledgeable progression.

The story opens with Deyv being forced to leave his tribe, the Turtle Tribe, because he cannot find a mate. After leaving his tribe to find a possible mate from a distant tribe, Deyv runs into trouble and ends up meeting the plant-man Sloosh and the feisty Vana. It is revealed that all three have had their Soul Eggs stolen by the fox-like Yawtl, and they begin a mission to track their Soul Eggs down and recover them.


Thomas M. Disch found himself unable to finish reading the novel, describing it as "meant for speed readers whose high-speed attention will construct from the asphalt of the prose a world of low resolution and high escapist involvement; not a novel but a daydream in remedial-reading."[1]