Spider World: The Tower (1987) is Colin Wilson’s seventeenth novel (it was published a year before The Magician from Siberia (1988), but the latter had already appeared in print, albeit in shortened form, in a 1983 anthology). Tower, 398 pages long in the original English edition, consists of three parts, “The Desert”, “The Tower” and “The Fortress” (these parts came out as separate volumes in the USA in 1988-89). The novel is the first of a science fantasy quartet that, taken as a whole, constitutes Wilson’s fictional magnum opus, his most sustained and wide-ranging imaginative work and his fullest statement in novel form of his key ideas about humanity.
As Wilson recounts in his …
Tredell, Nicolas. "Spider World: the Tower". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2013
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