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Information on all seven books in Piers Anthony novel Split Infinity/The Blue Adept.

Photon a technological decadent world where rich (Citizens) live above the rules, and the serfs work and play the Games, hoping one day to be Citizens themselves. People live in Dome while the world outside is barren and dead.

Phaze is a magical world where Adepts rule by fear and magic, and tribes of enchanted creatures exist, such as unicorns, werewolves, vampires and more. They also exists the Oracle, a device with will answer only one question to anyone. Most magic is restricted to the Adepts (Magic Users) and each spell can only be used once.

Though different, the worlds are mirror images, what happens will happen to the other, or an imbalance will occur.

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Citizens: The only people allowed to wear clothes, and they are some of the riches people in the galaxy. They control the protonite, which allows space to travel in space and the main power source for robots.

Serfs: They are not allowed to wear clothes. A Citizen can do just about anything to a serf he or she wishes. Serfs can serve a maximum of 20 in Photon. Within this time a Citizen must employ them, with a 10 day grace period between jobs or they are deported. If they wish to stay longer they can enter the Game.

The Game: The most common past time on Photon, games are chosen from a grid based on Physical skills or Mental skills or Chance or Art vs. either Naked, Tool, Machine, or Animal assisted games. Each player picks a category from one of the sides. Once this is done, more sub-menus appear until a game is selected. Each age has a Ladder, which is also separated into sexes, i.e. a 32 year old male would be in Ladder 32M. There is also the Leftover Ladder, the under aged, over aged, aliens, and the handicap. The top 5 of each ladder may enter the Tournament and the winner of the Tournament will become a Citizen. The Tournament is double elimination so a good player is removed by a game of chance.

Double Exposure

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  • The Apprentice Adept: Split Infinity, Blue Adept, Juxtaposition\ (1986) - Piers Anthony

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Double Exposure represents the first three books in a single volume. Split Infinity, Blue Adept, and Juxtaposition

Cover: Victoria Poyser
The Game-champion serf Stile is assaulted on Proton by an unknown enemy, but learns he can escape into a mysterious fantasy world (Phaze). In Phaze he meets Neysa, a unicorn, and learns of his magical legacy as the Blue Adept. Back in Proton he tries to uncover his enemy, while building a relationship with his robot lover, Sheen.

Stile has gained significant power in Phaze as the Blue Adept, whose songs and poems hold incredible power. However, on Proton he faces deportation and enters the tournament in the hope of gaining citizenship. His adversary is revealed to be the amulet-making Red Adept, who exists in Proton as a serf in the Tourney. Stile defeats her in combat in Phaze and in the Tourney on Proton, leading to her expulsion from both worlds.

Years of mining for the high-energy mineral "Protonite" has left an imbalance between Proton and its sister world, Phaze. To restore the balance, Citizen/Adept Stile must juxtapose the frames and transfer "Phazeite" from Phaze to Proton, or the two worlds will both be destroyed. However, he faces resistance from the Contrary Citizens and Adverse Adepts who stand to lose considerable power if he is successful.

Split Infinity

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Split Infinity: Stile, a simple serf is the target of an assassin. He escapes and finds himself in the magical world of Phaze, where some is still trying to kill him. He meets and befriends a Unicorn, after she almost kills him. Stile learns of Phaze and that his duplicate, Blue, was recently killed. Stile and Neysa visit the Adepts to see who killed Blue and is trying to kill Stile. He also tried to figure out who is trying to kill him on Photon.

Stile: A serf, companion jockey, and Master Gamesman on the 35M Ladder who was commonly underestimated because of his small stature. A laser injured his knees, and he lost his job to the Citizen trying to hide from the assassin. Also he rejected a job from a new Citizen (who wanted to make him a cyborg) and he had to avoid his assassins as well. He hides in Phaze where he is nearly killed again. Loves horses, there he loved unicorns more. He befriends a unicorn names Neysa. Stile discovers he can do magic by playing magic. Stile learns about magic, his duplicate the Adept Blue, and about the other Adepts, one of which is trying to kill him. He returns to Photon where he is forced to enter the Tournament 2 years earlier to protect him from the Citizen who is trying to kill him. Stile must challenge a lot people to raise to the 5th slot in his ladder to enter the Tournament. He becomes the new Blue Adept. His oath of friendship to Neysa was so strong, the included the unicorns and werewolves that were present, thereby ending the war between the two tribes.

Sheen: A self-willed robot who was sent to fall in love with Stile and protect him.

Neysa: A black unicorn with white socks, her horn is a harmonica and her forms are human and a firefly. Her brother is Chip. An outcast for having horse colors and being small. Befriend Stile.

Chip: a dark blue unicorn with red socks, his horn is a saxophone, and his forms are a human and a hawk. His sister is Neysa.

Kurrelgyre: Werewolf Pack Leader, former outcast. Friend of Stile after he figured out the Oracle message to Kurrelgyre.

Adept Yellow: An old women who uses potions to appear young. She captures wild and magical animals to sell to other Adepts. Sort of became Stile friend.

Hulk: a former serf and friend of Stile. He was on the 6th rung of the 35M ladder and Stile beat him in a Marathon race. They became friends when they were a lot a like, even though the appeared totally different, with Hulk being huge and muscle bound. Stile told him about Phaze, were he played the dumb ogre friend of Blue.

Lady Blue: Widow of the Blue Adept. Has the healing touch. Rejects Stile but she needs him to be the Blue Adept.

Herd Stallion: a golden headed unicorn with a gray body, a silver mane and tail and black socks, and he can change into a man and a small dragon.

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  • 1981 - Split Infinity Locus Poll Award, Best Fantasy Novel (Place: 6)

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Blue Adept


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Cover: Rowena Morrill Cover: Rowena Morrill

Blue Adept: Stile has gained significant power in Phaze as the Blue Adept, whose songs and poems hold incredible power. However, on Proton he faces deportation and enters the tournament in the hope of gaining citizenship. His adversary is revealed to be the amulet-making Red Adept, who exists in Proton as a serf in the Tourney. Stile defeats her in combat in Phaze and in the Tourney on Proton, leading to her expulsion from both worlds.

Stile needs Neysa to protect him, yet the Herd Stallion wants to breed with her now that she is important. The past of Lady Blue and the Blue Adept, involving fantastic horses, ice demons and how Blue first used his powers. Stile enters the Tournament with 400 Citizens, 600 Serfs and 24 Aliens; Stile deals with the Platinum Elves. Stile meets many of the other Adepts. Lady Blue admits her love for Stile and they marry.

Stile: Challenges the Herd Stallion to hold off breeding with Neysa, they are to meet in the UnOlympics. Retrieved the Platinum Flute on loan and learns of its amazing powers. Stile also enters the Tournament for Citizenship.

Neysa: Now that she is the companion of an Adept, the Herd Stallion wants to breed with her, but Stile is still in danger and she doesn't want to leave him. Enters the Unolympics in the dance competition with her brother Chip, but loses to Belle and her brother.

Hulk: Uses his one question to the Oracle for Stile and befriends a vampire; Finds out about the Platinum Flute. He visits the double of Lady Blue in Photon, but the meeting turns out tragic.

The Rifleman: a Citizen who earns his place in the Tournaments 15 previously by shooting target ducks. Stile first challenge in the Tournament. Lost to Stile in a game of Cyborg Football by luck. The Rifleman was also to help find out who is after Stile, when he couldn't he told him about the fate of his friend Hulk and Bluette.

Vodlevile Vampire: Friend of Hulk and of Stile for helping his son with his blood problems.

Red Adept: Was told by the Oracle that "Blue destroys Red". So she went after Blue, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy. She had her double in Photon killed, but not before being disowned. She had to earn her Citizenship at the Tournament as well. She tries to kill Stile in both planes, including planting a Basilisk amulet on him preventing him from covering over. She lost to Blue because she couldn't fight her own nature.

Brown Adept: A lonely young girl who befriends Stile and the Unicorns.

Clef: Stile second challenge in the Tournament. The finest musician on the planet. The first round was a draw, but lost to Stile, even though Clef played better. Stile sent him to Phaze with the Platinum Flute to fulfill a prophecy.

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Juxtaposition


Cover: Laurence Schwinger Cover: Tim White

Juxaposition: Years of mining for the high-energy mineral "Protonite" has left an imbalance between Proton and its sister world, Phaze. To restore the balance, Citizen/Adept Stile must juxtapose the frames and transfer "Phazeite" from Phaze to Proton, or the two worlds will both be destroyed. However, he faces resistance from the Contrary Citizens and Adverse Adepts who stand to lose considerable power if he is successful.

Clef is lead to the Platinum Elves by the Werewolf Serrilryan, who is destined to die; Stile continues with the Tournament and wins. Someone is altering the messages of the Oracle and the denizens of Phaze begin to attack Stile. The secret of who delivered Sheen to Stile is revealed. Chip is kidnapped and mutilated. The killer of Blue is revealed, and it was not the Red Adept. Citizens and Adepts try to stop Stile from saving Photon and Phaze. The worlds merge and chaos happens. Stile and his allies battle the Adepts, the Citizens and their troops to save both worlds.

Stile: Stile becomes a Citizen and now must enter a different game with higher stakes. To survive he must increase his holdings 100 fold in six month. Stile marries the Lady Blue and they plan to honeymoon on the West Pole but are hindered by his fellow Adepts as well as the creatures of Phaze. On Photon, killers, Citizens and serfs are after Stile. Stile saves Photon and Phaze.

Freezetooth: Snow Chief of the Snow Demon, in love with a Fire Spirit.

Trool: The lone troll to survive the Blue Adept slaughter of his people. Rescues Stile on three different occasions. An outcast, he used his troll magic to sculpt. Troll befriends Stile and is made the Red Adept.

Sheen: Helps Stile succeed in Photon. Married to Stile and declared his heir. The secret of the self-willed machines is revealed to the public.

Merle aka Blackbird: A Citizen who challenges Stile and plans to win, him.

Chip: Betrayed by the filly he loves. He was captured by the Adepts, and his socks and horn delivered to Blue.

Herd Stallion: Become Stile's steed to rescue Chip. He learns a fourth form.

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Out of Phaze


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Cover: Darrell Sweet Cover: Chris Achilleos Cover: Chris Achilleos
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Out of Phaze: Out of Phaze is about the early adventures of Mach and Bane. Mach is the robotic son of the original Blue Adept/Sheen from Proton and Bane the son of Stile/Lady Blue from Phaze. Out of Phaze is about the early adventures of Mach and Bane. Mach is the robotic son of the original Blue Adept/Sheen from Proton and Bane the son of Stile/Lady Blue from Phaze. The two discover that they have the ability to switch frames, but have difficulty switching back. Both fall in love with people from the other frame: Mach with Fleta, the daughter of Neysa the unicorn, and Bane with Agape, an amorphous alien.

The two discover that they have the ability to switch frames, but have difficulty switching back. Both fall in love with people from the other frame: Mach with Fleta, the daughter of Neysa the unicorn, and Bane with Agape, an amorphous alien.

Blue set up an experimental dome where humans, robots, androids, cyborgs and aliens live together. The Contrary Citizens and Adverse Adepts find out about Mach and Bane being able to communicate and switch across the worlds.

Mach: The robot son of Blue and Sheen. Crafted as a baby and 'grew' like a normal child, given a new body in stages. Mach joins the Adverse Adepts.

Agape: Alien Amoeba who came to learn about Phaze.

Bane: Adept son of Stile and Lady Blue.

Fleta: Daughter of Neysa and the Herd Stallion. A black Unicorn with golden socks, that changes into a human and hummingbird. Her instrument is a horn. Nearly killed herself for love, but Mach's love saved her.

Citizen Blue: Created Experimental Culture Program which the Contrary Citizens oppose.

Vidselud: son of Voldevile; Vampire with a blood disease.

Suchevane: Lonely female Vamp. Has had Vampire, Werewolf, Unicorn, and Human lovers, including Bane, but still looking for love.

Chip: Now the Herd Stallion, with Belle as his First Mare.

Phoebe: Harpy exiles cause of tail feather itch. Cured by Fleta and friends her. Becomes the leader of the Harpies.

Citizen/Adept Purple: Most ruthless of the Contrary Citizens and Adverse Adepts.

Citizen/Adept Tan: Son of Tan, and twin brother of Tania.

Tania: Daughter of Tan, and twin sister of Adept Tan.

Red Adept: Trool now the Red Adept with the aid of the Book of Magic.

Adept Transparent: Son of Transparent. The only honorable member of the Adverse Adepts.

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Robot Adept


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Robot Adept: Conflict arises between Mach and Bane due to their individual honors. Mach allies himself with the Adverse Adepts/Contrary Citizens due to the denial of his "forbidden relationship" with Fleta in Out of Phaze. Mach learns magic from the book-of-magic to become the robot adept. In the end, Mach and Bane have a contest across the frames, and Mach wins, putting both Mach and Bane on the side of the Adverse Adepts/Contrary Citizens.

Mach and Bane's are crossing over the dimensions helping the Adverse Adepts and the Contrary Citizens, but it is causing an imbalance. Bane and Mach battle to see which side will controls them both.

Bane: With the Adverse Adepts and the Contrary Citizens. For a new challenge, he is to be trained by the Oracle. Plans to have a child with Agape. Bane lost the challenge and must now work for the Contrary Citizens.

Agape: Hiding as an employee of Tan as Agee. Exchanges with Fleta. Lost the Tourney to a Citizen and was exiled, but allowed to return so Bane and Mach would have a new challenge. Plans to make a child with a robot body and a piece of Agape as her brain, to be named Nepe (baNE+agaPE).

Mach: With the Adverse Adepts and the Contrary Citizens. Hiding as an employee of Tan as Mac. Escapes to Moeba and learns more about Agape's race. For a new challenge, he is to be trained by the Book of Magic. Going to have child with Fleta. Mach won the challenge and must now work for the Adverse Adepts.

Fleta: Exchanges with Agape. Entered into the Tourney to keep Agape safe from the Citizens in the Leftover Ladder. Plans to have child with Mach named Flach (FLeta+mACH)

Tania: of Photon. Employee of her brother Citizen Tan.

Citizen Tan: real name Tannu. Likes to use Evil Eye on women

Tania: of Phaze. She likes to use Evil Eye to torment and kill animals. Possesses a magic paddle for the challenge, which Mach must charm off her, with Fleta watching.

Troll: loves the Vampire Suchevane; Agape gets them together.

Citizen Purple: Tried to get Fleta in the Tournament but she won anyway.

Icebeard: chief of the White Mountain Clan of snow demons. Would train Mach in Chess but only if the opposing Adept Stile plays him.

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Unicorn Point


Cover: Darrell Sweet Cover: Christos Achilleros

Unicorn Point: This book chronicles the adventures of the children of Mach/Fleta (Flach) and Bane/Agape (Nepe). Each has powers derived from both their parents.

The children of Mach and Bane can communicate across the frames as well. They hide from their families so they won't be used as well. The Adverse Adepts and the Contrary Citizens pull no punches in trying to find them. Another contest is being help to decide who controls the Oracle and the book-of-magic, and the fate of Flach and Nepe. *note spoiler space below, may want to skip, especially to keep the end a secret*

Mach: the Robot Adept is the most powerful Adept, being trained with the book-of-magic. Fears his son is retard. He still serves the Adverse Adepts, alternating with Bane, but his sympathies are with Stile. Breaks off with Adverse Adapts when his son disappears.

Flech aka Balemosi: Son of Mach and Fleta. His unicorn form is black with blue socks and his horn is a wooden flute, he could change into almost anything. Feared to be retarded because he lacked a third form, but instead he was secretly trained by his grandfather Stile to change into many forms. He can talk to Nepe across the frames. He disappears with the help of his grandfather, breaks off contact for years. He hides with Kurrelgyre's werewolves as Barel, with his oath friends Forelmo, Terel, and Siremoba, who is descendant of the bitch Serrilryan.

Siremoba: Oath friend of Balemosi. Along with Forelmo and Terel, she was sent to capture the goblin flag.

Sheen: Battles Purple in a contest of Dueling Dragons.

Bane: He also considers his child retarded. He still serves the Contrary Citizens, alternating with Mach, but his sympathies are with Blue. Breaks off with Contrary Citizens when daughter disappears.

Nepe: Daughter of Bane and Agape. She can talk to Flech across the Frames. She disappears with the help of her grandfather, breaks off contact for years.

Al/Alien: Son of Troll and Suchevane the vampire.

'Corn/Unicorn: Son of Citizen Troal and Batgirl; His father is an ally of Blue.

Agnes/Nessie: Servant to Blue, secret Teacher to Nepe and also her grandmother.

Transparent Adept: Nearly drowned the unicorns and destroyed their pastures looking for Flech.

Adept Tania: Fell in love with Mach as she tried to seduce him. Traveled with Bane for months searching for Flech, and becomes friends with Fleta. She switched sides and defeated her brother.

Tania: Fell in love with Bane as she tried to seduce him. She switches sides.

Tsetse: The new receptionist for Tan. Had a liaison with Citizen Purple against Tania's orders (set up by Troubot).

Troubot I: a non-humanoid looking renegade robot, who became the servant of Citizen White, and later he became the Trouble Shooting robot of the Purple Adept. Helped hide Nepe, who assisted him from being recycled (He was built too well). Entered the Game verse Citizen Transparent, climbing a glass mountain with water bombs.

Phoebe Harpy: Friend of Mach and leader of the Harpys. She was forced to battle the vampire on the side of the Adverse Adepts.

Vodlevile Vampire: Friend of Hulk and of Stile; lead the battle verse the harpies with his son Vidselud.

Merle aka Blackbird: Citizen and ally of Stile. Raised chickens who were not what they seemed.

Chip: lead the Unicorn verses the Ogres, with Fleta, Neysa and Belle at his side. They found a secret weapon to use against the ogres.

Citizen Tan: Played against Agape in surrogate sex, as revenge for what she did to him. Along with Purple plotted against the others, including Transparent.

Clef: Returns to Photon to play the Platinum Flute on Phaze.

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Phaze Doubt


Cover: Darrell K. Sweet Cover: Darrell K. Sweet
Maps (Phaze Doubt) (1987)
interior artwork by
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The bug-eyed monsters (BEMs) attempt to take over Phaze. Lysander, an alien mind in a human body, is sent to infiltrate the Phaze/Proton resistance but finds that a prophecy makes him the key player in the planets defence, though his loyalty remains with the BEMs.

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