THE EDITOR'S PREFACE:
characters in strange new environments just to see their reactions,
Farmer used many different settings to examine humans and their
humanity. While he was a master of imagining xenobiology, he usually
did so to study the contrast with our own sociobiology...
...A common element in these stories is the juxtaposition of the
mundane human element with the fantastic, and seeing where the two lead
us. Accordingly, "Of Dust and Soul" encapsulates the twin themes you
will find running throughout this book: "Dust" represents both Earth,
and the seeming inevitability of human mortality, whereas "Soul"
represents the possibility of a more satisfying outcome.