I originally reda this novel in the late 70's and have been looking for the book for years! I couldn't remember the name of the novel or the author. I've been in sci-fi stores, quoted what I could remember from it, and recounted bits of its outre plot to the blank stares of sci-fi afficianados and store owners alike. Tonite I did another internet search (which I've done in the past) -- but tonight I finally found it!! Thanks for giving me a chance to read this novel again!!