|Corgi paperback, 1977. Cover painting by Peter Jones.|
"HERBIVORE - one who eats only vegetables.
CARNIVORE - one who lives by blood and flesh.
OMNIVORE - who feeds on all things to sustain life...
And so there were three; all human, all held together by a triangle of indeterminate love - the man of brawn, the cripple, and the woman.
They were scientists on a troubleshooting expedition to the planet Nacre, the silent, dusky planet of multiform mushrooms and spore-clouds, where eighteen had died or disappeared before them. The trio were there to explore, to discover, to record, not really afraid, but then, not really prepared for the awesomeness of Nacre's mystical third kingdom of fungi."