Veg, Cal, and Aquilon - two men and one woman - roamed the alternate dimensions of space and
time accompanied by the mantas, strange flying aliens, half animal, half fungus, with the keenest senses of any creature in the universe.
But now, even the mantas were threatened in the hostile world dominated by savage robot machines. Trapped in an alternative dimension, the group's only hope of escape lay with the being they called OX - an amorphous, telepathic pattern of energy whose infinite power could destroy as easily as deliver...
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born 1934) is an English American author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover.
Of Man and Manta consists of three primary books, and includes one additional book that complement the series but is not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.