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The Word for World Is Forest

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{4.5/5} “Do men kill men, except in madness? Does any beast kill its own kind? Only the insects. These yumens kill us as lightly as we kill snakes. The one who taught me said they kill one another, in quarrels, and also in groups, like ants fighting.” The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula […]

Voices of Chaos: A Novel of StarBridge

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{4.5/5} “You were right, Khyriz. She did not seem alien to me, once we began to speak of dance. All those worlds out there — so many things to see….” Voices of Chaos: A Novel of StarBridge by A. C. Crispin & Ru Emerson, published in 1998 The CLS has found another new planet of […]

Ancestor’s World: A Novel of StarBridge

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{4.5/5} “The contracts Nordlund had signed with the Na-Dina promised enough hydroelectric power to double their world’s energy production.. That wold make possible more factories, more mills. Soon the Na-Dina would be able to build all the wonders the Infidels used so casually, and then the People would have no more need for the off-worlders.” […]

StarBridge 5: Silent Songs

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{4.5/5} “To the herd, the world consisted of warm water, easy travel, and good food. Through them, Jib had seen their River, traveled their ocean, tasted a hundred water plants, and and drunk the rich cream-laden milk of Taniwha’s mother. He’d wallowed in so many mental flavors, he had to be reminded to eat real […]

StarBridge 4: Serpent’s Gift

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{4.5/5} “‘I argued for her admission,’ Rob confessed, ‘because I was worried that if she didn’t find something challenging to do with her skills, this girl would get herself into serious trouble.’” StarBridge 4: Serpent’s Gift by A. C. Crispin with Deborah A. Marshall, published in 1992 The asteroid that StarBridge Academy is on was […]

StarBridge 3: Shadow World

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{4.5/5} “Interrelators study the laws, social customs, mores, taboos — all facets of the culture and the forces that shaped it. An interrelator’s goal is to be prepared to live on an alien world, as part of the diplomatic team. They learn to truly understand the point of view, the mind-set of another species.” StarBridge […]

StarBridge 2: Silent Dances

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{4.5/5} “Had he done the right thing in befriending the humans? Yes. He held in his feathered fingers proof that the humans were not just beings who could communicate, but rather fully intelligent people — the humans were capable of art.” StarBridge 2: Silent Dances by A. C. Crsipin & Kathleen O’Malley, published in 1990 […]

StarBridge

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{4.5/5} “Bringing young people of different species together, so that they may learn one another’s languages and customs, would be the best way to ensure understanding and communication in the future.” StarBridge by A. C. Crispin, published in 1989 Mahree is aboard a ship that detects a signal that turns out to be artificial in […]

Psychohistorical Crisis

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{4.5/5} “A good psychohistorian was as much a composer as he was a seer. Rigid musicians made bad music. Could Nejirt tell the difference between the traditions that actually buttressed the foundations of society and the thousands of trivial traditions, mere baroque decorations?” Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury, published in 2001 Eron Osa used to […]

Martians Abroad

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{3.5/5} “Maybe Earth wasn’t so bad after all, if it had horses. But I couldn’t think about anything without thinking about Stanton and what was going to happen next. Something was going to happen next.” Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn, published in 2016 Polly, a teenager on Mars, is sent by her mother to Galileo […]