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C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Warner Books
The Hugo Award-winning SF saga is now available in one complete trade paperback edition, containing Cyteen: The Betrayal, The Rebirth and The Vindication. "A psychological novel, a murder mystery and an examination of power on a grand scale, encompassing light years and outsize lifetimes".--Locus.

Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury William Morrow
Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.
Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.
Come and savor Ray Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

Dark Moon Defender
Sharon Shinn Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Ace Hardcover
In this story of hidden magic and forbidden love, the King's Rider Justin befriends Ellynor, a young novice at a convent-only to discover that she is a mystic being manipulated by the fanatical Daughters of the Pale Moon into hunting down and killing other mystics.

The Dark Tower
Stephen King Literature & Fiction Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy Donald M. Grant/Scribner
At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.
After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 non-series novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan ('Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.
In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese

The Day the Sun Stood Still
Poul Anderson, Gordon Dickson, Robert Silverberg Thomas Nelson

Dealing in Futures
Joe Haldeman Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy VIKING
This collection contains eleven of the author's finest stories, ranging from faraway planets beyond human comprehension to a nightmare future Earth. By the author of The Forever War.

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Hardcover
"One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence.

The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

A Deeper Sea
Alexander Jablokov Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy William Morrow & Co
When Ilya Stasov, a Russian scientist, begins experimenting with human-dolphin communication, human destiny is altered irrevocably as dolphins begin using Stasov's research to satisfy their own agenda.

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Romance Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Hardcover
The three-time Hugo Award-winning author continues her second trilogy in the "superior alien-contact series." (Kirkus Reviews)

National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh presents book two of her second Foreigner trilogy-the epic story of a single human delegate on a hostile alien planet.

In this long-awaited sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny...

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Hardcover
The odyssey continues-the epic tale of the survivors of a spacecraft that crash-landed on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. Now in the aftermath of a civil war, the world of the atevi is still perilously unstable. As atevi and humans seek to coexist in peace, the fragility of the situation worsens as the world of the atevi is further fragmented into different camps.

Demon Lord of Karanda
David Eddings Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Del Rey
In an adventurous sequel to THE MALLOREAN, David Eddings tells the story of King Garion's abducted infant son and his efforts to save him. Unfortunately, he and his friends are detained by the friendly, but determined Zakath, who refuses to let them leave. As a horde of demons ravage the Cities and a plague lets loose its terrors, Garion has little time left to reach his destination, or the kidnapper wins by default.

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Hardcover
The first book in the new Foreigner trilogy from the Hugo Award-winning author

C.J. Cherryh, one of the most prolific and acclaimed science fiction writers in the world, now delivers the seventh book in her Foreigner series and the first book in the new Foreigner trilogy-the epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey.

Dinotopia Lost
Alan Dean Foster Children's Books Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Turner Pub
A harrowing tale of suspense, surprise, courage and cooperation between creatures great and small, Dinotopia Lost boasts all the wonder and winning characters that have won Jim Gurney's books countless readers all over the world. On the eve of a once-in-a-lifetime typhoon, a band of marauding pirates are shipwrecked on Dinotopia in this riveting novel of high adventure.

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia
Ursula K. Le Guin Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Harper & Row Pub., NY
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick Subjects Paperview Ltd.

The Dosadi Experiment
Frank Herbert Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Tor Books
Beyond the God Wall

Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war-this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for Vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them . . .

Downbelow Station
C. J. Cherryh Subjects Daw Books
The Hugo Award-winning classic. Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between "The Company," whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location-on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter- makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence...

Anne McCaffrey Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Teens Atheneum
When his boy soprano voice begins to change, Piemur is drafted by Masterharper Robinton to help with political work and is sent on missions that lead him into unusual and sometimes dangerous adventures.

The Dragonriders of Pern
Anne McCaffrey Subjects Nelson Doubleday

The Drawing of the Three
Stephen King Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Viking Adult
Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King's epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King's most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In November 2003, the fifth installment, Wolves of the Calla, will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. Song of Susannah, Book VI, and The Dark Tower, Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004. With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into The Dark Tower and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans-can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion. Viking's elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time The Dark Tower will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.

The Dream-Maker's Magic
Sharon Shinn Science Fiction & Fantasy Teens Viking Juvenile
Kellen’s mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. Then she is forced to go to school, where she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at a nearby inn, the Parmer Arms. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom’s new Dream-Maker—someone whose mere presence can help dreams come true—he is whisked away to the castle, leaving Kellen behind. By now, their friendship is shading into something more.Will it endure?

Frank Herbert Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Dune Messiah
Frank Herbert Science Fiction & Fantasy Putnam
The bestselling science fiction series of all time continues! Frank Herbert's second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Maud’dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: Do all paths of glory lead to the grave?

Hugh Howey Science Fiction & Fantasy Century Pub.Co.
1st UK ed.1/500 No dj as issued. In a fine slipcase.

The Earthsea Trilogy
Ursula K. Le Guin Science Fiction & Fantasy Science Fiction Book Club
Exclusive 3-in-1 harcover book. Includes A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA: The windswept isles of Earthsea were famous for wizards, and the greatest of all was Ged, called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.THE TOMBS OF ATUAN: Chosen to serve the Ancient and Nameless Powers of the Earth, Tenar is taken away from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. While learning her way throughthe gloomy Labyrinth that is her domain, she encounters Ged, a wizard come to steal the Tombs' greatest treasure. But Ged also brings with him the light of magic, a light as forbidden in the Tombs as wizards are in the Kargad Lands....THE FARTHEST SHORE: Ill-tidings have arrived on the Isle of the Wise: The springs of wizardry are drying up. Driven to seek the source of the trouble, Archmage Ged embarks on a perilous journey with the boy-prince, Arren. Their travels take them to a land cursed with a strange soul sickness, to an encounter with Orm Embar, the greatest of the world's dragons, and into the realm of death itself. For if the balance of magic is not restored, darkness will overtake the world. Jacket art by Leo and Diane Dillon. (422 pp.)

C.J. Cherryh DAW

Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card Science Fiction & Fantasy SFBC
Orson Scott Card's first published science fiction was based on an idea that came to him when he was 16 years old. Inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac, he got to thinking about a Battle Room, an environment where future soldiers would be trained for combat in space. The result was the 1977 novelette and, later, this prescient 1985 novel, perhaps Card's best-known book. Ender's Game went on to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards for asking the startling question: What if gifted children were trained to fight in adult wars? ... He was the third of his parents' children to be monitored. Peter, his older brother, had been too uncontrollably violent. Valentine, his sister, seemed incapable of violence altogether. So they pinned their hopes on Andrew Wiggin-nicknamed Ender because of Valentine's childish mispronunciation of his name-and took him to Battle School to begin his military education. He was six years old. Only Earth's best made it to Battle School, where student armies fought mock wars in zero gravity..."games" intended to develop the tactics and strategies human soldiers would need against the alien enemy. The training was tough, but for Ender they made it tougher still-changing the rules of the game without warning, forcing him to stand alone without friends to rely on, pushing his natural abilities to the limit. For, ultimately, if Ender Wiggin proved himself less than brilliant, there was no hope for the human race.

Dan Simmons Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Bantam
A multifaceted tale of the far future picks up where the Hugo Award-winning Hyperion left off, bringing readers to a richly imaginative world of technological achievement, excitement, fear, love, and triumph.

James Alan Gardner Subjects Avon Books
Great writing carries this unusual story about the Explorer Corps., the branch of the League of Peoples responsible for investigating planets and contacting new life forms. The catch is that corp members usually die in the process. That's why the corps comprises the medical misfits of society--people healthy enough to function yet disfigured or deformed enough that no one cares all that much if they die. Festina Ramos is an "Expendable Crew Member" who has just been ordered to escort a soon-to-be-senile admiral to Melaquin, a planet with an impeccable record for killing Explorer teams. It was meant to be a one-way mission to rid the League of one more has-been admiral, but Festina has other ideas about how things will turn out.

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Hardcover
C.J. Cherryh's second trilogy set in her Foreigner Universe comes to a thrilling conclusion with Explorer-a new hardcover published simultaneously with the paperback release of book two, Defender.

The final installment to this sequence of the Hugo Award-winning author's most successful series, Explorer follows a human delegate trapped in a distant star system facing a potentially bellicose alien ship.

The Eyes of the Dragon
Stephen King Subjects VIKING

The Faded Sun: Kesrith
C. J Cherryh Literature & Fiction N. Doubleday
This is the story of three people: Sten Duncan, a soldier of humanity; Niun, last warrior of the MRI, humanity's enemies; and Melein, priestess-queen of the final fallen MRI stronghold. It is the story of two mighty species fighting for a galaxy, humanity driving out from Earth, and the enigmatic regul struggling to hold their stars with MRI mercenaries. It is a story of diplomacy and warfare, of conspiracy and betrayal, and of three flesh-and-blood people who found themselves thrown together in a life-and-death alliance.

The Faded Sun: Kutath
C. J. Cherryh Subjects Nelson Doubleday
Book club edition of popular novel

The Faded Sun: Shon'jir
C. J Cherryh Science Fiction & Fantasy Nelson Doubleday
Sten Duncan had saved the lives of the last two of humanity's deadliest enemies, during the takeover of their planet Kesrith. Sten therefore felt responsible for them and for their future -- if any. For though the two mri were brother and sister, they represented different power-castes of their ancient warrior-race. Niun was the last of the bred samurai. Melein, though young, was perforce the last priestess-queen. But struggle and mutual danger had sealed Sten Duncan to their loyalty. As their blood-brother, he would have to help them flee mankind and take the long, long evasion-route across the cosmos to a legendary lost planet which might afford the mri one more chance.

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury Ballantine Books
Fahrenheit 451 Set in a bleak future where thought are discouraged and ideas are illegal, Fahrenheit 451 is the story of a troubled fireman named Montag who, as Bradbury puts it, "suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Montag is troubled because his job is not to put out fires, but to actually start them...

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The first volume of The Lord of the Rings, featuring Tolkien's original unused dust-jacket design. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power -- the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Finity's End
C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Warner Books
The author of Cyreen narrates the story of the oldest Merchanter ship of all, Finity's End, whose young crew has lost an entire generation and is coming home after many years of war and piracy only to have to learn to live in peace."

Firebirds Rising
Sharyn November Teens Firebird
Charles de Lint. Alan Dean Foster. Diana Wynne Jones. Kelly Link. Patricia A. McKillip. Tamora Pierce. These are just a few of the acclaimed and bestselling authors who have contributed original stories to Firebirds Rising, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning anthology Firebirds.
This collection takes readers from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner. It is full of magic, humor, adventure, and—best of all—the unexpected. The one thing readers can count on is marvelous writing. Firebirds Rising proves once again that Firebird is more than an imprint—it is a gathering place for writers and readers of speculative fiction from teenage to adult, from the United States to Europe, Asia, and beyond.

The Folk of the Fringe
Orson Scott Card Subjects A Tor Book

For Love and Glory
Poul Anderson Tor Books
From the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning Grandmaster, a new novel of classic science fiction adventure

Mystery, discovery, and wonder on a cosmic scale are the core of Anderson’s latest novel. Lissa, a human Earth woman, and her partner, “Karl,” a giant alien academic who resembles Tyrannosaurs—are interstellar archaeologists investigating the remote and uncharted planet Jonna. There, they seem to have hit the jackpot. For on that distant world they’ve discovered an immense artifact that may have been left by the mysterious beings called the Forerunners. This race predated all the known cultures in the starfaring galaxy and vanished long before any other intelligent species had taken to the stars.

But Lissa and Karl aren’t the first to have made the discovery on Jonna. On the far-off world the archaeologists cross paths with the two freebooters whose plans for motives towards the arcane object are not purely scientific. Their discovery may be the best preserved relic of the ancient beings yet found. Other artifacts from the Forerunners—once reverse engineers—have revolutionized entire fields of technology, reaping huge financial rewards. If the same holds true for this newest discovery, Lissa realizes, only she and Karl stand between the seemingly friendly freebooters and what could be the treasure of a lifetime.

C. J. Cherryh Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy DAW Books
Two hundred years after a group of humans had lost a war to the atevi, Bren Cameron, the only human allowed into the atevi society, realizes he must forge a bond between the two seemingly incompatible species. 50,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

Forever Free
Joe Haldeman Science Fiction & Fantasy Ace Hardcover
You can't lose for winning--especially, it would seem, if you're Joe Haldeman. Suffering the same fate as many an author who's dared to pen unconventional sequels to a ferociously loved book (in this case, The Forever War), Haldeman has risked the ire of his many devoted admirers a second time (the first sequel was the award-spangled Forever Peace). But Haldeman's call--not too surprisingly--proves to be a deft one, giving us a book that, while significantly different from its predecessor, turns out to be equally captivating and sensitive, in many ways even more thought-provoking. (Sure, it doesn't match The Forever War for sheer impact, but then again, what does?)
As in The Forever War, the heart of this story is the dry, ironic bite of fighting-suit vet William Mandella, now middle-aged and a parent (along with his love and comrade-in-arms Marygay) to two teen-aged kids. The family leads a spartan life on the cold and desolate planet Middle Finger, which serves as a sort of genetic safe-deposit box for the current incarnation of humanity, an inhuman race of group-mind clones known as Man. But the animals in the zoo are getting restless, and a core group of vets led by William and Marygay plot an unusual escape: hijacking a reconditioned time ship and using it to take a 40,000 light-year tour (over 10 years of their own time) to rejoin the world they know only after 2,000 generations have passed. Much of the action involves the hatching and fruition of this plot, but Haldeman doesn't really mix things up until nearing the end, when he dissolves physics as we know it and calls down the wrath of God itself. --Paul Hughes

Forever Peace
Joe Haldeman Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Ace Hardcover
Here is Joe Haldeman's triumphant return to the thoughtful science fiction that made his The Forever War a multiple award-winner. In the year 2043, the Ngumi War has raged for eight years. Julian Class is a "soldier boy, " and for him war is indeed hell. For Julian it might be worth dying just to stop living. But he and his lover have made a terrifying scientific discovery that could literally put the Universe back to square one. For Julian the discovery is tempting.

The Forever War
Joe Haldemann Science Fiction & Fantasy Science Fiction Book Club
SFBC 50th Anniversay CollectionThis book looks rather "science fiction" in nature someone had quite an imaginative idea of what 1997 would be you can read about distant planets and how you jump from one to the other all in the year 1997...did I miss something??? This is rather comediac rather than SciFi because you and I have lived through 1997...Still a good read and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

The Forge of God
Greg Bear Tor Books
On September 28th, a geologist working in Death valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area.

On October 1st, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago....

Something is happening to Planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to consider....

Fortune and Fate
Sharon Shinn Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Ace Hardcover
The compelling new novel in the national bestselling “superior fantasy series” (Publishers Weekly).

National bestselling author Sharon Shinn’s “lyrical and entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Twelve Houses books have captivated readers and critics alike with their irresistible cocktail of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now Shinn returns with a new novel set in the same world, where a troubled Warrior Rider named Wen faces her greatest challenge in the last place she ever expected: behind the walls of a great family estate known as Fortune, where Wen has been hired to guard the young heiress. Once there, she will find that fate has other plans for her…

Freedom's Challenge
Anne McCaffrey Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Putnam Adult
Deportees from many worlds, the colonists of Freedom's Landing have made a new home for themselves on the planet where they were abandoned. Now they have the technology they need to go back to war with the deadly Eosi--with a surprise strike at enslaved planet Earth itself! Kris Bjornson has come a long way since the day alien slave ships scooped her up in Denver with thousands of others. Dropped on an apparently uninhabited world with the rest, she has fallen in love with Zainal, a renegade Cattani, and has worked for years to make this fertile planet, Botany, into a home. Now she has a house of sorts, a child she adores, and a respected place in the community. But she still feels a soldier's duty to escape and rejoin the struggle. The Eosi overlords have tight control of many worlds; as they continue to drop their captives on Botany, however, the original colonists learn that there are freedom fighters on every captured world. There are rebels even among the warlike Cattani, and Earth is full of pockets of resistance. Now that the settlers on Botany are well-fed, and have technology stolen from visiting Cattani warships, they might be able to help. The trip to Earth will be heartbreaking, they realize. All of Earth's major cities are in ruins. Humans with technical ability have been enslaved, or mind-wiped. Crops and animals have been herded into spaceships for the use of alien overlords, while Earth's people starve. But the colonists of Botany can load their stolen ship with grain and supplies to help the resistance fighters. Most important, they can bring hope: it is possible to fight back against the Eosi and their Cattani enforcers. Earth can again be free!

Freedom's Choice
Anne McCaffrey Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Putnam Adult
A group of slaves, brought to an uninhabited planet by their Catenni masters, who have taken over Earth, must learn to survive in their new surroundings, but some struggle with calling their new planet home and consider a rebellion in order to return to their true home."

Freedom's Landing
Anne McCaffrey Literature & Fiction Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy Putnam Adult
A human slave to the overlords of the Catteni race, Kristin Bjornsen is forced to participate in colonization attempts on a newly discovered planet and is surprised to learn that one of her fellow colonists is a man from her past.

Freedom's Ransom
Anne McCaffrey Literature & Fiction Science Fiction & Fantasy Putnam Adult
Freedom's Ransom is the fourth novel in Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series, also known as the Catteni Sequence. The sequel to Freedom's Landing, Freedom's Choice, and Freedom's Challenge, Freedom's Ransom will please some fans of this star-spanning science fiction series, but others will find the book slow-paced, talky, and lacking in action. Freedom's Ransom ends conclusively, with no major unresolved plot lines, yet leaves space for at least one sequel.
The planet Botany was settled by a mixed group of humans and aliens, slaves of the alien Catteni and their alien masters, the Eosi. But one Catteni was dropped on Botany with the slaves: Zainal, who helped them win their independence. Now Botany must establish trade with other planets in order to survive. But the other worlds have been ravaged by the Catteni, and once-proud Earth has been reduced to primitive poverty, its technology stolen by corrupt Barevi merchants. To save Botany, Zainal and Kris Bjornsen, his human lover, must find a way to help all the worlds.
While the preface of Freedom's Ransom crisply summarizes the preceding books, this series has so many characters, races, and planets that newcomers should start with the first book, Freedom's Landing. Sophisticated SF readers aren't likely to enjoy the series, but it should hook young adults; if you're looking to broaden a child's reading beyond Harry Potter, try Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series and Dragonriders of Pern series. --Cynthia Ward

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