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L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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In the far future, humanity is scattered among the stars and has divided into many subgroups. On Old Earth itself, after many wars and disasters, society is based on conservation and non-aggression. But the resilience of this culture is tested when a hostile fleet of 12 spaceships appears in orbit around the planet. Built of adiamante, a nearly indestructible material, the ships have been sent by a former colony bent on revenge. Narrator Ecktor deJanes, Earth's temporary coordinator, has to prevent the fleet from sterilizing the planet. He's not without resources, as it turns out. But he's bound by a code of honor that mandates that "those with great power must exercise equally great responsibility." Modesitt avoids the digressions and lingering scholarly points that sometimes slow his popular Recluce series, though his narrative here does get didactic at times ("For all our nets, for all our communications, humans... are aliens, aliens to each other and to the universe, and that is why we must trust"). If he doesn't always fully explain the technological distinctions and intricacies of his elaborate far-future Earth, he nevertheless paints an absorbing picture of this world and how it became what it is. (Oct.)

"Strong military action, slick social maneuvering, and a good deal of psychological tension."--"San Diego Union-Tribune"
"Mr. Modesitt does not merely posit a threatened Utopia; he spells out in great detail the rules and regulations that govern daily life....because he dares to be explicit about first principles, the narrative assumes the shape of an intellectual suspense story: how can the manifestly decent people of Old Earth defend themselves against aggression without violating their deeply held beliefs? The answer is both morally persuasive and emotionally wrenching."--"The New York Times"
"Immensely enjoyable and beautifully written--easily Modesitt's best yet."--Robert J. Sawyer

Strong military action, slick social maneuvering, and a good deal of psychological tension. "San Diego Union-Tribune" Mr. Modesitt does not merely posit a threatened Utopia; he spells out in great detail the rules and regulations that govern daily life....because he dares to be explicit about first principles, the narrative assumes the shape of an intellectual suspense story: how can the manifestly decent people of Old Earth defend themselves against aggression without violating their deeply held beliefs? The answer is both morally persuasive and emotionally wrenching. "The New York Times" Immensely enjoyable and beautifully written--easily Modesitt's best yet. "Robert J. Sawyer""


Strong military action, slick social maneuvering, and a good deal of psychological tension. San Diego Union-Tribune Mr. Modesitt does not merely posit a threatened Utopia; he spells out in great detail the rules and regulations that govern daily life....because he dares to be explicit about first principles, the narrative assumes the shape of an intellectual suspense story: how can the manifestly decent people of Old Earth defend themselves against aggression without violating their deeply held beliefs? The answer is both morally persuasive and emotionally wrenching. The New York Times Immensely enjoyable and beautifully written--easily Modesitt's best yet. Robert J. Sawyer"

"Strong military action, slick social maneuvering, and a good deal of psychological tension." --San Diego Union-Tribune"Mr. Modesitt does not merely posit a threatened Utopia; he spells out in great detail the rules and regulations that govern daily life....because he dares to be explicit about first principles, the narrative assumes the shape of an intellectual suspense story: how can the manifestly decent people of Old Earth defend themselves against aggression without violating their deeply held beliefs? The answer is both morally persuasive and emotionally wrenching." --The New York Times"Immensely enjoyable and beautifully written--easily Modesitt's best yet." --Robert J. Sawyer

After a war over riches between cybernetic humans (cybs) and the humans whose thoughts ran outside their heads (demis) on the Earth of the near future, the cybs destroyed the economy and ecology and the demis fried the cybs' brains, then shipped the survivors out into space on The Flight. The earth-bound demis and the draffs (whose thoughts remained in their own heads) built a nonaggressive society. Now the cybs have returned millennia later to Old Earth to visit‘or to seek revenge? Amid the technological terms and unfamiliar landmarks, Modesitt (Fall of Angels, Tor, 1996) weaves a story of differences, similarities, and, above all, trust. Recommended for sf collections.

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