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Sister Alice by Robert Reed
Book DescriptionSome 10 million years in the future, in a galaxy heavily populated by humans and other advanced species, a thousand trustworthy humans and their cloned offspring have been granted an incredible power that they may preserve a peace that has endured for eons. They can build worlds wherever they wish and can terraform any wasteland. But the arrival of a woman as old as the great peace itself brings uncertainty and fear. For she brings with her a warning: the tale of an ancient crime that threatens to destroy the peace that has been so carefully crafted. A far-future epic of god-like humans and their colossal blunders, SISTER ALICE is a novel of incredible imagination from the author of the acclaimed MARROW. Find out more about this title and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841491257
(177mm x 109mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Reed
Warrior Women, Paperback (December 2015)
Features tales of powerful women - or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed - who fight because they must, for what they believe in, for those they love, to simply survive, or who glory in battle itself.
Robots, Paperback (February 2012)» View all books by Robert Reed
From Kapek's biotech machines of RUR to Kuttner's "Proud Robot" to the fictional assortment of mechanical sex toys, rebels, grandmothers, servants, and masters, these machines have represented our dreams as well as our anxieties. This title presents stories representing the many faces of robots.
US Kirkus Review » Fix-up (concatenation and rewrite) of five long stories, 1993-2000. Millions of years hence, when war threatened to completely exterminate humankind, desperate faction leaders agreed to bestow godlike powers upon a few outstanding individuals. The selected ones, each all but immortal, became Families and, by enforcing order, ushered in the Ten Million Year Peace. Now, the Chamberlains are the most powerful Family; the Nuyens specialize in intrigue, the Sanchexes in violence. As part of the prolonged maturation process, youngsters play war games and gradually acquire talents and abilities. Smart, sensitive Ord, the youngest Chamberlain, grows up with cowardly schemer Xo Nuyen and brutal megalomaniac Ravleen Sanchex. Then Alice-so old she's only the 12th Chamberlain ever-pays a surprise visit. A supremely skillful terraformer and world builder, Alice hides in the penthouse of the Chamberlain's ancestral mansion, and for some reason will confide only in Ord. Gradually, Alice confesses that she and her associates, working in the galactic Core, attempted to create a baby universe-with disastrous results: the Core is exploding! Already billions are dead and the entire galaxy is threatened. Soon, Alice is imprisoned and stripped of her powers; the Nuyens seize their chance to have the Chamberlains and the other Families that assisted them declared outlaw. Ord, secretly equipped with many of Alice's powers, chooses to flee the Nuyens. Somehow, he must find a way to contain, if not reverse, the damage done to the galaxy-and rescue poor Alice. An extravagant, surprising, often astonishing odyssey from the author of Marrow (2000), etc.: challenging and bewildering in equal measure. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Robert Reed
Robert Reed was the first Grand Prize Winner of the Writers for the Future contest, and his stories have been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
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