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Some 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 Details

ISBN: 9781841491257
ISBN-10: 184149125X
Format: Paperback
(177mm x 109mm x 28mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

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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