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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743488318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743488310
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outstanding post-apocalyptic science fiction.
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They handle the format very differently yet these are both fast paced and well written.
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I loved the story and think I'll dig it out and give it another read.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Darkness and Dawn is an omnibus edition of two independent novels. It includes Star Man's Son and No Night Without Stars. Both novels are post-apocalyptic stories set after great cataclysms that destroyed the previous civilizations. Both involve quests for knowledge and materiel from the prior age. And both feature symbiotic relationships between humans and animals.

Star Man's Son (1952) takes place after the Great Blowup. Many areas are still radioactive. Mutated plants and animals abound. Fors is the son of Langdon, a Star Man killed by Beast Things on an exploration into a far city. Fors is rejected by the Star Men due to his white hair, a sign of mutation, and so he and his great hunting cat, Lura, leave on a great journey to search for the lost city in the north that was never bombed and thus is safe for scavengers.

No Night Without Stars (1975) takes place three centuries after the cataclysm that caused the Dark Time. Many animals and countless men perished, with only a handful of survivors here and there and, after the skies cleared once again, there were changes. Sander left his people to search for the secret of working the strange metals found among the ruins. Fanyi seeks weapons to pay back the blood debt due to the slavers who have killed or captured her people. Together with their mutated animals -- Rhin, Kai and Kayi -- they follow her pendant toward the Great Place of the Before People.

These stories are classical Norton. Star Man's Son was her first science fiction tale, written more than a decade prior to No Night Without Stars.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
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DARKNESS AND DAWN

DARKNESS AND DAWN is an omnibus edition put out by Baen that contains two of Andre Norton's post-apocalyptic stories, Star Man's Son: 2250 A.D.and No Night Without Stars

Thank you Baen for reviving two old favorites

StarMan's Son

This was the very first Science Fiction book that I ever read, my Brother had purchased the paperback version sometime in the 1950's and was kind enough to let me read it, I was "hooked" then and still am, Andre Norton shall never die as long as she has readers.

This is about a young boy, Lars of the Puma clan; Lars's father was a Star Man- explorers of the blasted wilderness beyond the mountain stronghold of the Star Hall. The brotherhood of Star Men sought to carry on the tradition of their research scientist ancestors- to seek out new knowledge for the betterment of the tribe- and of the world. Unfortunately Lars was a mutant, and his mutation was very apparent, his hair was white, and the Clan had not accepted him. What was not so apparent was that he had the ability to telepathically communicate with his great hunting cat, Lura. When Lars's Father failed to return from his last mission Lars snuck out of his village to explore the vast Wilderness, rather than accept the insult of a lesser life, Lars took up his sword, bow, and his father's pouch, and along with his great mutant hunting cat, Lura, went out to find the great lost city of the Old Ones that his father's last journal entry spoke of.
Published in 1952 this was one of the first post-apocalyptic novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on June 9, 2012
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Outstanding post-apocalyptic science fiction. Although this omnibus contains two separate novels, they are in the same genre. You can easily imagine the characters from each existing in the same point in time on different parts of the planet. It was a good decision by the publisher to pair these two stories. It was very refreshing to read two engrossing sci-fi tales without wading through lots of profanity - There was none (nada, zilch, zero), as is common in a lot (but not all) of Norton's works. This omnibus is in my future re-read collection. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa A. Herrington on July 14, 2013
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Interestingly enough I have a copy of this story but it's title was very different. The one I have is copyright 1952, by Harcourt, Brace and Co. Inc., Ace Books, and was titled Daybreak 2250 A.D. I got it when I was in junior high and still have it to this day. It's a very good story (obviously since I still have it) and warrants a special place in one's library of early science fiction and of Andre Norton's work which is timeless. I loved the story and think I'll dig it out and give it another read.
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Again Andre Norton has worked her magic. Years ago I met a lady in a used bookstore looking for some books that would interest her children to read. I recommend Andre Norton because she is the kind of writer that young adults and older adults can both enjoy her books and feel comfortable reading them.
There are few people I wish I could meet in my life, Andre Norton was one. I miss her writing. I believe being able to write a story and have so many people enjoy it, is a gift I wish very much I could do. I have always seen Andre Norton as one of this country's. greatest gift.
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