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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133729
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,659,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Called “one of the most popular authors of our time” by Publishers Weekly, Andre Norton is a legend in science fiction, and was one of our greatest storytellers. She wrote science fiction novels for five decades, beginning with the now-classic novel Star Man’s Son in 1952. Many of today’s top writers, including David Weber, Eric Flint, C.J. Cherryh and Joan D. Vinge, have cited her as a primary influence on their own work. She was Guest of Honor at the 1989 World Science Fiction Convention, and has received the Grand Master award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention. She was astoundingly prolific, with over thirty books in her celebrated Witch World series alone. She introduced three generations of SF readers to SF and fantasy, both through her critically acclaimed YA novels and her adult works, and remains one of the most popular authors in both fields. She died in 2005. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Game of Stars and Comets (2009) is an omnibus edition of four short SF novels, including The X Factor, Voorloper, The Eye of the Monster, and The Sioux Spaceman. These novels are set in similar universes, but at different times and locales.

Each is a standalone novel. Although The Sioux Spaceman is the last story in the book, it is actually the earliest story by the internal chronology. The other stories could have occurred at any time during the centuries of human expansion through the galaxy.

The X-Factor (1965) is probably set within the Council/Confederation sequence. The Survey Service allowed their space personnel leave to marry and to produce children. After several years, the marriage was break-bonded and the couple went their own ways. Any children from the marriage were raised in a Service creche.

In this novel, Diskan Fentress was raised in the Service creche on Nyborg. Unlike his fellows, Diskan was oversized and clumsy. Under direct or hostile supervision, he was even more clumsy. His superiors deemed him suitable only for the most degrading forms of manual labor.

Then Renfry Fentress returns from presumed death to find his son. His ship had been holed by a meteor and left drifting. Another scout from an unknown spacefaring species had rescued Renfry and took him back to Vaanchard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gletkin on March 27, 2010
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I read these stories in the original ACE paperbacks many years ago and found them to instill the sense of wonder that was so critical to founding a lifelong interest in Science Fiction. The stories are full of optimism and focus on isolated individuals overcoming steep odds in alien settings.

Characterization and plotting are tight and riveting. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nc guy on July 9, 2009
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I'd never read these stories before, even though I've been reading Norton's fiction since high school. I enjoyed them all, although some stories felt a little incomplete since they are some of her earlier works. I was left curious as to the big picture in one case. But over all a very pleasant read.
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By Free Speech on July 2, 2014
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Before I discovered Ray Bradbury, the greatest author of all time, I found Andre Norton, a very talented runner-up.

Her storytelling used to keep me company when had to be somewhere I didn't necessarily want to be.

If she writes a book, it is almost certainly worth reading if you are a Sci-Fi fan.
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All her books are winners. These novels are from the 1950's and I had not read them before since I "found" her in the 1960's. They all are stand alone works, but you know her when you read her and it's always a pleasure!
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