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Peace And Memory (The Secantis Sequence, 3) Paperback – May 29, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Secantis Sequence Series

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Peace and Memory is the stand-alone third novel of Mark W. Tiedemann's ambitious and acclaimed future history, the Secantis Sequence. The Secant is a territorial boundary in space, a forbidden zone, a closed border between deadly enemies: the Pan Humana and the Commonwealth Republic. The Earth-centered Pan Humana forbids interaction with aliens--and with the people of the Commonwealth Republic, who trade with aliens. Worse, the Commonwealth Republicans use alien mind technologies. Are they still human? What does it mean to be human?

Commonwealth Shipmaster Tamyn Glass is a trader gaining success among the aliens when a man from her past sends her a stolen starship. The ship bears the news that the man, her old friend Sean Merrick, is dead, and wants Tamyn to recover his body and bury him on the other side of the Secant--on Earth. But is Sean truly dead? Signs indicate he may still be alive. Yet, if he is dead, Tamyn must steal his body before she can bury it. And if she succeeds in this grim task, she runs the risk of getting herself and her crew destroyed in the Secant or killed on the forbidden planet Earth--or worse. For the ancestral homeworld has brain-breaking punishments undreamed of in the Commonwealth Republic. --Cynthia Ward

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"In the tradition of Asimov’s Foundation, echoing with the intrigue Herbert’s Dune, Peace and Memory is not to be missed." -- —Robert A. Metzger, author of Picoverse

"Mark Tiedemann is a writer of genuine ability and talent, who explores his cosmos with verve and sense of wonder!" -- David Brin, author of the UPLIFT Series and KILN PEOPLE

"Mark Tiedemann is science fiction's secret weapon: a shrewd and intelligent storyteller..." -- Allen Steele, Hugo Award-winning author of COYOTE
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Product Details

  • Series: The Secantis Sequence, 3
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; 1st MM Pub. Ed edition (May 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892065967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892065964
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,247,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I happen to have read the existing Secantis books in order. Each volume is excellent on its own. Taken together, they each add detail to the divided future of humanity that Tiedemann imagines.

'Peace & Memory' picks up long after the events of 'Metal of Night'. The Pan Humana and The C.R., (Commonwealth Republic), co-exist on their respective sides of the Secant - the dividing line in space that separates the two cultures. It's easy to compare the Secant to the current border situation between Mexico and the USA. The wrinkle that Tiedemann adds is that the Pan Humana is in the role of the USA in that they are insular and resist 'contamination' by alien influence. On the other hand, they are also in the role of Mexico in that they have less wealth, commerce and technological advancement than The Commonwealth Republic. It's an interesting parallel.

The challenge of this book, like other Secantis books, is that there are almost too many characters that are bit players. But then, isn't that just like real life? You meet someone somewhere. Maybe you see them again or maybe you don't. That's the thing about Tiedemann's writing. It's very realistic. He grounds his stories in the bits and pieces we all see in our daily endeavors. At the same time, he paints a huge tapestry in the background that these little details play upon. He does this so elegantly that you may not notice it happening if you are not paying attention.

I give 'Peace & Memory' a solid 4.5 stars. Pick up a copy now - you won't be disappointed!
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I have always enjoyed Tiedemann's work, but with Peace & Memory, he's surpassed himself. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi work as much since my first taste of Asimov and Heinlein's early work. This has believable characters, an infrastructure that is integral but unintrusive, and a solid, character-driven plot. Don't miss this book.
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I grew up reading Science Fiction but somehow dropped away from the genre over time. That's why I am grateful to have heard about Mark Tiedemann's stunning novel, Peace and Memory. It reminds me of what I always loved about sci-fi: a gripping plot, sophisticated but accessible vocabulary, and some profound and probing philosophical and intellectual issues. That the book is I believe part three of a larger sequence did not get in the way of being caught up by the story. It simply made me eager to go back and see how the story all began. This one holds together well on its own.
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Another great story from a gifted author. A personal favorite. Peace & Memory is a richly detailed, compelling tale of human motivations and frailties. Once started, it is very hard to put down. Highly recommended. I can't wait to read his next novel.
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