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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: e-reads.com (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759296170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759296176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,728,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bell has written several YA novels, including Ratha's Creature , an ALA Best Book. This futuristic novel is an intriguing blend of adult material and YA tone. Kesbe Temiya grew up on 23rd-century Earth, 220 years after most of her Pueblo Indian ancestors left Earth in order to preserve their traditions. While flying an old C-47, dubbed Gooney Bird , to its new owner on the planet Oneway, Kesbe goes down in a storm, and is rescued by Imiya, who says he is a member of a tribe called the People of the Sky, and who flies on an insect-like creature called an aronan. Kesbe realizes that Imiya is a descendant of her own long-lost tribe, who secretly settled here and abandoned their technology. What she learns about their symbiotic relationship to the aronans, and her own mixed heritage, is interwoven with Imiya's fears of his coming-of-age ritual. Bell creates a believable cultural blend of Indian and alien.
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From Library Journal

When her antique plane crash lands on the surface of the planet Oneway, Kesbe Temiya encounters a lost colony of Hopi Indians whose sacred rites hold not only the key to her rescue but also reveal the secret of the tribe's successful acclimatization. Steeped in Native American myth and legend, this graceful novel by the author of Ratha's Creature explores issues of human sexuality and cultural evolution with acute sensitivity. Recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Born in England in 1952, I moved to the US with my family in 1957. I worked in oceanography, electrical engineering, test equipment design and mechanical engineering before I wrote my first book, Ratha's Creature (Atheneum-Argo Margaret K .McElderry 1983) , the story of a prehistoric wildcat who learns to tame fire.

Since then I have continued to write fantasy and science fiction for children and adults. I continue to be fascinated by big cats, as showcased in Tomorrow's Sphinx (cheetahs in Tutanhkmen's Eygypt) and Jaguar Princess (were-jaguars in Aztec and Olmec Mexico).

My stories tend to show sociological themes as well, exploring the changes that are brought about in culture through technology. I also enjoy creating plausible and workable alien critters ( the aronan fliers in People of the Sky). The central theme of my fiction is evolution, having been influenced early by the works of C.S. Lewis, Olaf Stapledon , and Arthur C. Clarke.

I have degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, biology and chemistry and have continued working in technical areas in addition to writing fiction. I became involved in building and designing electric vehicles and spent a year in Norway working on a production EV. I have also participated in electric vehicle racing in the Arizona Public Service Company-sponsored Solar and Electrics competitions, held from 1991 to 1998. My electric Porsche 914, known by her racing number, 13, was a well-known competitor in these races. I was also involved with the Women's Electric Racing and Educational Team (WE'RE-IT) when we raced the Porsche and our converted race-Rabbit, #6 Hop-along.

After moving to a remote site in California's coastal mountains, I and my partner put together our own solar and wind systems and experimented with a power-generating waterwheel. A naturalized citizen of the US, I now live with my partner-become-husband, Chuck Piper, in the hills west of Patterson, California.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is about a young woman, Kesbe, who is a descendant of the Pueblo, and it is set hundreds of years in the future. While making a delivery of an ancient airplane to a collector on the planet Oneway, she crash lands in a storm and is rescued by a boy riding a giant dragonfly-like creature called an Aronan, and who is a descendant of a long vanished Pueblo Indian colony. Kesbe is forced to reconnect with the culture she tried to abandon, and learn to understand their primitive yet complex society in order to save them, and herself. This book is facinating, and the culture of the people is described in great detail. The bond between the people and their Aronans, and the mystery surrounding the fact that only the children have Aronans and that the Aronans disappear after a secretive coming-of-age ceremony will keep you guessing. This is definitely a page turner, and it made me fear for the fate of the children and their aronans. I felt just about every emotion while reading this: anticipation, fear, disgust, and relief. I highly recommend this book. Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Digital Blasphemy on October 2, 2011
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This low review is not for the story itself, but this reprint edition. I read an older hardback copy from my local library, enjoyed the story, and decided to purchase a physical copy for myself. What a terrible mistake-this is one of the worst reprints I've ever come across: multiple typos on nearly every page, character's names spelled incorrectly, missing punctuation.

If you are going to buy this book, purchase an older copy. To the current publisher-what a disgraceful way to treat this book!
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I just started watching Avatar (popular movie) yesterday and was knocked out to see themes from this book in the movie. Yes they got some of the flying parts from this book. Very worth reading, I haven't read a bad book by Claire Bell yet. She is also sympathetic to Native American cultures. Hurrah!
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