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StarBridge (StarBridge #1) (Starbridge Series) [Kindle Edition]

A.C. Crispin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After more than a hundred years of space travel, a stray radio signal indicates the possibility that alien life might exist. The crew of the Désirée has no training in interstellar diplomacy and a minor dispute turns to disaster that could escalate into a full scale war.

Can the bond formed between two very different friends be strong enough to bridge their differences and save their people? Come along in this first book in the StarBridge Series in an exciting journey across the stars in a desperate gamble to save both their worlds.

“This is the type of rousing adventure story which Heinlein made so popular a generation ago…Excellent!” — Andre Norton

“An interesting supporting cast of aliens and a strong theme of understanding and acceptance among races” — Booklist

“A great success…An adventure novel with some thought in it!” — Vonda N. McIntyre

“Crispin’s aliens are a diverse and fascinating lot…She’ll be the leading candidate for the title of the ‘the Norton of the 1990s!’” — Dragon Magazine

Book 1: StarBridge - Earth discovers they are not the only sentient beings in the universe and their first contact turns deadly in an unfortunate turn of events.

Book 2: Silent Dances - Deaf since birth, Tesa is the perfect ambassador to the alien Grus whose sonic cries can kill. Has earth made its own discovery of a new sentient species?

Book 3: Shadow World - A young man learns how to cope with death from a golden-eyed race of beings with tragically short lives.

Book 4: Serpent’s Gift - A young girl creates a mind-link with the StarBridge computer, and a series of deadly accidents threatens all life on the asteroid.

Book 5: Silent Songs - Amphibious beings from a distant world land on the planet Trinity, threatening the native creatures and the StarBridge ambassadors.

Book 6: Ancestor’s World - When a member of an archeological team on the planet Na-Dina is brutally murdered, Mahree Burroughs arrives to find the killer, no matter the cost.

Book 7: Voices of Chaos - The feline beings known as Arrekhi have requested admission into the Cooperative League of Systems, but they are harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.

Editorial Reviews


"This the type of rousing adventure story which Heinlein made so popular a generation ago... excellent!" -- Andre Norton

"With its touches of Humor and intriguing set of characters, the action-packed plot races along!" -- Locus

About the Author

A. C. Crispin is the bestselling author of Sarek and Yesterday's Son. She has written six books in the StarBridge series. Crispin's other books include V and Time for Yesterday. She may be reached via email at: A.CRISPIN@GENIE.COM.

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  • Print Length: 289 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MSQWK8
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking me back to my love of early Science Fiction... December 17, 2011
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I was hesitant to purchase this book because my love of SF has wained over the years because of the advances made in real space sciences.

But Starbridge takes me back to my early years of reading SF and the wonder of discovering new worlds and species of life. AC reminds me of Andre Norton and her early SF stories. I am glad I found the Starbridge series and will not hesitate in continuing with this series.

Sometimes, the oldies really are the goodies...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth rediscovering, a top notch first contact tale January 3, 2013
By YaoB
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the best first contact stories I ever read, Starbridge is timeless. Both a YA coming of age tale of a young woman traveling on her uncle's starship amongst the stars, a romance, and a story of humans encountering new alien life forms, the story works as well today as it did when it was first written and published 20 years ago.

Mahree is on her way to study on Earth, after growing up on a colony planet, when her uncle's ship encounters a message from possible alien life. An investigation leads them to a neighboring star system where they encounter the Simiu, sentient beings who are lionesque in appearance. A culture which places great value on honor, soon the humans find themselves challenged over cross cultural misunderstandings typical to two races who have never encountered each other before.

When the Simiu imprison her starship, Mahree and her Simiu friend, Dhurrrkk' steal a small ship and head for the headquarters of The Cooperate League of Systems, a bit of an interplanetary United Nations, which the Simiu desperately want to join. Hoping League leaders will intervene, Mahree and Dhurrrkk' risk their lives escaping to set their plan in motion. As they depart, the ship's doctor, Rob Gable, stumbles onto them, forcing them to take him along.

In the course of their journey, Mahree and Rob fall in love, and all three meet a fungus-like alien they label "Blanket" who produces oxygen just as their life support systems have run out. Joining them for the final leg of their journey, Blanket wins Earth an invitation to join the League, while Mahree and Dhurrrkk' convince League leaders to mediate between the Simiu and the imprisoned Earth starship crew.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Enjoyable January 18, 2007
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This is a truly great science fiction book.It has some original plot elements that are refreshing, for example, not all aliens in this book(unlike Star Trek) merely look humans in a fake suit. Also, the romance aspect of this book is well done and quite enjoyable. Definitely the best of the series.Recommend for all science fiction fans.One more note-its nice to read science fiction that does not have to be grotesquely violent or lewd to be entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the best things about sci-fi in one book. May 7, 2009
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This excellent sci-fi tale doesn't do anything *new*--it's a pretty standard first-contact story--but it does what it does *really well*. First time I can remember that a sci-fi book brought smiling tears to my eyes. I'd happily use this book to introduce someone to the entire sci-fi genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and series August 15, 2008
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And excellent science fiction book that is hard to put down. It also kicks off a 7-book series that are of the same page-turning quality. I highly recommend them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Blanket is the best!!!! November 9, 2012
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I am new to sci-fi (except for Star Trek) and, thanks to Starbridge, am now totally hooked. The author's amazing imagination has produced alien species that range from close-to-human to sentient telepathic beings that look a lot like blankets!! Who knew?? The writing is crisp, the pacing is wonderful, and there is not a smidge of triteness in the love story. I'm planning to inhale everything else by this wonderful writer in the very near future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Contact November 6, 2012
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A wonderfully refreshing and hopeful tale of first contact. The characters were genuine and likeable. A.C. Crispin knows how to develop characters and build a world worth playing in a long time. This is definitely a story that appeals to all readers. It could easily go as YA but that would be selling it short. I would highly recommend this as an addition to anyone's SF library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series January 5, 2013
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I started reading this series when it first came out. It helped me find the words I was feeling for concepts of acceptance and tolerance of each other and different cultures. I couldn't put it down.

The story reads as though you are listening to real conversations, instead of the sometimes stilted, unrealistic character discussions in other books. The feelings of the characters are there on the surface, allowing you, the reader, to engage with them, to feel part of the story, and to care about the characters.

If you are looking for something to get a young teen, or even a feel-good story for an adult, this is it. Look no further. Although once this story is done, the reader will want to find the other books of the series, so you should probably save yourself some time and just buy all of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites from my teen years
I am so happy to finally see this series available again. I just reread it for approx the 213th time (ok perhaps that's a slight exaggeration). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favourite
I discovered this series years ago although at the time I read it only the first 3 books had been written. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Very well written story and characters.
I didn't want it to end!
Everything about the story just rings so true. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bullinchinashop
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The Han Solo trilogy brought me to this book. I was just interested in star wars books on my kindle until I read this. Fantastic story. Excited to read the rest of the series.
Published 9 months ago by Nate35
4.0 out of 5 stars Love All the Alien Characters
I enjoyed this (older) book quite a bit. I thought the insights into alien characteristics was quite well done. Plus, I liked that the main characters weren't all perfect. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Luton
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and imaginative series debut.
A.C. Crispin holds the distinction of being one of the voices that first made me fall in love with science fiction, thanks to her superlative Han Solo trilogy (The Paradise Snare,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ruth Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Starbridge
I can remember bypassing the distinctive book cover of Starbridge in every paperback spinner rack in nearly every library I've visited (which is a lot) but it wasn't until the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S.E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars First Contact with interesting worlds and wonderful people
This is a great story told mostly from the point of view of a teenage girl. Truly alien aliens and the origin of the first interspecies communicator. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Mahree there is an Alien Out There
I for one cannot believe that AC has never read any of the books by E.E. DOC SMITH. None of the women in any of his books were shrinking violets. With names like Dot and Bab's. Read more
Published 17 months ago by dray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This is a really great series. I have all the original paperbacks, got them when they first came out. And I find that I still enjoy this series.
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Published 20 months ago by Eric Westrope
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More About the Author

For those who haven't heard, Ann "A. C." Crispin died on September 6, 2013. Her legacy will live on. Now, Ann's last completed book, TIME HORSE, has been published for the first time as an ebook for Kindle. It's the story of Danielle Tomasky, who is twelve years old and wants nothing in the world but a horse to ride. She finds a horse that turns out to be something extraordinary, and that takes her on a magnificent adventure back to a time that tests every one of Danni's equestrian skills to their limits.


A. C. Crispin's major original science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series. These books, now available as Kindle ebooks and in audiobook editions from Audible, center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth. There are seven StarBridge books: StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos, and Ancestor's World.

A. C. wrote prolifically in many different tie-in universes, and was a master at filling in the histories of beloved TV and movie characters. Over the years, she became the unofficial "Queen of Backstory." Ms. Crispin had a unique talent for writing dialog that captured the essence of those characters. She began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son, written in her spare time while working for the US Census Bureau. Shortly thereafter, Tor Books commissioned her to write what is perhaps still her most widely read work, the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries, V, which sold more than a million copies. She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein, and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.

For Star Wars, she wrote the bestselling Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn, which tell the story of Han Solo from his early years right up to the moment he walks into the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. She wrote three other bestselling Star Trek novels: Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders, and Sarek.

Crispin and noted author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together, Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith. Ann Crispin and Andre Norton were friends for nearly 30 years. Ms. Norton was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the field of science fiction and fantasy by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Andre Norton's passing brought increasing demand for her works, but a legal battle has tied up the rights to her collaborations with Ms. Crispin.

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