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Transcendence (Heritage Universe, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 1993

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Sheffield's "The Heritage Universe," which also includes Summertide and Divergence , reads as one continuous narrative, with each book ending at a good place to take a pause in the overall story. By this third volume, the group of humans and aliens we have followed throughout are now tracking the Zardalu. Thought extinct for thousands of years, a small number of these creatures--who are so deadly that they have become bogeymen in this future history--were preserved by the mysterious Builders, whom our heroes have been trying to learn more about from the beginning of their adventures, to little avail. One of the most interesting aspects of this series is the evolution of professor Darya Lang from the nervous academic on her first trip off her home planet in Summertide to a woman as or more capable of handling herself in a stressful situation as any of her companions in Transcendence . But, except for Lang and the android E.C. Tally, the characters are one-dimensional. Still, Sheffield's narrative is smooth, and the joys, pitfalls and dangers of exploration are conveyed well.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The search for the legendary Builders results in the reemergence of an ancient race of galactic marauders who must be stopped before they reconquer the world in this sequel to Summertide ( LJ 2/15/90) and Divergence ( LJ 2/15/91).
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (February 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345369823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345369826
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on November 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Originally planned as just a trilogy, Sheffield's Heritage Universe series originally ended with this book. Like the preceding novels, it's a treasure hunt story with an element of scientific speculation, here about quantam mechanics, thrown in.
Here the hunt is for the Zardalu, the villains of DIVERGENCE. They're alive and well and breeding, but the Federation doesn't believe they've returned after their 11,000 year absence, so Darya Lang and company from DIVERGENCE set out to bring back a live specimen. They find the Zardalu homeworld in a mysterious region of space called the Torvil Anfract, a place where the some of the phenomena of quantam physics manifest themselves on a macrosopic level.
Besides exciting escapes, scientific puzzles, and more encounters with the sentient constructs of the Builders, Sheffield does a nice job with his characters. Louis Nenda continues to deny, unconvincingly, that he has feelings for Lang. Kallik and J'merlia joyously return to servitude. One of the fe
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