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Telzey Amberdon Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2000
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MEET TELZEY AMBERDON -- SHE'S NOBODY'S TOY
Telzey Amberdon was only in her teens when she discovered that she was a telepath. Not only a telepath, but a xenotelepath, able to communicate mentally not just with humans, but with alien intelligences. And she turned out to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the history of the galactic civilization called the Hub.
First she had to deal with an alien race that humans hadn't realized were intelligent, and who were about to eliminate those troublesome humans who thought they were colonizing an uninhabited world. Then, she had to fend off the secret psi agents of the Psychological Corps who took a dim view of any telepath, let alone one with Telzey's powers, operating outside of their control. Next, she stumbled across a telepathic serial killer, who used an unstoppable predator, under his mental control, to hunt and kill his victims -- and Telzey was to be the catch of the day.
It was fortunate for the human race that she survived, since she next found herself in the middle of a secret war between two hidden races of genetically engineered humans. They called it the "Lion Game", and they made the mistake of thinking that in this clash of predators, Telzey was just a harmless kitten. But when the dust settled, Telzey would be the only one purring....
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I began reading Analog magazine around 1962 and came across the some of the Telzey and Trigger stories back then. I bought the four volumes because I wanted to re-read those stories and also to read the ones I had missed.
Schmitz's writing was very good, and his stories were definitely page-turners. Of course the stories are somewhat dated, from a time when almost every science-fiction author liked to write about a future when telepathy would be widespread. Unlike Heinlein and some others, Schmitz didn't go all free-love and future-hippie in his late-1960's stories. The protagonists had love interests, but the stories were not sprinkled with gratuitous sex scenes.
The Federation of the Hub is a loose confederacy of a large number of worlds, somewhere in the far future (at least 1000 years from now), possibly located in a globular cluster. The political and social structure is interesting and unlike any present-day societies.The stories treat political, societal, and technological subjects in an adult manner, but they are also suitable for the young-adult reader.
This is the first volume of a series of stories about Telzey Amberdon, a 14-year old girl (when we first meet her) who has some extraordinary abilities- and who gets into extraordinary jams that she then has to get out of! She has style, wit, and ability, and a unique way of dealing with problems. Highly recommended!
Telzey is cool. Telzey is brilliant, beautiful, and a very independent-minded fifteen-year-old; and apparently, also a powerful latent psi (psychic). She's the genius daughter of some powerful politicians several hundred years into the future when humanity had expanded into the stars and founded homes on countless planets in a system called the Hub. Somehow our intrepid heroine ends up getting pulled into several mysteries and thrillers during the course of this book, and of course she handles herself with wit and self-confidence against the universe's fiends, human and non-. But the worst threat to this budding psi is the ever-watchful Psychology Service, which has its own agenda for her powerful talents even as it purports to protect and serve all the citizens of the Hub. Telzey has to learn a lot of psychic self-defense on the fly against her own in addition to everything else on her plate.
This is a collection of the short novellas that Schmidt wrote at various points in his career for magazines, and as such they had to be combined to make a novel hefty enough for publishing by today's standards. I rather enjoyed this format, as Telzey's character can be explored in chunks of chronological development rather than skimmed as one would through the plot of a larger novel. It works well on the level of light entertainment and gave me more natural reading breaks than the standard Chapter format.
I was also appreciative of the slightly retro flavor of stories that were written mostly during the `60s and `70s. Now and then an anachronism caught me off guard, such as a reference to a rotary dial-up communication system. But in many ways Schmidt was so ahead of his time, with the subtly feminist flavor of his themes and main characters, that I can gloss over those tiny lapses without skipping a beat. Mostly, I just have fun exploring this speculative future through Telzey.
Gosh I enjoyed getting back into the Hub universe; now I want more. Happily there are more Telzey stories out there, and soon I will be reacquainting myself with all of them and some others I had never met. It's good to live in the age of Internet bookstores!
-Andrea, aka Merribelle