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Dreamfall (Paperback)

Author:  Joan D. Vinge
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765303426
ISBN-13: 9780765303424
Sku: 36272008
Publish Date: 4/16/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  431
Age Range:  NA
 
A science fiction adventure-thriller by Hugo Award-winner Joan D. Vinge. Cat, the popular anti-hero of "Psion "and "Catspaw," " "tries to go home to a planet inhabited by Hydrans, the telepathic humanoid aliens from whom he gets his own mind-powers. Love, danger, and controversy all follow him as he tries to mine "dreamfall," the physical embodiment of thoughts that accumulate in bizarre, fascinating deposits, like a mineral, but with far greater complexities, on the planet.
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The sequel to the best-selling Catspaw and Psion continues the series featuring the telepathic, half-human Cat, who travels to his mother's native world of Refuge, where he faces an ecological catastrophe caused by greedy humans. Reprint.
Cat, the halfbreed telepath hero of Catspaw and Psion, joins a research team on Refuge, homeworld of his mother's people, the Hydrans. Immediately, he finds trouble when he helps a Hydran woman escape human pursuers.

The decimated Hydran population of Refuge is confined to a bleak "homeland," by a huge corporate state, Tau Biotech. Tau also controls Refuge's one unique natural resource, "Dreamfall." The tangible residue of cast-off thoughts from beautiful, enigmatic "cloud whales," dreamfall forms vast reefs, sacred to the Hydrans, but mere exploitable data to Tau.

Caught between Tau and desperate Hydrans who fight to reclaim their world, Cat must somehow forge the ruins of the past into a means to defeat Tau's brutality to save his people--and himself.
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Cat must solve a baffling mystery surrounding the wondrous alien life forms on the planet Refuge.
Author Bio
Joan D. Vinge
A graduate of San Diego State University with highest honors in anthropology, Joan Carol Dennison married science fiction writer Vernor Vinge in 1972, changing her name to Joan D. Vinge. Greatly influenced by Andre Norton, Vinge's first published science fiction was a short story in 1974, her debut novel, THE OUTCASTS OF HEAVEN BELT, coming four years later. Forming the first book in a duology, (the second part being 1980's LEGACY), OUTCASTS... was an elaborate tale of collapsing patriarchy among the stars. That same year, 1978, Vinge won her first Hugo Award for a story called "Eyes of Amber". In 1980 she published her second novel, THE SNOW QUEEN, to great acclaim, winning another Hugo, a Locus Award, and receiving numerous other nominations. THE SNOW QUEEN, about political machinations, cloning, and a planet with very long years, remains her most well-known book. Followed by two sequels, this series is undoubtedly her most successful work. Apart from the Cat books, a series that was expanded from a shorter piece written in her teenage years, much of the rest of her writing consists of movie novelizations--which include MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, LADYHAWKE, WILLOW, and LOST IN SPACE. Though not terrifically prolific, Vinge is clearly capable of great writing. Following a cross-country move, raising two children with her second husband, and an extended illness--she produced the third in the Cat series, 1996's DREAMFALL. The book garnered Vinge her 13th nomination in the annual Locus Reader's Poll, seeming proof that she will always have an audience.

Praise

Washington Post Book World
"Readers familiar with at least one of its prequels will find 'Dreamfall' enjoyable and exhilarating." - John H. Riskind 07/28/1996

Voya
"Filled with reference to the terrors of war and the idiocy of racial hatred this is a powerful book." - Penny Blubaugh August 1996

Locus
"Vinge has always had a talent for telling a fast-paced, suspenseful tale. Also playing to her strengths, [`Dreamfall'] mixes technology and telepathy...diverting."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0431
Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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