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The Ordinary (Paperback)

Author:  Jim Grimsley
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765305291
ISBN-13: 9780765305299
Sku: 31214534
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  368
Age Range:  NA
 
Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes an ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic. The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.
Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.
"The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together.
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Believing her technologically advanced civilization to be superior to a superstitious planet to which hers is linked by the Twil Gate portal, linguist Jedda Martele finds herself rethinking her beliefs in the wake of a series of unimaginable events and imminent war. Reprint.
Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes an ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic.||
The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.||Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.||The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together.|
The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.Believing her technologically advanced civilization to be superior to a superstitious planet to which hers is linked by the Twil Gate portal, linguist Jedda Martele finds herself rethinking her beliefs in the wake of a series of unimaginable events and imminent war. Reprint.
Jim Grimsley's novels and short stories have been favorably compared to the works of Samuel R. Delany, Jack Vance, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Now he unleashes an ambitious and audacious collision between science and magic.
 
The Twil Gate links two very different realms. On one side of the portal is Senal, an advanced technological civilization of some thirty billion inhabitants, all cybernetically linked and at war with machine intelligences many light-years away. On the other side is Irion, a land of myth and legend, where the world is flat and mighty wizards once ruled.

Jedda Martele is a linguist and trader from Senal. Although fascinated by the languages and cultures of Irion, she shares her people's assumption that Irion is backward and superstitious and no match for her homeland's superior numbers and technology. But as the two realms march inevitably toward war, Jedda finds herself at the center of historic, unimaginable events that will challenge everything she has ever believed about the world--and herself.

The Ordinary is a powerful and entrancing tale of magic, science, and the mysterious truth that binds them together.
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This blend of fantasy and social science fiction explores a rich, exotic culture in a manner reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin's THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS. While it is a standalone work, it shares elements both from the author's previous fantasy novel KIRITH KIRIN and SF short stories published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. The scientists of the technologically advanced Hormling society do not understand how the Twil Gate connects their overpopulated world of Senal to the country of Irion. That doesn't stop the Hormlings from attempting to acquire Irion's vast lands for its people. Given that Irion's seemingly primitive inhabitants actually believe in magic, the Hormlings expect little effective resistance. But when a planned invasion of Irion goes tragically awry, one Hormling, the linguist Jedda Martele, will discover the truth about magic and the Gate, as well as discovering some truths about herself and the person she is destined to love.

Praise

Locus
"...[A]n important novel." - Faren Miller May 2004

Romantic Times BOOKclub
"This is a story that will appeal to be diehard fantasy and science fiction readers, which makes it quite an achievement." - Jen Talley Exum June 2004

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Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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