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The Summer Queen (Paperback)

Author:  Joan D. Vinge
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765304465
ISBN-13: 9780765304469
Sku: 31113473
Publish Date: 5/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1.75T
Pages:  670
Age Range:  NA
 
Returning to the memorable setting and characters of the bestselling, Hugo Award-winning the Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge was nominated for another Hugo Award for this blockbuster epic that transports readers back to Tiamat and the other planets of the human-populated Hegemony. Interstellar politics, star-spanning criminal cabals, a millennia-long secret conspiracy, and a civilization whose hidden machineries might still control the fate of worlds all form the back-ground to this spectacular hard-SF novel.
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Sequel To The Hugo Award-Winning Bestseller The Snow Queen

The Summer Queen is the extraordinary sequel to one of science fiction's most celebrated novels, The Snow Queen. Set in a fully realized universe of wonders, this spectacular space epic, itself a finalist for the Hugo Award, is one of the most remarkable novels in the field.

A story that spans millennia, from the ruins of an ancient interstellar empire to the planets of the Hegemony that rules human space, The Summer Queen is the multi-layered story of Tiamat, a world where the dolphin-like mers are harvested for the youth-prolonging serum extracted from their blood. But Tiamat is much more, for beneath Carbuncle, its capital, lies the old empire's greatest secret: an enormous forgotten technology which, though decaying, continues to affect the fates of the fallen empire's remnant cultures via the sybil-network--a data bank that binds the past and the future in its web of knowledge, As the Smith, genius mastermind of the hidden interstellar Brotherhood, tries feverishly to unlock its secrets, BZ Gundhalinu desperately strives to save the Hegemony, while the Summer Queen herself dares to create a new future for her people and her planet. And though each is acting alone, their fates will entwine in an astonishing climax that will change the universe forever.
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Now that winter has changed to summer on the planet Tiamat, the reign of the Snow Queen has ended. In her place is her clone, named Moon, who is faced with a number of challenges to her new rule, not the least of which is a brewing civil war between factions of the Snow Queen's enemies. This is the sequel to THE SNOW QUEEN.This sequel to SF classic THE SNOW QUEEN was partially inspired by the Finnish myth cycle, the Kalevala. Moon Dawntreader Summer is a sibyl, a human conduit to a vast interplanetary information network. She is also the Queen of the planet Tiamat, and the guardian of a secret so important she literally cannot speak it aloud: Tiamat is the location of the artificial intelligence that regulates the sibyl network. It is Moon's task to keep the location secret and safe; and preserve the mers, the sentient sea-creatures who maintain the machine, from those who would slaughter them for their blood, the chief ingredient in a life-prolonging drug. Her task is made far more difficult when a new discovery in space travel makes the previously near-impossible voyage between Tiamat and the technologically superior worlds of the Hegemony a simple matter. And with the return of the Hegemony to Tiamat comes the man who made that discovery--Moon's former lover, BZ Gundhalinu.
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.

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"[A]n absorbing and satisfying performance." (starred review) 10/15/1991
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Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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