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In the Company of Others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Enjoyed this.

    Just like her other books, Czerneda excellently explores the different / maybe alien living and protected by extraordinary friends among those called human.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Excellent !!! The Author is truly a unique voice in Sci Fi

    I am an avid fan of the author, hugely enjoyed her other works. For some reason I missed this novel when it first came out. While recently checking if she had anything new published I stumbled across IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS. Finished it in one sitting.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Highlander in outer space

    Mankind broke free of the solar system and terra-formed sixteen different planets so humans can live on them. Then the Quill, a fungus like organism with soothing properties was found on a planet. They quickly spread throughout the terra-formed world, killing everyone on it. The people of earth abandoned those living outside the solar system out of fear that the Quill would invade the home world. <P>At Thromberg Station, Dr. Gail Smith, backed by soldiers, searches for Pardell, a person who was born on a Quill infested planet. Pardell has gold veins that make him sensitive to touch. However, he agrees to accompany Gail back to his home world in an attempt to rid the orb of the Quill. <P> IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS is a big juicy novel that provides for outer space buffs what Highlander did for immortal gurus. Fans will enjoy this book as Julie E. Czerneda shows she is an up and coming talent by writing a tale with a strong plot populated by complex and diverse characters. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001


    The one aspect that keeps me interested in a book is the character developement. They have to be strong and believable. IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS has strong believable characters and a plethora of them! In the true Czerneda style this stand-alones characters draw you so deeply into the story that you could quite possible lose an entire day to reading. I found the stationers to be so totally different from anything I've ever experienced that they became intriguing. The research crew was completely different from the stationers and their interactions show that. The two sets of characters played off each other extremely well. Within the larger communities there are specific individuals that stand out. These interactions are what round out the intensity of characters. Ms. Czerneda created totally believable relationships in what turns out to be a believable environment. Yes, this is science FICTION but you forget the fiction part after page 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    Forget the Beach! This is better!

    The story begins by acquainting the reader with the Way Things Are, which is Not Too Good. The people of Earth grew weary of looking for 'Others' out there in space and decided that the only 'Others' they would ever find would be themselves. So they set about terraforming suitable worlds to allow the teeming masses of Earth to expand outward into Space. At the same time explorers were searching deep space. These explorers found harmless creatures that they called the Quill. But somewhere along the way things went horribly wrong and the innocuous Quill became deadly. They took over all of the terraformed planets, leaving the eager colonists stranded on the Colonizing Space Stations. The people of Earth refused to let their stranded colonists come home from these stations for fear that they would bring the Quill home with them and Humanity would be forever destroyed. There is low-level conflict throughout the book, yet no enemies or bad guys! The Station factions are the Immies, Stationers, and 'Siders who all co-exist in a delicate balance of needs and power. They dance around each other with their mutual needs just to survive, but conflicts inevitably arise. The characters in 'Company' remain engaging and likeable whichever side of these conflicts they are on because you understand why they do what they do. This book is extremely good at 'putting you there' where the action is. You can almost smell the recycling floor on the Space Station with its unusual staff. Staff like Malley, a large muscular person who is really too intelligent to be where he is, but smart enough to know how to survive. Others on the Station include Pardell, a sensitive man with special problems and special abilities, both of which make him so dangerous that people can't even touch him. Into this mix barges the Earther faction led by Dr. Gail Veronika Ashton Smith, biologist, researcher, and all around determined person who has a novel theory about the Quill and somehow manages to get the research funds to pursue it. The payoff? 17 terraformed worlds ready for colonists. You can almost feel the wind on a virgin planet, and want to laugh and cry at the triumphs and frustrations as you read this book. Unlike many books I've read recently, at the end of this one you care about what happens to the people, and the Quill. Whether you laugh, cry or think, 'Gee. That could happen,' at the ending, my bet is that you will have enjoyed the trip and be looking for more.

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