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Outpost

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by Scott Mackay
 

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A story of time travel, aliens and alternate history from one of Canadas most celebrated SF writers. A group of human prisoners in a hi-tech alien prison escape, only to find themselves enmeshed in a war between two alien races for control of the human past. The key to the struggle lies back in the time of the Italian Renaissance. Scott Mackay lives in Toronto,

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A story of time travel, aliens and alternate history from one of Canadas most celebrated SF writers. A group of human prisoners in a hi-tech alien prison escape, only to find themselves enmeshed in a war between two alien races for control of the human past. The key to the struggle lies back in the time of the Italian Renaissance. Scott Mackay lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Library Journal
Inmates in an alien prison begin to unravel the mysteries behind their confinement and stage a perilous escape into an unknown world. As her fragmented memories reappear, a young prisoner discovers evidence of temporal tampering in human history and searches for a means to alter the past in order to save the future. Mackay (A Friend in Barcelona, HarperCollins, 1991) deftly doles out bits and pieces of a puzzle in this fast-moving blend of mystery and sf adventure. Fans of Renaissance Italy will enjoy the cultural overtones that lend a unique atmosphere to a well-written and engrossing tale. Most libraries should own.
Kirkus Reviews
First science-fiction novel from the Canadian author of A Friend in Barcelona (not reviewed). On an unnamed planet with two red suns, a huge ancient prison run by robots is slowly breaking down. The inmates are kept in a sleepwalking, amnesiac state by means of "dreamphones" and drugs. But now, as systems fail, prisoners emerge from the haze; young Felicitas learns that Piero and Rosario, awake and aware, have been investigating the dead robot guards and the prison's automatic defenses for a way to escape. Felicitas still experiences waking dreams in which an alien "uomolupo" named Lungo Muso is trying to tell her something important. Not all the prisoners wake up; some remain "dead," controlled by beetle-like constructs that burrow into their skulls. Soon, the prison's power goes off, the dead report that troops are on the way, and Felicitas, remembering how to read the alien glyphs, discovers she has unique abilities to operate alien equipment; Lungo Muso tells her about the terrifying but crucial "outpost." The prisoners break out, though only Felicitas and Piero survive to join the "popolo" outside. Still to come: more adventures and a showdown with the dead and the aliens. An intriguing puzzle scenario and tense prison action subsiding into glutinously overelaborate, unconvincing explanations: worth trying, but don't expect to escape unscathed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312868420
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
09/04/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Mackay lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the winner of the Okanagan Short Story Award, 1994.

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Outpost 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a surprising good book! My father-in-law recommended it and I am glad he did! It has a nice mix of human history combined with a nice feel of science fiction and even a little prehistoric feel to it. I don't want to reveal too much in case some one wants to read it so pick it up!