A.C. Crispin is a seven time New York Times best-selling author and has more than 24 novels under her belt. She has written both for media tie ins (Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, V) as well as her own original work published both individually and through collaborations. With Andre Norton she wrote two books from the Witch World series.
Shadow World (StarBridge Series #3)by A. C. Crispin
The golden-eyed Elspind live brief but fulfilling lives. Gaining membership into the Cooperative League of Systems could bring many benefits…including a drug that would greatly extend their lives, but some are opposed to such infringement—violently opposed. Can a soon-to-be StarBridge
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The golden-eyed Elspind live brief but fulfilling lives. Gaining membership into the Cooperative League of Systems could bring many benefits…including a drug that would greatly extend their lives, but some are opposed to such infringement—violently opposed. Can a soon-to-be StarBridge interrelator on the verge of dropping out unite the people of Elseemar? Come along with Mark, Cara, and Eerin on an adventure filled with danger where a single misstep could mean disaster.
PRAISE FOR THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
“This series offers well-told tales with a welcome note of realism about interspecies relationships…Recommended.” — Booklist
“These novels challenge our understanding among intelligent races…Readers will care about these characters.” — Library Journal
“Crispin’s aliens are a diverse and fascinating lot…She’ll be the leading candidate for the title of the ‘the Norton of the 1990s!’” — Dragon Magazine
“Rousing adventure…a very exciting and reader-enticing series!” — Andre Norton
BOOKS IN THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
Book 1: StarBridge - Earth discovers they are not the only sentient beings in the universe and their first contact turns deadly in an unfortunate turn of events.
Book 2: Silent Dances - Deaf since birth, Tesa is the perfect ambassador to the alien Grus whose sonic cries can kill. Has earth made its own discovery of a new sentient species?
Book 3: Shadow World - A young man learns how to cope with death from a golden-eyed race of beings with tragically short lives.
Book 4: Serpent’s Gift - A young girl creates a mind-link with the StarBridge computer, and a series of deadly accidents threatens all life on the asteroid.
Book 5: Silent Songs - Amphibious beings from a distant world land on the planet Trinity, threatening the native creatures and the StarBridge ambassadors.
Book 6: Ancestor’s World - When a member of an archeological team on the planet Na-Dina is brutally murdered, Mahree Burroughs arrives to find the killer, no matter the cost.
Book 7: Voices of Chaos - The feline beings known as Arrekhi have requested admission into the Cooperative League of Systems, but they are harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.
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In Shadow World, A.C. Crispin and Jannean Elliot look at culture clash on the most primal level, that of attitudes about life and death. The short-lived Elspind start their lives gender-neutral, then go through their version of puberty, emerging with a gender. They then have a strong urge to mate, maybe because they die within a few years after that. Scientists are working on medically extending this race's life span, but many of the Elspind oppose this treatment, some violently. The Elspind deal with their short lives by celebrating each day and each life, even those of their enemies, and that's difficult for some longer-lived races to understand. The book revolves around these conflicts, as seen through the eyes of a Starbridge student who's still coming to terms with his mother's recent death. This third installment of the Starbridge series gives us a look at the inner workings of the Starbridge academy and at the continuing conflict among some of the Cooperative League of Systems' members. We also touch base with some familiar characters from the first book, StarBridge. It's a great third installment, and I'm looking forward to the next one.