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As this novel begins, the peaceful village of Çiron faces conquest and domination by the army of Myetra, as led by a cruel prince. The Myetrans subdue Çiron, killing many and enslaving the rest.

But Rahm escapes—and then befriends one of the fearsome Winged Ones, humanoids with batlike wings. Meanwhile, led by the young village garbage collector and an itinerant singer, the Çironians resist where they can, as the Myetran lieutenant Kire ...

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Overview

As this novel begins, the peaceful village of Çiron faces conquest and domination by the army of Myetra, as led by a cruel prince. The Myetrans subdue Çiron, killing many and enslaving the rest.

But Rahm escapes—and then befriends one of the fearsome Winged Ones, humanoids with batlike wings. Meanwhile, led by the young village garbage collector and an itinerant singer, the Çironians resist where they can, as the Myetran lieutenant Kire struggles with his conscience and tries to ease the Çironians' burden.

They Fly at Çiron—appearing here in its first paperback publication—offers "vintage Delany in his finest fantasy mode" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

"They Fly At Ciron is a delightful novel that would make an excellent introduction to its author's work . . . a body of work that remains the platinum standard by which other works of science fiction and fantasy should be measured."--Science Fiction Eye. Named to the annual "Best Summer Reading" list by New York Times Book Review.

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"Bringing out new early Delany is the publishing equivalent of extracting dinosaur DNA from flies embedded in amber. Would that there were more!" —William Gibson

"They Fly at Çiron is a delightful novel that would make an excellent introduction to its author's books...a body of work that remains the platinum standard by which other works of science fiction and fantasy should be measured. I was so drawn into it that I read the book in a single hungry sitting, and I imagine most readers will do the same..." Science Fiction Eye

"A tremendous story, a powerful plot, full of sex and warfare, beauty and wonder. It's got everything. You will like it." —Michael Swanwick

"An intense rapid adventure...Delany's usual musicality and precision is here expressed in an urgent clean line, which reads to me as if this great artist is perhaps entering a new period or style." —Kim Stanley Robinson

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nebula and Hugo winner Delany's latest novel expands on a short story he wrote in 1962, which his friend James Sallis ``reworked'' in 1969. In a prefatory note, Delany acknowledges Sallis's critical assistance but explains that none of Sallis's additions have been retained. It's not as stunning as Dhalgren , et al., nor as complex as the Neveryon fantasies, but it's enjoyable and stimulating nonetheless. Here, the peaceful village of Ciron faces conquest and domination by the army of Myetra, led by a cruel prince. A village youth, Rahm, encounters a Myetran advance scout, Lt. Kire, in the forest, and the Cironian's innocence confirms the already doubting Kire in his disgust for Myetran violence. Still, the Myetrans subdue Ciron, killing many and enslaving the rest. Rahm escapes and befriends one of the fearsome Winged Ones, humanoids with batlike wings. Meanwhile, led by the young village garbage collector and an itinerant singer, the Cironians resist where they can, as Kire struggles with his conscience and tries to ease the Cironians' burden. Delany invigorates a traditional fantasy plot and stylistic elements with his sensitivity and evocative language--the characters, even the Myetran soldiers, are portrayed with depth and sympathy. (Nov.)
Carl Hays
Delany's latest, a rare foray into fantasy, is a masterful revision and expansion of a story first drafted in 1962. Ciron is an almost idyllically peaceful, isolated village. The only imagined threat to it comes from the mysterious, black Winged Ones who fly overhead--the only threat, that is, until a brigade of violent intruders arrives. Led by the brutal prince Nactor, the invading Myetrans soon enslave the native Cironians with their advanced weaponry and an easy willingness to kill. Struggling to maintain their peaceful values while being treated as beasts, the Cironians form a sudden, fortuitous alliance with the surprisingly friendly Winged Ones and drive off the Myetrans on their own terms. Delany's added years of craftsmanship lend subtlety, depth of characterization, and even philosophy to an otherwise ordinary battle story. Must reading for Delany's fans and, for newcomers, a good introduction to an enduring talent.
Michelle Guthrie
After his wife's death, snake handler and cocaine addict David Bathory feels mysteriously drawn to the homeland of his vampire ancestors, where, in the wake of his father's "undeath," battle lines are being drawn between his brother Michael and uncle Stephen. As Michael and Stephen begin their war to head the vampire family, David is led down a path full of horrors and destruction during a cross-country odyssey of discovery, for the two vampires, one of them destined to carry on the Bathory tradition, are struggling for the power David could add to the one or the other. Caught between the real world and the evil his family has created over the course of centuries, David descends into an abyss of incest and satanism before he finally escapes. Baker spins a gothic tale that blends the influences of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and the general lore of vampires with sensual imagery and occult themes to create a unique novel well worthy of horror fans' attention.
New York Times Book Review
A biting parable about the bloody roots of civilization, They Fly at Ciron takes place on an unnamed world that except for the few disconcerting details could be Earth before the beginning of recorded history....Everything in this world is fresh, even the blood the antagonists spill.
Elizabeth Hand
"They Fly At Ciron is a delightful novel that would make an excellent introduction to its author's work . . . a body of work that remains the platinum standard by which other works of science fiction and fantasy should be measured."--Science Fiction Eye.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812543179
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/15/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel R. Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, in 1962 at the age of 20. He has since become one of the most widely influential SF/Fantasy writers in America. Winner of the Nebula Award for his novels Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection, Delany teaches at Temple University and lives in Philadelphia and New York.

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