This Alien Shore

This Alien Shore

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by C. S. Friedman
     
 

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It is the secondstage of human colon-ization—the first age, humanity's initial attempt to peoplethe stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's originalsuperluminal drive did permanent genetic damage to all who used it—mutatingEarth's far-flung colonists in mind and body. Now, one of Earth's first colonieshas given humanity back the stars

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It is the secondstage of human colon-ization—the first age, humanity's initial attempt to peoplethe stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's originalsuperluminal drive did permanent genetic damage to all who used it—mutatingEarth's far-flung colonists in mind and body. Now, one of Earth's first colonieshas given humanity back the stars, but at a high price—a monopoly over all humancommerce. And when a satellite in earth's outer orbit is viciously attacked bycorporate raiders, an unusual young woman flees to a ship bound for theUp-and-Out. But her narrow escape does not mean safety. For speeding across thegalaxy pursued by ruthless, but unknown adversaries, this young woman willdiscover a secret which is buried deep inside her psyche—a revelation theuniverse may not be ready to face....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a far-future interstellar society, star travel is monopolized by the Outspace Guild, which controls the only method of faster-than-light travel that doesn't result in horrible mutations among the star travelers. Now a deadly software virus is attacking Guild members, so the Guild's investigators, led by Dr. Masada, must learn where it came from and how to defeat it before interstellar society breaks down. Meanwhile, a young woman, Jamisia Shido, has to flee for her life from a space habitat near Earth, where all mutations are forbidden and launched, if discovered, into Guild-controlled interstellar space. Secret illegal therapy for a disaster that killed her parents has left Jamisia with an acute form of multiple-personality disorder--and may have made her the key in the fight against the virus. The plot of this stout novel is simple, with few really original details, and the Guild and Jamisia subplots fail to connect until far into the story. Still, Friedman (the Coldfire trilogy) keeps her tale moving at a vigorous pace that's boosted through an abundance of well-chosen details, such as those accruing to the characterization of Jamisia's unruly guest personality. The novel may read like a cross between cyberpunk and Star Wars, but it is likely to hold readers' interest tenaciously. The ending neither requires nor precludes a sequel, so readers are left with some hope of again encountering Jamisia and the duel between the Guild and Earth that backdrops her adventures. (Nov.)
VOYA - Marsha Valance
Shocked by mutations caused by FTL (faster-than-light) travel, generations ago Earth's population withdrew from interstellar space, abandoning struggling colonies. When the colonist's descendants, the mutated Variants, rediscovered FTL travel only Gueran pilots (members of the Outspace Guild) could bring them safely through the anniq. This transportation monopoly offers the Guild almost total control over interstellar trade-a situation frustrating for Earth's corporations. Now a computer virus is attacking the minds of the Gueran pilots, threatening to disrupt the communication and trade upon which human civilization depends. Suddenly, Jamisia, an orphaned teenage girl reared in the Shido Corporation's Earth-orbit habitat, is rousted from bed into an escape pod during a corporate raid and shot off toward a rendezvous with an interstellar liner, pursued by the raiders who were after her all along. Jamisia must discover both who she is and why she is being pursued before she can figure out how to escape. During her flight, the reader gains an overview of the disparate cultures of the habitats, the interstellar liners, the Variant colonies, and the interstellar space stations where the Earthies and Variants meet to trade. Aided by a Gueran theoretician, a station "moddie" (computer hacker), and the Outspace Guild themselves, Jamisia and the multiple personalities that occupy her body must work together for the survival not only of a teenage girl, but of civilization itself. A must buy for all high school libraries, Friedman's novel is a fast-paced flight through a well-constructed future civilization. Her viewpoint characters are vividly realized and sympathetic, as are the supporting cast, the credible settings, and the varied motivations-all of which are rendered believable through minimal exposition. This combination of a disaster thriller with a coming-of-age novel has a skillful pacing, which carries the reader along so that the length and depth of the book are not overwhelming. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).
Gerald Jonas
. . .Friedman has created a potent metaphor for the toleration of diversity -- an ever-evolving society where 'the genes of wild genius' are acknowledged as necessary for survival.
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886777999
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
612,535
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

An acknowledged master of Dark Fantasy, Celia Friedman is a John W. Campbell award finalist, and the author of the highly acclaimed Coldfire Trilogy, New York Times Notable Book of the Year This Alien Shore, In Conquest Born, The Madness Season, The Wilding and The Magister Trilogy.  Ms. Friedman worked for twenty years as a professional costume designer, but retired from that career in 1996 to focus on her writing. She lives in Virginia, and can be contacted via her website, www.csfriedman.com.

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This Alien Shore 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"This Alien Shore" is a addition to any readers collection if they are interested in science fiction or fantasy. The story is riveting and has you dying to find out what happens next! As a fan of all of C.S. Freidman's books, this certainly lives up to my admiration of the Coldfire trilogy and the other terrific stories. Hopefully, newer titles will be released and cause the same effect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Alien Shore is a book that will please seasoned veterans and new readers alike. With the perfect combination of 'biography-like' plot and overall plot of the very workings of society, this book both pleases the dramatic and intellectual sides of the mind. Don't get this book unless you don't need sleep. I finished it in one day/night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ninety-five percent of my favorite stories are in that 1 percent of sci-fi that I find appealing. Sci-fi done right is a beautiful, if elusive thing. This Alien Shore is a wonderful example of sci-fi done right. Of that 1 percent sliver of the genre I consider apealing, This Alien Shore falls in the top 10 percent.
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I am only 14 years old and I already read most of the book. One day,our teacher said we are going to read a book called,'This Alien Shore'. We all got copies of the first two chapters. The moment my teacher started reading,I got sucked in. I love science fition books. The teacher whited out all the cuss words. But, he missed a couple of cuss words, so we started laughing. Our teacher substituted the words, but it was hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.S. Frieman once again delivers the goods. A fan of hers for years, I am impressed by the scope of this book. She crafts her characters with the comsulamte skill of a master, imbuing wach with depth of emotion and motivation that is rarely seen in sci-fi. A must have for anyone interested in science-fiction