A Thousand Words for Stranger (Trade Pact Universe Series #1)

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The tenth anniversary edition of Julie Czerneda's debut science fiction novel, the story of a woman on the run, from the law, her own people, and an unknown pursuer. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, Sira must stay free long enough to regain her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers-for failure may cost not only her own future but that of her entire race.

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Overview

The tenth anniversary edition of Julie Czerneda's debut science fiction novel, the story of a woman on the run, from the law, her own people, and an unknown pursuer. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, Sira must stay free long enough to regain her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers-for failure may cost not only her own future but that of her entire race.

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What People Are Saying

Robert J. Sawyer
A wonderful new voice in science fiction -- sure to be one of the fastest rising stars of the new millenium.
Josepha Sherman
A wonderfully entertaining SF adventure with fascinating, well-developed characters. A must read!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756404581
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Trade Pact Universe Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 438,081
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at www.czerneda.com.

Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at www.czerneda.com.

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Interviews & Essays

My first novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger, started as a way to let my imagination get out and have fun with some biological concepts I was researching, namely evolution and population dynamics. I wondered how experiencing rapid evolution might affect a sentient species. I gave such a species, the Clan, an inheritable ability so desirable they made every effort to enhance it. I linked this ability, telepathy/teleportation, to a biologically hardwired selection process, making the 'cost' of increasing this ability rise geometrically with each generation. Thousand takes place as the Clan's evolution is about to hit the biological wall, a discovery made by one individual who struggles to overcome Clan xenophobia about other species -- Strangers -- in order to seek a solution. It was fun to write, especially when the characters took over the plot and surprised me!
—Julie Czernada
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Engaging story

    Believable characters and cool races. Julie Czerneda writes an excellent sci fi series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    Odd, but good

    I began reading this author with her book 'In the Company of Others'. Her writing style is interesting, in that you see the story progressing from many points of view, but all first person. The same writing style was employed in this novel, and this communicated the story very effectively. You become entwined with the characters, and I can't wait to start the second book, to see what and who the main character becomes. Also, I couldn't put the book down, as the pace of the story allows no respite for a breather, but is something that I had to finish in one sitting. I was carried along in the story, on the adventure, and for me, this is one of the best things that can recommend a story!

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Good story, I love the way the book progresses. I can't wait to

    Good story, I love the way the book progresses. I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2000

    A Wonderful Novel

    A woman with amnesia and on the run is forced to seek the aid of a space ship captian who might be the last person she can trust. This is a book that was difficult to put down. The twist and turns are wonderful. It has a little bit of everything. The sequel is equally engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Boring

    Not exactly engaging. I too easily put it down and couldn't pick it back up. Better off with so many other books out there.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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