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Under Cover of Darkness

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by Julie E. Czerneda
     
 

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FOURTEEN ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES OF SECRET AGENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE LEFT THEIR MARK ON TIME AND SPACE...

From the true role of the Freemasons to Chronographers who steal pieces of time to an assassin hired by a group that reweaves the threads of history, here are fourteen imaginative tales of time and space and realms beyond our own-all watched over,

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FOURTEEN ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES OF SECRET AGENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE LEFT THEIR MARK ON TIME AND SPACE...

From the true role of the Freemasons to Chronographers who steal pieces of time to an assassin hired by a group that reweaves the threads of history, here are fourteen imaginative tales of time and space and realms beyond our own-all watched over, preserved, or changed by those who work covertly under cover of darkness.

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Science fiction and fantasy fans who enjoy their stories laden with secrecy and intrigue (underground societies, double agents, covert organizations, etc.) will undoubtedly enjoy the new DAW anthology Under Cover of Darkness, which features 14 original short stories from illustrious genre veterans like Larry Niven, Tanya Huff, and Janny Wurts, as well as numerous talented newcomers like Amanda Bloss Maloney and Stephen Kotowych.

"The Sundering Star" by Wurts is perhaps the collection's most outstanding work. Susan Amanda MacTavich is a respected WorldFleet officer who, unbeknownst to everyone around her, is an undercover operative for a shadowy benevolent order. The secret sisterhood's objective directly conflicts with a WorldFleet mission involving the remote planet of Scathac, a "mottled mudball" of a world rich with precious minerals essential in the building of WorldFleet starships. Standing in the way of "progress" is a group of tribesfolk with powerful paranormal abilities. Will MacTavich be responsible for an act of high treason or heroism -- or both? Other noteworthy selections include Doranna Durgin's "The Scoria," about a group of outcasts afflicted with "otherness" -- abandoned at the outskirts of the city as infants to die -- who have miraculously survived and come together to create their own society. Another standout is Niven's "The Gatherer's Guild," which takes a decidedly radical look at the future of the IRS.

Packed with a highly diverse assortment of bite-sized literary confections, this new DAW anthology should appeal to anyone who appreciates intelligent, lucid conspiracy theory stories à la Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756404048
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's 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.

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Under Cover of Darkness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The premise of this enjoyable anthology is that covert groups working behind the scenes influence and even cause major events to happen. The fourteen tales run the gamut from suspense thriller to science fiction and even fantasy as the contributors develop secret societies that also range from total controlling to stand-by chronicler/watcher. The entries are interesting though the short story format does not allow for major background development especially of the clandestine societies (this reviewer would not mind several expanded into novellas). Still these are exciting tales whether they have the Freemasons pulling strings, the Scoria changing their existence, the Dancer in Toronto or elves warring in London. Suspense readers especially conspiracy fans especially will appreciate this fine compilation of new stores of covert factions working behind the scenes. --- Harriet Klausner