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Angelmass by Timothy Zahn

Angelmass, a black hole deep in space, emits "angels," small particles that render humans calm, reasonable, and virtually incapable of lying. The Empyrean, human colonies in the far reaches of the galaxy, has discovered the angels and the power they wield. All members of Empyrean government must carry an angel.

The Earth-based Empire, the Pax, view the angels as an alien plot to subvert humanity. They dispatch Jereko Kosta, an innocent academic, to spy on the Empyrean and find out the truth about angels. With Chandris, a grifter who dogs his steps, he enlists on an "angel-hunting" ship. Close up, Kostas learns the angels may be more dangerous than the Pax fear.

Before he can react, the Pax dispatches their most powerful warship to confront the Empyrean. Now, Kosta and Chandris, among the few who know the truth about the angels, stand between the Empyrean, the Pax, and war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429954907
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 309,496
File size: 528 KB

About the Author

Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty science fiction novels. He has also written many short stories, as well as Cascade Point, which won the Hugo Award for best novella. His other works include the Dragonback series, of which Dragon and Thief was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and the bestselling Star Wars™ novel, Heir to the Empire. Zahn lives in Oregon.

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TRFeller More than 1 year ago
I took a “Science and Science Fiction” course at Vanderbilt during the winter quarter, during which the teacher discussed black holes, particle physics, faster-than-light travel, Hawking radiation, and other subjects in physics, which also play a large part of the story in this hard science fiction novel. It is set on the planet Seraph which shares its star system with a black hole, called “Angelmass”, which emits mysterious particles called “angels”. These particles make people reasonable, calm, honorable, and almost incapable of lying. Seraph is outside the control of Pax, a human empire, so the Pax military recruit a scientist, Jereko Kostas, to spy for them and prepare the way for an invasion. He encounters Chandris Lelasha, a young grifter fleeing her abusive lover, and they help each other. It was nice to see Zahn taking a break from writing Star Wars novels, and I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angelmass is a black hole that spits out these "Angel" particle like things that are worn as a necklace by the Empyreans that make them passive and constrained. On the other side of the galaxy, the Pax believe that the angels are an alien invasion and are getting ready to do battle using the mother of all star-ships. The characters and story are great, well written and very entertaining.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Angelmass is Timothy Zahn's best book yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written story with a rather interesting ending. No one can write a science fiction novel as creative as Timothy Zahn's. I was very pleased with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent, like all of Zahn's books due to the depth to which his characters are developed. The fact that it has a first class story that is really different doesn't hurt either.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The black hole dubbed ¿ANGELMASS¿ because of what it emits has dramatically changed the Empyrean colonists on planet Seraph. Apparently the unique particles impact people so that everyone goes out of their way to befriend everyone else. Peace, tranquillity, and honesty run the Empyrean colony, as ethical behavior is more than just the norm, it is six sigma. However, even with this high rate of adherence to using ANGELMASS to promote peace, some individuals fear the loss of free will. Still the Empyrean senate agrees to reject overtures to join the Pax Comitus alliance controlled by Earth.

When word reaches earth about these so-called ¿angels¿, the leadership concludes that it is a Trojan Horse sent by aliens to conquer humanity. To learn more about the perceived danger from the angels, earth dispatches subatomic research scientist Jereko Kostas to investigate. He quickly joins forces with thief Chandris Lalasha, Empyrean Senator Forsythe and his aide Ronyon in a quest for the truth.

ANGELMASS is as deep a science fiction adventure tale as one can get due to the powerful characterizations and the profound look at intergalactic political, social, and behavioral interactions. The question of what is and who determines ethics is interwoven into the fantastic story line without slowing done the action. Timothy Zahn paints quite a landscape that enables the reader to understand the author¿s message while entertaining the wide spectra of speculative fiction fans who will fully enjoy this zestful outer space novel that seems like a throw back to the Golden Age.

Harriet Klausner