Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

by Catherine Wells


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Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells

"Dhrusil-matkhashi is a wasteland. The soil is sterile. Why do you suppose we stay on this continent?"

Marta, a graduate student researching indigenous life on isolationist Dray's Planet, discovers an animal that can't be indigenous, but which can't have come from anywhere else. The puzzle convinces the Children of the Second Revelation to bring two Unbelievers into their closed society. As the rival offworld scientists trek into the harsh desert to determine the creature's origins, Marta stumbles onto another mystery: why do folk tales speak of roarings and screechings from the planet's second continent, the uninhabitable Land Beyond the Gates? And why are the Faithful forbidden to set foot there?

Religious leaders will not sanction a trip to the uncharted land they deem uninhabitable. Marta must keep her expedition from coming to their attention, while keeping her difficult offworlders on task. After that, uncovering the secrets of the prohibited place ought to be the easy part. But they still have to live to tell the tale...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941917046
Publisher: Desert Moon Press
Publication date: 04/18/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Catherine Wells is the author of numerous novels and short stories of speculative fiction. Her works include Mother Grimm, a finalist for the 1997 Philip K. Dick Award, and the Coconino trilogy, both available from Phoenix Pick. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Asimov's Magazine of Science Fiction, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, as well as anthologies such as Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse and Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction. For historical fiction fans, her novel Macbeatha is available from Desert Moon Press.

Ms. Wells holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona and has been both a science and technology librarian and a medical librarian Tucson, Arizona. She is married with two grown children and enjoys hiking and choral singing.

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Beyond the Gates 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a university researcher myself I thought the portrayal of research and academics was spot on. I did find it a bit slow at times but the world building and characters were good.