The galaxy-wide Guild of Xenolinguists handles all cross-cultural communications by sending agents abroad to learn new languages and program translation computers. The travails of novice linguists animate these 11 stories as they face much more than simple translation work, taking on alien parasites and viruses, a mysterious and violent star-faring race, dolphin instructors, and large tyrant ants. As cultures and languages collide, first contact quickly becomes a matter of morality, galactic politics, death, and war.
|Publisher:||Golden Gryphon Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.04(d)|
About the Author
Sheila Finch is the author of eight novels, 30 short stories, and several articles about science fiction. She lives in Long Beach, California.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ian Watson ix
First Was the Word 3
A Flight of Words 32
A World Waiting 49
The Roaring Ground 70
No Brighter Glory 84
Out of the Mouths 109
Stranger Than Imagination Can 133
Babel Interface 153
The Naked Face of God 171
Communion of Minds 189
Reading the Bones 210
Afterword: Berlitz in Outer Space 774
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really REALLY liked the premise of this book - that human/other-species communication doesn't just happen by magic, and there's a whole world of stories to be told around the development of xenolinguistical study/structure and cross-cultural understanding. I would've appreciated one long more-in-depth novel on the topic, but the short story format really worked for spanning the advent and development of xenolinguistics.