Guild of Xenolinguists

Guild of Xenolinguists


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930846487
Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 300
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

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Guild of Xenolinguists 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tinLizzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.