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The author of the book: Vonda N. McIntyre
Edition: Spectra
Date of issue: December 1st 1990
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.53 MB
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Reader ratings: 6.5
ISBN: 0553288504
ISBN 13: 9780553288506
Language: English

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“Transition” asks an important question: what if you meet the utopian high-tech galactic society, and it turns out to be full of jerks? To be fair, we only meet two members of said society, but they are pretty big jerks, and since they are official representatives of the larger group it seems pretty plausible that it is full of jerks as well. After all, sapient nature being what it is, why should’t high-tech utopians look down on the representatives of a less enlightened race? But although achieving this meeting was the Starfarer’s mission, it’s of secondary importance in the book itself. McIntyre mainly concentrates on keeping the level of suspense up: a saboteur lurks on board the Starfarer, a mysterious illness strikes Stephen Thomas, there is constant tension on board the Starfarer between those who want to continue the mission and those who want to return home to Earth, the mission itself is not (for most of the book) working out too great, and the cosmic string that allows the ship to move between the stars may not be as reliable as it was thought to be. In the course of following these various story threads, McIntyre juggles a lot of characters, mostly successfully: I even developed a sneaking sympathy for Gerald Hemminge, the vice-chancellor and leader of the return-to-Earth party, who, though a bit of an ass, has a lot to put up with. However, on occasion the strain of maintaining contact with a dozen or so significant characters starts to show, in the form of short summaries inserted, not particularly subtly, into the action. Also, I felt that the way that the saboteur plotline was resolved was poor: pinning the blame on somebody who we basically knew nothing about strikes me as a cop-out, though perhaps the later books will shed more light on him and his motivations. But mostly, McIntyre keeps you moving through the book well, and though not all her ideas make sense, they are mostly interesting.

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Ebook Transition read Online! Vonda Neel McIntyre is a U.S. science fiction author. She is one of the first successful graduates of the Clarion Science fiction writers workshop. She attended the workshop in 1970. By 1973 she had won her first Nebula Award, for the novelette "Of Mist, and Grass and Sand." This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The novelette and novel both concern a female healer in a desolate primitivized venue. McIntyre's debut novel was The Exile Waiting which was published in 1975. Her novel Dreamsnake won the Nebula Award and Hugo Award for best novel in 1978 and her novel The Moon and the Sun won the Nebula in 1997. She has also written a number of Star Trek and Star Wars novels, including Enterprise: The First Adventure and The Entropy Effect. She wrote the novelizations of the films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

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