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By John Barnes

ISBN-10: 0812516338

ISBN-13: 9780812516333

Nou Occitan is a spot the place duels are fought with equivalent ardour over insults and creative perspectives alike. Giraut--swordsman, troubador, lover--is a creature of this swashbuckling international, the main remoted of humanity's Thousand Cultures.But the winds of switch have come to Nou Occitan. because the invention of the "springer"--instantaneous interstellar trip, at a price--spreads during the human galaxy, the soundness and purity of no international, irrespective of how remoted, is secure. Nor can Giraut's lifestyles stay untouched. To his ask yourself, his is ready to discover himself made an envoy to another human international, a spot unusual past his wildest imaginings.

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And it had been true. My wearing of Raimbaut's psypyx had only confirmed what I already knew to be true, that everyone I knew was what I was. If somehow a springer door back to my own apartment were to open in front of me right then, it would make no difference; I could not return at all to what I had been—to the only thing I knew how to be. " Aimeric said. I turned to see him standing in the heatlock of Brace's house. The others had vanished. "We didn't even notice you hadn't followed us in. " I shook my head, once, to clear it.

And that was where the mystery started; it was understandable, though very improbable, that Nansen had accidentally started its own terraformation without human intervention— but where had the life that continued the process come from? Exobiologists fought over the issue with great passion and little in the way of conclusions. When Nansen's star, Mufrid, had swelled into a giant, as in practically all such cases, the FajuFakutoru Effect had stripped its gas giants of volatiles, leaving their habitable-sized cores in the process, and the very wide habitable zone of a giant star had virtually insured at least one world would fall within it.

Carruthers pressed his fingers to his gray-white temples and said, "Then they really have made no study of our culture at all. " Aimeric cued up three graphs on the big common screen. "In one sense you're right. This will all be temporary anyway, so no matter what you do, even if you have some perverse longing for disaster and go out of your way to cause it, in six or seven stanyears everything will be just fine. " "I don't have all the data on Caledony yet, and I'll be able to tell you more in a couple of days, but here's what historical experience has been everywhere: In thirty standays, the Bazaar opens in the Embassy compound.

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