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League of Peoples Book 7

By James Alan Gardner

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In the 25th century, under the leadership of the League of Peoples, war and crime are a thing of the past and life is held sacred. That is, as long as you're healthy and beautiful. But those who are deformed, flawed or misfit in any way are destined - or is "doomed" a better word? - to become Explorers, crews assigned to probe worlds so hostile, the chances of returning are somewhere between slim and none.

A qualified member of the expendable Explorer Corps due to her untreated facial blemish, Youn Suu sets out on a standard suicidal mission. Along with her partner, Tut, Youn is tasked with investigating a sudden infestation of the Balrog - a sentient red moss that can form parasitic, symbiotic relationship with its host - on the home world of the Cashlings.

The mission takes a turn for the worse when Suu is infected with the Balrog. But just before all is lost, Suu and Tut are rescued from the planet by legendary Expendable Admiral Festina Ramos. Aboard an Outward Fleet starship, they find that the Balrog is far more intelligent and sinister than they ever could have imagined. It is only then that the scope and danger of this nightmare is truly revealed.

Biographical Notes

James Alan Gardner (1955- )
James Alan Gardner is a Canadian science fiction author, raised in Simcoe and Bradford, Ontario. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He began publishing work of genre interest with "The Phantom of the Operator" for The University of Waterloo Courier in 1984 and has also published SF short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. His short story "The Children of Creche" was awarded the Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future contest in 1989. Another story, "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream", won a Prix Aurora Award and was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Much of Gardner's career has been spent expanding the League of Peoples sequence, which begins with his first novel, Expendable (1997).

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  • Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
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