The Last Green Tree (Sci Fi Essential Books)

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Three hundred years have passed since the Conquest, and the Great Mage rules over all of humanity, even as cybernetic links connect the varied worlds of the empire. Vast Gates allow travel from one planet to another, across unimaginable distances. Choirs of chanting priests maintain order, their songs subtly shaping reality, while the armies of the empire have known nothing but total victory for centuries. But on the planet Aramen, where sentient trees keep human symbionts as slaves, a power has arisen that may rival that of the Great Mage himself. Hordes of unnatural creatures rampage across the planet, leaving death and destruction in their wake. An inhuman intelligence, cruel and implacable, meets the priests' sung magic with a strange new music of its own. The Anilyn Gate is shut down, cutting off Aramen from the rest of humanity. The long era of peace is over. Now, a handful of traumatized survivors must venture deep into a hostile wilderness on a desperate mission to uncover the source of the enemy's powers. And the future of the universe may depend on the untested abilities of one damaged child...

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"One of the most exciting new voices in science fiction."---Robert Silverberg "An audacious, ambitious, and highly literate author with a unique, inventive, and exotic vision of the future, and a profound understanding of the human heart."---Gardner Dozois, editor of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" anthologies "Besides magic aplenty, there is a beautifully developed spirituality . . .that elegantly evokes a reader's fascination and wonder."---"Booklist" (starred review) on "The Ordinary" "Grimsley's finely textured societies have a clockwork intricacy that fascinates. . . . Unlike many 'literary' authors, who fail when they try to write SF, PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award winner Grimsley has the necessary world-building skills to shine brightly here."---"Publishers Weekly" on "The Ordinary" ""The Ordinary" is an important novel. . . . Think of high-quality anthropological SF where antithetical societies meet, as in Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness.""---"Locus" on "The Ordinary" "In this thoughtful blend of science fiction and fantasy, Lambda Award winner Grimsley questions humanity's tendency to discount what it can't measure."---"Library Journal" on "The Ordinary" " One of the most exciting new voices in science fiction." ---Robert Silverberg " An audacious, ambitious, and highly literate author with a unique, inventive, and exotic vision of the future, and a profound understanding of the human heart." ---Gardner Dozois, editor of "The Year' s Best Science Fiction" anthologies " Besides magic aplenty, there is a beautifully developed spirituality . . .that elegantly evokes a reader' s fascination and wonder." ---"Booklist" (starred review) on "The Ordinary" " Grimsley' s finely textured societies have a clockwork intricacy that fascinates. . . . Unlike many ' literary' authors, who fail when they try to write SF, PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award winner Grimsley has the necessary world-building skills to shine brightly here." ---"Publishers Weekly" on "The Ordinary" " "The Ordinary" is an important novel. . . . Think of high-quality anthropological SF where antithetical societies meet, as in Le Guin' s "The Left Hand of Darkness,"" ---"Locus" on "The Ordinary" " In this thoughtful blend of science fiction and fantasy, Lambda Award winner Grimsley questions humanity' s tendency to discount what it can' t measure." ---"Library Journal" on "The Ordinary"

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Jim Grimsley is a 2005 recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for his fantasy novel "Kirith Kirin." He is the award-winning author of "Winter Birds, ""Dream Boy, ""My Drowning, ""Comfort & Joy, " and "Boulevard, " as well as a number of successful plays. Grimsley lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.

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