Star Ways

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Star Ways

Star Ways

There was Joachim, captain of the Nomad star ship Peregrine, and ruler of the Peregrine clan. There were also all the ship’s officers and crew and their entire families. Bound to no world, the better part of their lives spent on the great ships, the Nomads were something like the gypsies who once roamed the lands of Earth, and something like the Vikings who once fared Earth’s seas – but different from any human society known before.

Once a year, the captains of the Nomad ships m

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2 Comments on "Star Ways"

  1. Jason S. Taylor | April 9, 2017 at 3:29 am | Reply
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    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book, Bad Copy, April 7, 2013
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    Before I read this book I might well have said that it is hardly worth writing serious space opera without proper worldbuilding and it is impossible to do that outside of a Dune sized epic. The former I might still contend. The later no longer. Poul Anderson has, in a compact novella, written a story of first contact, culture clash that is as beautiful as the author so often is, set amid a compelling description of a culture. The Nomads are classic Space Cossacks, fugitives from civilization who have set up on their own inside their starships at the edge of an expanding empire and redeveloped a tribal culture. The author goes to great work making them seem real and developing them the way such a people would develop. They live as traders and mercenaries and adventurers in the back of beyond, each ship a wandering village of it’s own like a bedouin encampment. During a traditional meeting their leaders learn of a rumor of mysterious aliens and send one of their number to investigate. On their trip they meet a Terran agent who is on the same mission. They combine forces and set off into the unknown. The nature of the aliens is kept secret until the very end making them mysterious and frightening until we meet them. They remain so after we meet them, but the author is wise enough to delay the meeting long enough to instill foreboding realizing as a good speculative author should, the power of The Unknown.

    So much for the good which is indeed good. Now for the bad. This copy is poorly done and frustrating to read. It can be read if the reader is patient and is worth the reading. But the reader must be warned.

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  2. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Crummy e-book, October 2, 2016
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    One of Poul’s earliest and worth preserving for that alone but to charge $10.00 for this very poorly edited copy of an old 150 pg novella is outrageous.
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