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When student Biron Farrill narrowly survives an attempt on his life, enigmatic Sander Jonti urges him to leave Earth for Rhodia under an assumed identity. During the journey Biron realizes he has been betrayed to the Tyranni, a short, ugly race which has subjugated the known galaxy. Released from custody in the hope that he will lead them (the Tyranni authorities) to a conspiracy, Biron does indeed meet conspirators, in the shape of Artemisia, the voluptuous daughter of the Director of Rhodia, and Gillbret, her effeminate uncle. Fleeing Rhodia in a stolen spaceship, the trio head for Lingane, where Gillbret believes the Autarch heads a conspiracy against the Tyranni. Could an unidentified planet and a document from ancient Earth hold the key to freedom for the galaxy?
This report prepared by Stephen Coombs








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   distant future Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   futuristic human freighter/transport A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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