In addition to the saga of Recluce, L.E. Modesitt is author of numerous science fiction novels and a new epic fantasy series, The Spellsong Cycle.
Infected by nanites designed to enhance the capabilities of the human mind and body, Tyndal flees his theocratic homeland for a neighboring country inhabited by "demons" who dwell in a society of technological wonders. Modesitt's latest novel traces Tyndal's struggle to adapt to a new way of life in a society that accepts the superhuman as "natural." The author of the popular Recluce series displays a unique ability to infuse the minutiae of everyday life with depth and meaning in this stand-alone sf tale that belongs in most libraries. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
'Modesitt creates a deeper and more intricate world with each volume' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY; 'An intriguing fantasy in a fascinating world' - Robert Jordan on THE MAGIC OF RECLUCE; 'Modesitt follows the very real concerns for food, latrines, shelter, medicine, and the struggle for power within the group, while tracing the lives of gifted men and women in the process of becoming legends ' - LOCUS on FALL OF ANGELS
The transformation of a young man from an agrarian Luddite to a physiologically enhanced star pilot provides the plot for Modesitt's (The Ghost of the Revelator) latest, a far-future SF adventure. Young Tyndel is content with his career as a teacher and following the antitechnology philosophy of his religion, Dzin. But when he's infected with nanites, microscopic machines that alter his blood chemistry, he's labeled a "demon" and forced to flee his home of Dorcha for the high-tech neighboring country of Rykasha. Tyndel is welcomed by the ultra-rational Rykashans, who not only embrace his enhanced abilities, but recognize that he has innate talents that would make him an excellent intergalactic pilot. At first, Tyndel resists Cerrelle, his Rykashan teacher, and eschews the teachings administered through nanopills, preferring to work as a "low tech" worker on an orbital station. Yet eventually he relents and asks to begin training as a pilot. Tyndel overcomes his squeamishness, letting the Rykashas "adjust" his nervous system so he can complete the space program and integrate himself into his new society. Modesitt does a fine job of creating a believable world where citizens are exhorted to accept complete responsibility for their actions and genetically "rehabilitated" if they do not. While some readers might be put off by the excessive philosophizing on Dzin naturalism vs. Rykashan pragmatism, the novel is loaded with enough hard science and space opera elements to please the author's large and avid body of fans. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.