Strings

Strings

Dave Duncan

Language: English

Publisher: Del Rey

Published: Jan 1, 1990

Words: 115578
Pages: 436

Description:

Alya has an almost magical talent. Her hunches are never wrong. The scientists of planet 4‑I want to use her talent and promise her a spot on the next off-world colonization team in return for her assessment of the potential of the latest worlds they have discovered. But Alya meets Cedric, the grandson of the brilliant and tyrannical director of 4‑I, and she begins to doubt her own intuition. Cedric has dreamed of becoming a scout and exploring new worlds, and when he meets Alya, he is more determined than ever to leave 4‑I with her. His grandmother needs him on 4‑I, though, because she has schemes afoot to protect her planet and to cover up a murder, and she does not intend to let him go. However, she has underestimated her grandson—and the young woman whose intuition is strong and whose destiny is linked to Cedric’s. ** ### From the Inside Flap es were never wrong. So the scientists of 4-I were happy to promise her a place in the next offworld colonization team if she agreed to assess the potential of the latest worlds they had discovered. Then she met Cedric, the grandson of 4-I's brilliant and tyrannical director, and for the first time ever she began to doubt her uncanny intuition. Cedric dreamed of becoming a scout and exploring other worlds. When he met the lovely Alya he was more determined than ever to leave Earth -- with her. His grandmother, though, needed him as a pawn in her Machiavellian plot to cover up a murder and protect 4-I itself from being destroyed. She had no intention of letting him go. But the director underestimated her grandson -- and the woman whose destiny seemed linked with his . . . ### About the Author Dave Duncan, born in Scotland in 1933, is a Canadian citizen. He received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. He moved to Canada in 1955, where he still lives with his wife. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. He spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist. He has had dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels published, among them *A Rose-Red City*, *Magic Casement*, and *The Reaver Road*, as well as a highly praised historical novel, *Daughter of Troy*, published, for commercial reasons, under the pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin. He also published the Longdirk series of novels, *Demon Sword*, *Demon Knight*, and *Demon Rider*, under the name Ken Hood. In the fall of 2007, Duncan’s 2006 novel, *Children of Chaos*, published by Tor Books, was nominated for both the Prix Aurora Award and the Endeavour Award. In May 2013, Duncan, a 1989 founding member of SFCanada, was honored by election as a lifetime member by his fellow writers, editors, and academics. His website is www.daveduncan.com.