Alien Influences

Alien Influences

Rusch, Kristine Kathryn

Language: English

Publisher: Spectra

Published: Jan 1, 1994

Words: 9726
Pages: 39


On the sun-scorched planet Bountiful, human colonists live peacefully alongside natives known as Dancers until an unspeakable disaster devastates the colony. Six children found dead, their bodies marked in a bizarre parody of a Dancer ritual. The crime’s solution makes the situation worse, sending ripples throughout the sector, shattering lives. One man tries to heal those lives. But can he heal everyone involved, and still save himself? A finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke award, Alien Influences shows the talents that make Kristine Kathryn Rusch one of the most popular authors working in science fiction today. “A well-conceived, well-executed novel.”� —The New York Times Book Review “Rusch is a great storyteller.”� —Romantic Times “Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of the best writers in the field.”� —SFRevu In less than 20 years, Rusch has won most of the major sf and fantasy awards, including the Best Editor Hugo during her stint at the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction….[She] is one of the more accomplished sf authors. —Booklist International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won two Hugo awards, a World Fantasy Award, and three Asimov’s Readers Choice Awards. Her latest novel is Diving into the Wreck from Pyr. Golden Gryphon has collected her recent award winning stories in Recovering Apollo 8 And Other Stories. ** ### Review ...[a] well-conceived and well-executed novel... Readers who stay the course ... will find the end both plausible and emotionally satisfying. -- *The New York Times Book Review, Gerald Jonas* ### From the Inside Flap Bountiful is a sun-scorched, inhospitable planet, offering only one comfort to its small band of human colonists: the powerful intoxicant they create from native plants an export to other worlds. But an unspeakable disaster devastates the colony. Six of its children are found dead, their bodies marked in a bizarre parody of the puberty rites of the Dancers, Bountiful's enigmatic sentient race. Even more horrifying is the news that the murderers are not the Dancers--but eight other children of the colony. What happens when small children are changed by their environment, made into something "other, not wholly human or alien? What will become of a society irrevocably torn by nightmarish acts carried out by its most innocent members? And how far will one young man go in his obsessive quest to bring healing to eight shattered children...even if he must cross the boundaries of death itself?