"One body, two minds--and a world in the balance!"
Marion Zimmer Bradley has written some of the finest science fiction in print. She has been away from our pages too long. So this story is in the nature of a triumphant return. It could well be her best to date.
m to try and take a light plane over those crosswinds. I survived the crash by the merest chance, and lived with the trailmen--so I'm told--until I was thirteen or fourteen. I don't remember much about it. Children aren't particularly observant."
Forth leaned over the desk, staring. "You speak their language, don't you?"
"I used to. I might remember it under hypnosis, I suppose. Why? Do you want me to translate something?"
"Not exactly. We were thinking of sending you on an expedition to the trailmen themselves."
(In the darkened office, watching Jay's startled face, I thought; God, what an adventure! I wonder--I wonder if they want me to go with him?)
Forth was explaining: "It would be a difficult trek. You know what the Hellers are like. Still, you used to climb mountains, as a hobby, before you went into Medical--"
"I outgrew the childishness of hobbies many years ago, sir," Jay said stiffly.
"We'd get you the best guides we could, Terran and Darkovan. But t
(1958) Sci-fi (Other world customs ) / Adventure
From 'Amazing Stories' November, 1958.
Great plot, characters, and tension. Good, good, science fiction writing.
Sophisticated, excellent novella-length story set on Darkover. A good example of the best kind of SF writing, where the story is about the characters and the setting is seamlessly integrated into it. Manages to pack in challenges that are psychological, physical and scientific. Does not feel dated at all.
Great to find one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's books that I hadn't read. Love her books, thoroughly enjoyed this one.