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About the author:
Karen A. Wyle has been reading science fiction nonstop for some decades. The day she met her husband, they spent two hours talking about Robert Heinlein. Eventually, inevitably, she ended up writing science fiction. Wyle is also a photographer, writes picture books, follows politics obsessively, and practices appellate law. She has two daughters who are also writers and artists.
Ms Karen A Wyle
Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?
After seventy years, the human colonists still know almost nothing about the native Tofa. Misunderstandings breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating. Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin, Levi, died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.
Perhaps Mara should have expected the enigmatic Tofa to have their own reasons to support her project. Perhaps the ever-cynical Levi should have warned her that members of the human government might use her twins as weapons against the Tofa. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?
Science fiction with a sociological and psychological focus, TWIN-BRED follows in the footsteps of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness and Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.
"[O]ne of the best science fiction novels I've read in decades. . . literary fiction as well as S-F. . . one of the most original stories I've ever read, not an easy thing given the countless variations on human/alien encounters and relations already published. In addition, the book is beautifully written and riveting. The complex, flawlessly structured, plot evolves logically, but continues to surprise to the very end. There is appropriate dramatic tension throughout. Highly recommended for lovers of both cerebral S-F and literary fiction." -- author R. Lee Holz
"An original and beautifully written SciFi story . . . The Tofa are interesting and well worked out aliens . . . Wyle still leaves some hope that we as a species might one day see the light. All in all a beautiful, thought provoking tale. I will keep an eye out for Wyle's next book." -- Carien Ubink, Pearls Cast Before a McPig
"Now and then I read a really good book, and this is one of the best . . . Escaping from an over-crowded Earth, humans ... settle on Tofarn ... Trouble inevitably flares between the native Tofa and the human newcomers, mostly because of mutual ignorance. What is needed is a means of bringing the two communities closer ... What follows is the story of a scientific attempt to produce that perfect solution; the setbacks and the successes, the joys and the unforeseen disasters. A happy ending? A hopeful one, definitely! I would love a sequel to this beautifully written, captivating novel. More please!" - author Ellen Ghyll
"There is something about this book that lingers. I feel that each character reacts in authentic and appropriate ways...Wyle does not shy from the tough parts when necessary, but there is also humor and warmth when warranted. I was charmed by the young twins, part of a lofty "project," as they start acting like, well, kids. I cried more than once when Mara, the Project's director, experiences the unusual connection with her own dead twin. It feels as though there's more story to come, and I hope so. I would love to learn more about the Twin-breds and what they have to offer a universe filled with conflict. Consider this an official request for a sequel!" -- author Nadine Galinsky Feldman
(Now including the first chapter of the sequel, Reach)
- Publication Date:
- Oct 13 2011
- 1463578911 / 9781463578916
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.06" x 7.81"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / General