Probability Space

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Macmillan, Jan 5, 2004 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Nancy Kress cemented her reputation in SF with the publication of her multiple-award–winning novella, “Beggars in Spain,” which became the basis for her extremely successful Beggars Trilogy (comprising Beggars in Spain, Beggars and Choosers, and Beggars Ride).

And now she brings us Probability Space, the conclusion of the trilogy that began with Probability Moon and then Probability Sun, which is centered on the same world as Kress’s Nebula Award-winning novelette, “Flowers of Aulit Prison.” The Probability Trilogy has already been widely recognized as the next great work by this important SF writer.

In Probability Space, humanity’s war with the alien Fallers continues, and it is a war we are losing. Our implacable foes ignore all attempts at communication, and they take no prisoners. Our only hope lies with an unlikely coalition: Major Lyle Kaufman, retired warrior; Marbet Grant, the Sensitive who’s involved with Kaufman; Amanda, a very confused fourteen-year-old girl; and Magdalena, one of the biggest power brokers in all of human space.

As the action moves from Earth to Mars to the farthest reaches of known space, with civil unrest back home and alien war in deep space, four humans--armed with little more than an unproven theory--try to enter the Fallers’ home star system. It’s a desperate gamble, and the fate of the entire universe may hang in the balance.
 

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CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS UNITED ATLANTIC FEDERATION EARTH
19
WALTON SPACEPORT UNITED ATLANTIC FEDERATION EARTH
27
LOWELL CITY MARS
38
LUNA CITY
47
EN ROUTE TO MARS
61
SPACE TUNNEL 1
68
LOWELL CITY MARS
82
WORLD
92
ABOARD THE MURASAKI
210
ABOARD THE MURASAKI
222
ABOARD THE MURASAKI
231
ABOARD THE MURASAKI
235
THARSIS MARS
248
CALIGULA SPACE
254
THARSIS MARS
271
ARTEMIS SYSTEM
280

GOFKIT SHAMLOE
102
LOWELL CITY MARS
114
LOWELL CITY
123
GOFKIT SHAMLOE
137
GOFKIT SHAMLOE
149
THARSIS MARS
160
WORLD
170
AT SPACE TUNNEL 438
179
AT SPACE TUNNEL 438
191
LOWELL CITY MARS
197
IN Q SPACE
294
ABOARD A FALLER STATION
303
Q SPACE
312
THARSIS MARS
324
SPACE TUNNEL 1
331
THARSIS PLAIN MARS
337
SPACE TUNNEL 1
346
THERA STATION MARS ORBIT
357
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Page 11 - Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate, All but the page prescribed, their present state: From brutes what men, from men what spirits know: Or who could suffer being here below? The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed today, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? Pleased to the last, he crops the flowery food, And licks the hand just raised to shed his blood.
Page 1 - Kress proves her comprehensive mastery of the hard-science tale of interstellar war and intrigue.

About the author (2004)

Nancy Kress was born and raised in upstate New York, where she spent most of her childhood either reading or playing in the woods. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education, as well as an M.A. in English. While she was pregnant with the second of her two sons, she started writing fiction. She had never planned on becoming a writer, but staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment.

In 1990 she went full-time as an SF writer. The first thing she wrote in this new status was the novella version of Beggars In Spain, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award. She is the author of more than twenty books, including more than a dozen novels of science fiction and fantasy, as well as three story collections, and two books on writing. Of her most recent novels, Probability Space (Tor, 2002) won the John W. Campbell Award for Best SF novel. Her short fiction has appeared in all the usual places, garnering her one Hugo and three Nebula Awards. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Croatian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Greek, Hebrew, and Russian. She is also the monthly "Fiction" columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and she teaches writing regularly at various places, including Clarion and The Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She currently resides in Rochester, New York.

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