Earth Made of Glass

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1999 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Welcome to the Thousand Cultures--in which humanity's hundreds of settled worlds are finally coming back together, via the recently invented technology of instantaneous travel. And in which Giraut and Margaret work as professional diplomats, helping to finesse the stresses and strains of so much abrupt new contact among wildly diverse cultures.

Now, however, their task is to bring in the terrifyingly hostile world of Briand, a planet of broiling acid oceans whose only habitable portions are Greenland-sized subcontinents that project out of the abyssal heat of the planetary surface into it stratosphere.

But Briand's physical hostility is nothing compared to the venom its two human cultures bear toward one another. Into this terrible world come Giraut and Margaret to try to do the right thing by the Cultures, by the inhabitants of Braind, and by one another.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sequel to Barnes's far-future A Million Open Doors (1992), set a millennium hence at a time when Earth's scattered colonies, long isolated by the vastness of interstellar distances, are reestablishing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Waianuhea - LibraryThing

A worthy successor to A Million Open Doors. The depth of the cultures is just as believable and stunning as the first book. The story was sad but in ways that were totally expected. Read this! John ... Read full review

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Jaguar Quitze Neytal
Sudden Jaguar Mullai
Not Right Now Kurinci
Dark Jaguar Palai

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Page 7 - For now we see through a glass darkly ; but then face to face ; now I know in part ; but then I shall know even as also I am known.
Page 7 - The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.

About the author (1999)

John Barnes is the award-winning author of Orbital Romance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, Earth Made of Glass, The Merchants of Souls, Candle, and many other novels. With Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he wrote the novels Encounter with Tiber and The Return. He lives in Colorado.

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