Power Lines

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Ballantine Books, 1994 - Fiction - 313 pages
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"The natives of Petaybee claimed their planet was sentient, but the officials of Intergal did not believe them. While it was obvious that the icy planet had undergone some recent turmoil-early thaw, violent volcanic and seismic activity-a little research would surely find some clear explanation, such as side effects of incomplete and faulty terraforming. Certainly nothing mystical, like a world with a mind of its own. What was more, the planet was rich in valuable ore, and now that someone had figured out how to find and mine that ore, nothing would stop Intergal from stripping the planet-alive or not. Yanaba Maddock's short-lived career as a company spy had ended the moment the planet and its people had adopted her as one of their own. Now she was dedicated to keeping Intergal from exploiting and wounding-or even killing-the world she had come to love. As an ex-company soldier who had extensive experience with the bureaucracy, she felt most qualified to be the Petaybeans' spokesperson. And she even had an ally within Intergal itself: Dr. Whittaker Fiske, the scientist responsible for terraforming the planet. But that wasn't enough. Others were determined to prove that claims of planetary sentience were mere superstitious nonsense, developed by a primitive culture coping with a harsh, forbidding environment. And Dr. Fiske's own son wanted that ore-and didn't care what he had to do to get it. Only solid evidence would convince the company to leave the planet alone, and for all its sentience, Petaybee's communications were highly subjective; indeed, some outsiders seemed entirely immune to its voice. So Yana and her friends would have to find some other way to prove that the planet was worth more to the company alive than dead..."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sequel to the fine sentient-planet yarn Powers That Be (1993). Again the self-aware planet Petaybee, with its well-adapted inhabitants, clashes with the ruthless Intergal Company, which intends to ... Read full review

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User Review  - monado - LibraryThing

This book is the second in a series. It tells of the struggle of nature-loving colonists to protect their planet and their way of life from the greedy off-world company that terraformed it and now ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 1, 1926. She received a degree in Slavonic languages from Radcliffe College. She worked in advertising for Helena Rubenstein from 1947 to 1952. Her first publication was a short story in Science Fiction Magazine, and her first novel, Restoree, was published in 1967. She is a well-known author of over 100 books, mostly science fiction, including the Dragonriders of Pern series, the Crystal Singer series, Acorna's Children series, The Twins of Petaybee series, and Barque Cats series. She won numerous awards including the Hugo Award for Best Novella for the short story Weyr Search in 1968 and the Nebula Award for Best Novella for Dragonrider in 1969. In 2006, she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. She has also written books under the pseudonym Jody Lynn. She died of a stroke on November 21, 2011 at the age of 85.

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born March 23, 1947. She won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer's War. She has written numerous books with Anne McCaffrey including The Twins of Petaybee series and the Acorna series.

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