Legacy

By Greg Bear
(Tor Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780812524819, 480pp.)

Publication Date: June 1996

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The Way is a tunnel through space and time. The entrance is through the hollow asteroid Thistledown and the space station Axis City that sits at the asteroid's center. From there the Flawships ride the center of the Way, traveling to other worlds and times.

Now the rulers of Axis City have discovered that a huge group of colonists has secretly entered one of the interdicted worlds along the Way. In some ways Lamarkia is very Earth-like--but its biology is extraordinary. A single genetic entity can take many forms, and span a continent. There are only a few of these "ecos" on Lamarkia, and the effect of human interaction on them is unknown.

Olmy Ap Sennon has been sent to secretly assess the extent of the damage. But he will find far more than an intriguing alien biology--for on their new world the secret colonists have returned to the old ways of human history: war, famine, and ecological disaster. On this mission, Olmy will learn about the basics: love, responsibility, and even failure...




About the Author
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including "The Forge of God", "Eon", "Slant, " and the Nebula Award winning novel "Moving Mars". He has also written gaming tie-ins such as "Halo: Cryptum", and "Hull Zero Three". Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, he is one of only two authors to win a Nebula in every category. He has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. His stories have been collected into an omnibus volume by Tor Books, "The Best of Greg Bear". Bear has served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Army, the CIA, Sandia National Laboratories, Callison Architecture, Inc., and other groups and agencies. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra.
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