Saturday, January 12, 2008
Andre Norton - Moonsinger
Moonsinger is Baen Books' omnibus edition of Moon of Three Rings and Exiles of the Stars. Baen claims that this is the complete saga, however, there is also Flight into Yiktor, which involves the characters: Krip Vorlund and Maelen. In addition, the copyrights for the books were originally much older than the 2005 (Exiles of the Stars) and 1996 (Moon of Three Rings) printed in this edition. Perhaps the author redid the copyright to enable this edition? Another note: in order to fit both stories in the one volume, the print is, I find, unusually small. It's only harder to read in bad light.
Moonsinger is a Free Traders novel, set in the far future from the Solar Queen series, which it does make references to: the planet Limbo and the use of cats on board ship, as well as the endless conflicts between Combine and Free Traders. It is really interesting to see how things have changed and yet not changed in the intervening years.
Moonsinger involves more magic/mind arts than the Solar Queen novels, and in fact 'esper powers' as they are referred to are an accepted talent of many, as well as being a mainstay of the Thassa of Yiktor.
I'm talking around the plot and story, trying not to give anything away, so all I'll say is that Moonsinger is a good science fiction read, and for all that the stories are old, they are not dated in any way. I suspect that this will remain a classic piece of science fiction for a good while longer.