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A Thousand Words For Stranger

Copyright 1997 by Julie E. Czerneda

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I first read this in January 2001.

In the future, the human and alien civilisation are bound by the Trade Pact, and the rules of the Pact are strictly enforced. However, there are still the thousand or so members of a near-human race named the Clan outside the Pact. The Clan have powerful telepathic and telekinetic abilities and, convinced of their superiority over other races, disdain membership.

A young woman, possibly of the clan, finds herself lost on an alien world, no memory of who she is and why she is there.

We follow the girl as her memory slowly begins to return, and with it her immensely strong mental powers. I liked the beginning, the first few chapters, as classic teenage science-fiction. but the novel was stereotypical and quickly predictable and it was only by dint of some significant personal sacrifice that I was able to read through to the end. If I want to read about another super-powerful alien taking over the world, I'll read my manga, with pictures, thank you.

What's it got: aliens, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation.

Loaded on the 8th July 2001.
Cover of A Thousand Words For Stranger
Cover art by Luis Royo