Five Twelfths Of Heaven
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I first read this on the 13th November 1986 and most recently on the 10th August 2006
In the Hegemony that controls the known worlds of a future
human empire, Einsteinian science is scorned and the electronic arts
Travel between the farflung planets of the empire is via a metaphysical
Starships enter and are navigated through this realm by
arcane astrological maps and charts.
Five twelfths of Heaven is the
point at which one leaves
normal space and moves into this bizarre dimension.
Silence Leigh is a starship pilot, a very unusual occupation for a woman. However,
there's something even more unusual about Silence, and that's very
special indeed but you'll have to find out for yourself when you read this
This really is one of my favourite novels. Melissa's writing is good,
but it is this amazing future world she has created that makes this
novel live on so enjoyably in one's imagination.
The premise in this novel is that FTL travel is possible but that it cannot be
achieved through scientific means, in fact they are the antithesis of the magical
techniques required. Indeed the presence of the computers will almost certainly
prevent any magic work
This is the story of a young woman's voyage of self-discovery, and in her
case (ah, so rarely in everybody else's) she discovers her unique gift
Loaded on the 6th July 2009.