Our next book is a tale of “space exploration and alien contact from one of science fiction's greatest writers” in The Avatar by Poul Anderson.

Our next book is a tale of “space exploration and alien contact from one of science fiction's greatest writers” in The Avatar by Poul Anderson.

Our book, The Avatar, is available both from BARD and as a Publisher Quality download from Bookshare.

The BARD version is at:

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.nls/db.14773

The Bookshare version is at:

https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/1124730

Here is the NLS Annotation:

A rescue mission from Demeter picks up a Betan—a member of a highly advanced civilization--and they set out for the home of "the Others," benevolent but aloof superbeings. There they glimpse how this ancient race has cherished and studied humanity.

Bookshare’s Long Synopsis reads as follows:

A monumental epic tale of space exploration and alien contact from one of science
fiction's greatest writers In the future, humankind has taken only limited advantage
of a miraculous gift left for it in the far-distant past. A beneficent and inscrutable
alien race called the Others has provided "gates" that enable passage to all corners
of the galaxy. But after the colonization of a single star system, a repressive government
on Earth has forbidden all further explorations, seizing the returning starship Emissary
and taking its crew captive along with an alien passenger the vessel encountered
on its voyage. A wealthy entrepreneur and off-world rebel incensed by the prevailing
antiexpansionist politics, Daniel Brodersen decides to take matters into his own
hands. Commandeering one of his company's spaceships, he travels to Earth to pull
off a daring rescue of the prisoners and the extraterrestrial Betan visitor, then
rockets off with them to points unknown. But before long, a lack of proper preparation
has left Brodersen, his crew, and his lover, the remarkable Caitlín Mulryan, irretrievably
lost in the vastness of uncharted space--and their only hope of finding their way
back home again will be in doing the seemingly impossible: making contact with humanity's
elusive ancient benefactors, the Others.

Come join us next month to talk about what is sure to be an imaginative work from one of the greatest, or anything else related to SF literature.

Evan