Powers That Be Library Binding – Oct 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
A frontier society outwits a big, uncaring parent company in this appealing joint venture by McCaffrey ( Damia's Children ) and Scarborough ( The Healer's War ), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning representatives of two generations of science fiction writers. Major Yanaba Maddock, medically retired with severely damaged lungs after military action aboard a space station, is pressured into acting as a spy by her employer, the sinister Intergal corporation. Colonel Giancarlo, local head of psychological operations, seeks evidence that colonists on the bitterly cold and inhospitable planet Petaybee are abducting company geological survey teams, engaging in illegal genetic engineering and plotting rebellion. Yana finds the locals charming, helpful and uncannily effective as healers; their home remedies salvage her ruined lungs. As the company and its forces move in to quell what they perceive as rebellion, Yana casts her lot with the Petaybeans and geneticist Sean Shongili, the man she has come to love. Perceptive characterizations and a vivid depiction of a nurturing culture integrated with nature make up for the somewhat hackneyed plot.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
YA-A well-written, entertaining novel. Ex-soldier Major Yanaba Maddock has retired to the "company" planet of Petaybee due to major lung damage from poison gas. Strange things are going on there. Survey teams are disappearing, and the locals are acting suspiciously. As it turns out, the planet is alive and the natives have formed a beneficial symbiotic relationship with it, and it is threatened by the exploitive company that is mining precious gems. While not a completely original idea, the story will be enjoyed by McCaffrey and Scarborough fans alike.
John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Petaybee is a world without equal--both in climate, its own special 'personality', and in the characterization of its people. From charming Sean Shongili to helpful Bunny to the single-minded determination of Torkel, each character is different and unique. And no super-heroes either--even Yanaba makes mistakes.
Of course, there are minor problems. The affectionately dubbed 'Anne-science' shows up in this book, too... but only skeptics can allow that to interfere with the story. Personally, I don't care just how they managed to make humans able to tolerate that climate... what matters to the story is that they *did*.
The characters aren't limited to humans, either. Although only in bit parts, cats, dogs, and a breed of long-haired horses called 'curlies' play important roles, making this book good for any animal-lover. But those are all *common* animals... want something more exotic? How about seals? And if that's not enough, check out the unicorn on the cover.
All in all, Powers That Be falls in its own category of science fiction. The science is dubious, but the fiction more than makes up for it.
Considering the very believable and skillfully planned books that Anne McCaffrey is capable of (the early Pern books for example) this one looks like it was thrown together out at $0.0x per word. A pity.
Most recent customer reviews
I liked this book, which was quite surprising since i never really liked science fiction before. im eager to read the next 2 books.Published on Sept. 9 2000
I love this book! It is written deftly, and in such a way that the reader feels he/she is reading a historical account of something that really happened, instead of a story out of... Read morePublished on June 24 1998