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Psion Paperback – Mar 6 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (March 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765303400
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #647,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Strong, well-written, complex.” ―The Horn Book on Psion

“One of the most impressive practitioners in the genre.” ―Science Fiction Chronicle on Joan Vinge

About the Author

Bestselling author JOAN D. VINGE won the Hugo Award for her novel The Snow Queen. Her other novels include The Summer Queen, World's End, and Heaven Chronicles. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Warning: This book is not as good as Snow Queen. It has a lot of the same lovely, anthropological attributes that Snow Queen shines with, but certain elements (ie the cardboard villain Quicksilver) are not as well conceived.
I do highly recommend this book for two things, which are 1) Cat. He is a great character and this book is spoken in his own unique voice, and 2) 'Catspaw,' the sequel to this book, is full-on excellent, and you will enjoy it more if you read this book.
The other complaint I have is the cover art. I mean, who is that supposed to be? Cat is a teenager in this book, and that dude looks 40. The original cover art was uglier, but at least it looked like Cat. The cover art for 'Catspaw' was so much better--did Micheal Whelan do this one too, and if so, was he half-asleep?
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I've read all the Cat books, to date, and I greatly enjoyed them all. The writing is bright, sarcastic, funny, and touching all at the same time. Cat is completely engrossing and loveable, while still being tough and witty. If you enjoy sarcastic humour, a little romance, loads of action, neat mental powers, and hidden political themes- these books are perfect for you! I would read them again. In fact, I probably will, because I own all there. Psion, Cat's Paw and whatever the other one is called.
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I had no clue there was a book called PSION untill i went to a computer artwork site that made wallpapers of Buffy and Angel and Firefly[all totally awesome shows].I saw a challenge pic that a girl made using some characters in Angel, Firefly,and Smallville.The bottom said based on the book Psion by Joan D. Vinge.I thought id check it out and it was awesome.Read if you love science fiction.
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this is an excellent novel. it is kind of a cross between William Shatner's Tek series and JD ROBB's series. it is futuristic, set in outer space on the crab nebula, and full of twists and turns. The characters are fleshed out well and interesting. i highly reccommend the book to all sci fi readers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Repeat Read and a Must Own for Sci-Fi Fans Oct. 8 2011
By Monique Atgood - Published on
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I just finished re-reading this book for I think my 10th time. It hasn't lost it's flavor over the years, and I enjoy it more each time I pick it up - sorta like going back for your favorite flavor of ice cream time and again, providing much the same enjoyment that a good vanilla/strawberry fix provides.

Psion is about a street kid who is half alien. His alien half provided him with the ability to read minds, but he is helpless to use the talent. Some trauma so deeply hurt him that he is incapable of using his psychic abilities. Cat is taken to this institute where government agents try to put humpty back together and 'fix' his mind reading abilities. He befriends a fellow mind reader Dere and falls for a sweet girl Jule, a teleport who is the only person who believes Cat is not worthless. Jule believes Cat can help the government mind readers stop an infamous terrorist/mind reader/teleporter/telekenesis multi-talented 'Quicksilver' from taking over the FTA mines.

Cat gets kicked out of the institute and sold into a slavery into the very mines that Quicksilver wants to overtake. The Cinder mines are haunted by an alien race of teleporting mind reading Hydrans. Cat is half Hydran and quickly becomes their 'key' to ending the humans reign on Cinder. Hydrans are helpless and cannot hurt or kill anyone without feeling the effects mirrored back at them.

Cat is essentially a spy in a nest of mind readers, so he walks a fine and frighting line, as he and his small group try to thwart Quicksilver and his revolutionaries.

What I love about it:
The characters are portrayed in such a complex manner. The book is in first person format and you know and feel everything Cat does, the good the bad and the ugly.

It is a timeless book that has drawn me back time and again for the pure enjoyment of entering Cat's heart in his harsh and heoric world.

I still want to know if Seibling is Cat's father. That question is never answered in any of the Cat books. Ever hear of DNA tests?

The final confronation scene on Cinder is confusing. The knowledge that Seibling forces Cat through a 3 way joining to kill isn't obvious from the scene. The recap helps the reader to understand exactly what happened.

This book is on my top 10 sci-fi books of all time. I love it. 'nough said.
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Cat's world July 19 2016
By Thru Terry's Eyes - Published on
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I have actually read this book probably 20 times. I read the sequel to it, Catspaw, first, which I HIGHLY recommend. After reading that I had to have Psion, the first book , because I wanted to know more about this character. I had to special order Psion because it was difficult to find in print at the time. I purchased this kindle version so that I would always have it available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best Aug. 7 2016
By S. H. Feld - Published on
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Joan Vinge is one of my favorite authors, and her "Cat" series are my favorites of her books. Great plots, fantastic characters. The Kindle versions are especially great because you get extra stuff, like the novella "Psiren" which is included in this version of Psion.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of my heart July 21 2007
By kronin - Published on
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This book was thrown at me when I was young and had no friends. In spite of this, I read it, and the two to follow. Catspaw and Psion remain my favorite books of all time, and a series I return to whenever I need something good to read. Perhaps the feeling is very personal, but I would recomend Psion and Catspaw to anyone who has been so very alone.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I missed something but Feb. 1 2009
By Brendon Spencer - Published on
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I don't know what all the hype is about. I bought the book mostly because of the reviews. The topper being this was something they'd read years ago and it stayed with them.

It isn't a bad book by any means. It just isn't that great, either. Not one of those "you pick it up and then can't bear to put it down" sort of things. It's an o.k. read with characters that aren't all that likeable.

Like most things, it all comes down to a matter of taste. There are books I've read in past years that have stuck with me, making me track them down to read again and again. This book isn't one of them.