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The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. All is not lost if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.
©1980 Joan D. Vinge (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1981

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By Nancy on 07-31-12

A magnificent performance of an old favorite

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Fantastic performance - the characters truly came alive!

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I was thrilled to find this old favorite amongst Audible's new releases, and Ellen Archer's performance truly did it justice. I am very much hoping to see World's End and The Summer Queen follow it up!

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By P. Mitchell on 07-30-12

Excellent performance of a sci-fi classic

Very pleased with this performance of a much loved book. The narrator did a superb job matching voice to character. Also, kept the complex tale moving forward between the various locales and character groups.

I very much hope that Audible.com will take on Joan Vinge's other works such as the Summer Queen and the Cat/Psion series.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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