Emprise ~ Enigma ~ Empery
Nominated for the Philip K. Dick
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Remarks on the "Trigon Disunity" by Concordat historian Rianth Janias
Placed #2 in the 1985 Locus Poll for Best First Novel
"Here comes the kind of novel we need in the
mid-Eighties: a novel which shows that humankind is, with all its
faults, redeemable. Emprise has true excitement because it
deals with that most dangerous of all time-zones: the
--Brian Aldiss, author of The Trillion-Year Spree
"A heady mix of political intrigue and hard science as
Earth reacts to its first interstellar contact. An impressive
--Julian May, author of The Many-Colored Land
"A fine first novel, the work of an alert intellect
dealing with major issues...the first of a trilogy which should
prove to be as fascinating as it is ambitious."
---Faren Miller, LOCUS
"A remarkably mature novel; reminiscent of Arthur C.
Clarke at his best."
--Peter Heck, NEWSDAY
"One of those rare books where the ideas, the plotting,
the writing, and the characters are all first-rate."
--Gene DeWeese, SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW
"Michael Kube-McDowell's Emprise proves that he
can handle the vast sweep of historical events with a skill few
other writers can match."
--Orson Scott Card, author of Seventh Son
"At its best, science fiction sometimes resembles the
mystery novel, investigating a puzzle of xenobiology,
planetology, physics, or alien behavior. ENIGMA is a novel of
this type, a search for answers to large and fascinating
questions...the stuff of prime SF."
--Faren Miller, LOCUS
"This sequel to EMPRISE, the author's fine first novel,
continues that book's canny portrayal of scientific
collaborations complicated by military, political, and personal
powerplays, tensions, and allegiences. ...Intelligent,
intriguing, and well-written..."
"Kube-McDowell has set himself that most difficult of SF
tasks: future history. He is striding across generations, and yet
so artfully that you are caught up in the sweep of events...The
ideas are cosmic sci-fi at its best; the characters are real and
interesting; and the writing will sweep you effortlessly along.
Read Kube-McDowell now, so you can tell your friends you
discovered him before he won his first Hugo."
--Orson Scott Card, SF&F FORUM