These are some of the questions discussed by Sylvia Engdahl in this collection of often-controversial essays, many of which are available at her website but which because of their length will be easier to read in ebook form. Her views on the current issues she raises will spark debate among readers, whether or not they are familiar with any of her novels.
While Engdahl is best known for her award-winning Young Adult novel <i>Enchantress from the Stars</i>, she is the author of nine other science fiction novels--four of them for adults and five more enjoyed by both teens and adults--as well as the nonfiction book <i>The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets.</i> Also popular are the space section of her website and her page www.spacequotes.com. But as this collection reveals, space is not the only topic about which she has strong feelings.
The book contains 25 essays, previously-published or new, among them one listing her opinions about various common predictions. In addition it includes two illustrated autobiographical essays and a complete bibliography of her work.
Starship Captain Jesse Sanders hasn't expected to be responsible for the settlement. Peter is the leader, the visionary on whose inspiration they all depend. But Peter has his hands full, not only with maintaining morale but with grueling ordeals of his own. So the job of ensuring the colony's survival falls on Jesse. And in the end, he must stake his life in a desperate attempt to prevent the loss of all they have gained.
This is a sequel to "Stewards of the Flame," but it can be read independently. Unlike Engdahl's other earlier novels, it is not a YA book and is not appropriate for middle-school readers.
Although this book has the same heroine as Enchantress from the Stars, it is an independent story for much older readers and should not be considered a sequel.