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.
Through a strange turn of fate Terry Steward, born Terry Radnor, was in the right place at the right time to save the secret colony Maclairn from terrorists who would have destroyed its plan to spread advanced mind powers to Earth and the other worlds of humankind. Now with his own starship Estel, he sets out to further that plan by journeying from world to world, heralding the hopeful future about which he alone knows the full truth. Yet he is all too aware that Maclairn’s enemies still pose a threat, and that on Earth the persecution of people who develop such powers is increasing. Soon targeted by bounty hunters, Terry can see no way to combat a planet-wide conspiracy—nor does he guess that if he lives long enough, he is destined for an even greater role in human history than he has played as a defender of Maclairn's cause.
This is the second book in the Rising Flame series. The first, Defender of the Flame, should be read before this one, but these two can be read independently of the preceding Hidden Flame series, Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame, which are set more than two centuries earlier.