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Primary Inversion: A Novel in the Saga of the Skolian Empire

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The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

About the Author

Catherine Asaro was born in Oakland, California and grew up in El Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. She received her Phd in Chemical Physics and MA in Physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with Highest Honors in Chemistry from UCLA. Among the places she has done research are the University of Toronto in Canada, the Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik in Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Her research involves using quantum theory to describe the behavior of atoms and molecules. Catherine was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research, which she currently runs.
 
A former ballerina, Catherine has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. In the 1980s she was a principal dancer and artistic director of the Mainly Jazz Dancers and the Harvard University Ballet. Catherine still teaches ballet in Maryland.

Catherine's fiction is a successful blend of hard science fiction, romance, and exciting space adventure. She has published more than ten novels, almost all of which belong to her Saga of the Skolian Empire, including The Quantum Rose, which won the Nebula Award for best novel of 2001

Her husband is John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist at NASA. They have one daughter, a young ballet dancer who loves math.

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sunquist, January 13, 2007 (view all comments by sunquist)
This is the first book in a series which takes place in a future ruled by three factions- two of which are at war and a third, which includes Earth, that is ostensibly neutral. The book ends in a way that makes it obvious that there would be at least one sequel. As it turns out, there are many- one of which won the Nebula. Most series get wrung dry as they continue. The sixth(!)book in this series was the winner.
This author uses her startlingly impressive educational and credentialed background extensively in her fiction. While this is her first published novel, she is clearly already very experienced writer. You may not follow all, or possibly more likely any of the theoretical physics here, but since she explains it as elements of the story, she gets a "wow, neat-o" rather than a "???" response from a typical reader. A critical element of the series is very atypical romantic relationships, but even those are Hard science fiction. Her brilliantly rich and imaginative storytelling is even more impressive than the fascinating theoretical and technical physics. I found the story so compelling that I made sure book two was here before I had finished this, the first.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812550238
Subtitle:
A Novel in the Saga of the Skolian Empire
Author:
Asaaro, Catherine
Author:
Catherine
Author:
Asaro
Author:
Asaro, Catherine
Publisher:
Tor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Skolian Empire (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Science / Space Opera
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st mass market ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Saga of the Skolian Empire
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
19960515
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.859 in

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