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Reading the Bonesby Sheila Finch
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This skillful and entertaining exploration of language and cross-cultural communication presents a portrait of sentient beings in the midst of discovering written language. The Xenolinguists are a guild of alien-language translators who travel the galaxy. Translator Ries Danyo is a down-on-his-luck lingster, so far gone he's hooked on zyth. Once a promising talent, he's fallen to interpreting for the deputy commissioner's wife on her shopping sprees in the Freh bazaar. But when a Freh uprising leads to murder, Danyo must lead the commissioner's daughters to safety on a journey that irrevocably changes the Frehti language and the future of Krishna itself.
Nebula Award, 1998 - Best Novella
Locus Online Recommended Reading 2001
A struggling linguist, a sheltered debutante, and a strangely silent child are running for their lives, trapped in the violent confluence of three species, only one of which is human.
The Xenolinguist stories are fast-paced, gripping explorations of cross-cultural communication as well as perennial fan favorites. The Nebula Awardwinning novella Reading the Bones has now been expanded to novel length, following xenolinguist Ries Danyo and sisters Lita and Jilan Patel to their pivotal roles in shaping the future of the Frehti.
About the Author
Sheila Finch is the author of seven science fiction novels, including David Brin's Out of Time 2, Shaping the Dawn, and Shaper's Legacy. She has won the Compton Crook Award and is a regular contributor to Amazing and Fantasy & Science Fiction. She lives in Long Beach, California.
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