Synopses & Reviews
Rife with intrigue and betrayal, heroism and sacrifice, Grail brings Elizabeth Bear's brilliant space opera to a triumphantconclusion.
At last the generation ship Jacob's Ladder has arrived at its destination: the planet they have come to call Grail. Butthis habitable jewel just happens to be populated already: by humans who call their home Fortune. And they are wary of sharing Fortune--especially with people who have genetically engineered themselves to such anextent that it is a matter of debate whether they are even human anymore. To make matters worse, a shocking murder aboard the Jacob's Ladder has alerted Captain Perceval and the angel Nova thatformidable enemies remain hidden somewhere among the crew.
On Grail--or Fortune, rather--Premier Danilaw views the approach of the Jacob's Ladder withdread. Behind the diplomatic niceties of first-contact protocol, he knows that the deadly game being played is likely to erupt into full-blown war--even civil war. For as he strives to chart a peaceful andprosperous path forward for his people, internal threats emerge to take control by any means necessary.
From the Paperback edition.
When the generation ship Jacob's Ladder arrives on the planet they have come to call Grail, they discover that it is already populated by humans who are wary of sharing their world, while Captain Percevel discovers that there is an enemy among his crew after a murder occurs. By the author of The Sea Thy Mistress. Original.
About the Author
\Elizabeth Bear shares a birthday with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. This, coupled with a childhood tendency to read the dictionary, doomed her early to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction—some of which conditions persist to this day. She lives in Manchester, Connecticut, with a giant ridiculous dog and a presumptuous cat.