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Bless the Beasts (Star Trek Voyager)

by Karen Haber

In desperate need of crucial repairs, the Starship Voyager has come to Sardalia, a planet blessed with great natural beauty and apparently friendly inhabitants. The Sardalians welcome Voyager enthusiastically, but Captain Janeway soon grows suspicious. The Sardalians seem almost too eager to help. Janeway fears they are hiding some secret agenda. When Tom Paris and Harry Kim disappear while visiting the planet, the captain and her crew find themselves caught in the middle of a planetary war -- and faced with an agonizing moral dilemma.

Meditations on Middle-Earth

by Karen Haber

Fantasy writers answer the questions, Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular? And How has Tolkien's writing influenced the path of Fantasy?. describing their first encounter with the trilogy, and how, their understanding of it's style and wisdom expanded as they matured. They say Tolkien influenced their fantasy writing, and examine fantasy literature. George R. R. Martin says Tolkien was first to create a fully drawn alternate world. Poul Anderson compares Tolkien's elves to Seraphim, Le Guin finds rhythm and patterns in Tolkien's style. Pratchett cannot recall where he was when JFK died but describes in detail the time and place he first read Tolkien. Michael Swanwick reads Tolkien to his 9 year old son, and accepts his honored role as a father and his place in the circle of life. Robin Hobb explains fantasy is popular because readers sought more books like Tolkien's. Orson Card reveals the true hero of Middle-earth. Esther Friesner thinks Elves are hotties. This is a wealth of information about Middle-earth, the nature of fantasy, and additional fantasy books.

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