Stewards of the Flame

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When starship captain Jesse Sanders is detained by a dictatorial medical regime on the colony planet Undine, he is plunged into a life involving ordeals and joys unlike anything he has ever imagined. This controversial novel deals with the so-called paranormal powers of the human mind and appeals to a wide range of readers who question the dominant medical philosophy of today's society. More
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Published by Ad Stellae Books
Words: 166,520
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452401416
About Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Engdahl is best known as the author of highly-acclaimed Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults, one of which was a Newbery Honor book and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. However, her Children of the Star trilogy, originally written for teens, was republished as adult SF, and she is now writing only fiction for adults. The first novel in her two Flame series, "Stewards of the Flame," was the winner of a bronze medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. Although all her novels take place in the distant future on hypothetical worlds and thus are categorized as science fiction, they are character-driven and are directed more to mainstream readers than to avid science fiction fans.

Engdahl is a strong advocate of space colonization and has maintained a widely-read space section of her website for many years. She has also recently issued an updated edition of her 1974 nonfiction book "The Planet-Girded Suns: The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds," which is focused on original research in primary sources of the 17th through early 20th centuries; this new edition includes an Afterword titled "Confronting the Universe in the Twenty-First Century."

She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and currently works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools.

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When burned-out starship captain Jesse Sanders is detained by a dictatorial medical regime on the colony planet Undine, he is plunged into a bewildering new life involving ordeals and joys unlike anything he has ever imagined, as well as the love of a woman with powers that seem superhuman. And ultimately, he must take responsibility for the lives of people he has come to care about.

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Review by: jules103 on Dec. 28, 2011 :
This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that held my attention. Science fiction has often been defined as "what if..." and Stewards of the Flame fits that description: What if the government and the health care industry was the same entity? What if dying is a crime? What if health care providers find you because of potential health problems rather than you calling the doctor?
I look forward to reading the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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