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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About Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels. She is best known for her six traditionally-published Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. One of them, Enchantress from the Stars, was a Newbery Honor book, winner of the 2000 Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. Her Children of the Star trilogy, originally written for teens, was republished as adult SF.

Recently she has written four independently-published novels for adults, the Hidden Flame dulogy and the RIsing Flame duology. Although all her novels take place in the distant future on hypothetical worlds and thus are categorized as science fiction, they are are directed more to mainstream readers than to avid science fiction fans.

Engdahl has also issued an updated edition of her 1974 nonfiction book The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets, which is focused on original research in primary sources of the 17th through early 20th centuries. In addition she has published three collections of essays.

Now retired, she lives in Eugene, Oregon and welcomes visitors to her website at www.sylviaengdahl.com. It includes a large section on space colonization, of which she is a strong advocate, as well as detailed information about her books. She enjoys receiving email from her readers.

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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.

About the Series: The Hidden Flame
The first of two Flame duologies, complete in itself as the second one is an independent story. Book 2 is this duology is quite different from Book 1 and contains enough backstory to be read alone.

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jules103 reviewed 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 6 days after purchase)

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