Sylvia Engdahl

Biography

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of ten science fiction novels. She is best known for her 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 been writing 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 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.

She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Books

Journey Between Worlds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,290. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Melinda has a plan for her life, and a trip to Mars isn't part of it. When she receives a ticket as a graduation gift from her dad she is dismayed, but reluctantly she agrees to go with him. After meeting Alex, a second-generation Martian colonist, she is torn between what she has always wanted and upsetting new feelings. Only a terrifying experience makes her aware of what really matters to her.
Children of the Star: The Complete Trilogy
Series: Children of the Star. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 278,180. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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Omnibus edition (box set) of the trilogy This Star Shall Abide (aka Heritage of the Star), Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, and The Doors of the Universe. Noren was a heretic—he defied his world’s High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy's fulfillment. But the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's situation, the less possible it seemed that their rightful heritage could be restored.
Anywhere, Anywhen: Stories of Tomorrow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,970. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Intended not for SF fans but for teens who don’t ordinarily choose science fiction, this anthology of stories about the future focuses on the timeless aspects of being human. It aims to suggest ideas about the future in a way readers who prefer real-life settings to strangeness will enjoy. Contributors include Sylvia Engdahl, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Carol Farley and other authors of YA books.
The Far Side of Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,920. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Assigned as a observer to a world whose people may soon destroy their civilization, Anthropological Service agent Elana expects merely to gain knowledge that may save other planets. When a young, inexperienced agent unwittingly endangers the entire world by a well-meant but ill-advised attempt to intervene, Elana finds that only she--at great cost--can prevent an immediate war of annihilation.
The Doors of the Universe
Series: Children of the Star, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,670. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Children of the Star trilogy, Book Three. Noren had found faith in the Prophecy’s fulfillment in the face of overwhelming odds. Yet the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's situation, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone imagined to restore their rightful heritage—and he alone could do what was needed.
Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
Series: Children of the Star, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,000. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Children of the Star trilogy, Book Two. Once Noren gained admission to the City where technology was hidden, he thought he had discovered how to make metal and Machines available to everyone and end the rule of the Scholars. But he soon learned it was not as simple as he had believed. Was it right to let people go on believing in the promises of a Prophecy that might not come true after all?
This Star Shall Abide: aka Heritage of the Star
Series: Children of the Star, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,530. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010 by Ad Stellae Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Noren knew that his world was not as it should be—it was wrong that only the Scholars and Technicians could use metal and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the knowledge hidden in the mysterious City. He was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy’s promised fulfillment. But was defiance enough, or could some way be found to make it come true?

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