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Publisher's Summary

An epic novel of human expansion across the stars...

This brilliant science fiction novel constructs a blueprint of mankind’s history - social, political, economic, scientific, and religious - for the next 18,000 years. Through a series of adventures, it illustrates clear, focused ideas about our birthright and our destiny.

Since this 1982 debut, Mike Resnick has emerged as one of the most honored science fiction authors of his time, picking up 40-odd Hugo and Nebula nominations and awards. He has set 25 novels and a novella in the future that was outlined in this book. Now, those who missed it the first time around can catch up on this mind-boggling, all-encompassing precedent to Resnick’s fiction.

Mike Resnick’s outstanding work has won numerous awards, including five Hugos and one Nebula, and has been nominated for dozens more. He divides his time between Cincinnati and Orlando, Florida.

©1982 Mike Resnick (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Birthright is a kaleidoscope image of humanity’s strengths and weaknesses, a patchwork quilt of vivid assumptions on just what being human is all about. And at the heart of that question are answers which reveal the seeds of humanity’s ultimate downfall." (Raymond E. Feist)
"Birthright is a kind of magicked mirror, where we find our own image amid strange scenes, with alien companions. It’s well worth your attention." (Locus)
"Resnick has a beautiful style, his characterizations are well handled and his descriptions vivid. The situations his characters face are exciting and clearly presented." (Martha Bartter, author of The Utopian Fantastic)

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What disappointed you about Birthright?

I love scifi but this book just didn't work for me. Too negative.

What was most disappointing about Mike Resnick’s story?

I only made it through the first story and part of the second one. No female characters, everything very negative, stories not connected except by the world being constructed by the author. Maybe if I had knowledge of other books set in this world I would have liked it more, but as a first "toe in the water" it just didn't hold my interest.

What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s performance?

Okay but not memorable.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Ummmm . . . not really

1 of 5 people found this review helpful