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The sparrow

Author: Mary Doria Russell
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, [1996] ©1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
A Jesuit leads an expedition to investigate singing emanating from a planet. So are discovered the Runa, intelligent beings, but undernourished. The explorers fix that and a population explosion follows, attracting space-age cannibals who start eating them. The explorers are killed, except for the Jesuit who tells the tale.

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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-
New York : Villard Books, ©1996
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Doria Russell
ISBN: 0679451501 9780679451501 0449912558 9780449912553
OCLC Number: 34281380
Awards: Winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award 1998
Winner of Arthur C Clarke Award 1998
Winner of Spectrum Awards (Hall of Fame) 2001
Runner-up for John W. Campbell Memorial Award 1997
Description: 408 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Mary Doria Russell.
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Combining elements of science fiction and spiritual philosophy, this novel is a tale of the devastating consequences of a scientific mission to make contact with an extraterrestrial culture.  Read more...


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'One of those rare books that takes you to its heart and refuses to let go' -- Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers 'Compulsive reading and may be the year's best science fiction novel' -- John Read more...

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