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Gap into Conflict: The Real Story

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1991
1991
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Science fiction
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Copyright © 1991 Stephen R. Donaldson
TO LOU AND DENNIS LIBERTY
who encouraged me
when it counted
Most of the crowd at Mallorys Bar & Sleep over in Delta Sector had no idea what was really going on.
May contain spoilers
Despite his horror of imprisonment, he was condemned to stay in lockup until he rotted.
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Some of the people who lurked in the dim light knew better.  They were the ones in the corners who drank less than they appeared to, smoked less, talked less.  Pushing their mugs around in the condensation which oozed off the plastic because the air processing in DelSec was never as good as it should be and nobody could sit in Mallorys without sweating, these men knew how to listen, how to ask questions, how to interpret what they saw - and when to go somewhere else for information.

Most of them were a bit older, a bit less self-absorbed; perhaps a bit more profound in their cynicism.  If they were pilots, they were here because this was the life they could afford and understand, not because drink or drugs, incompetence or misjudgment, had cost them their careers.  If they were miners who couldn't get or no longer wanted work, they were here to stay near the taste and dreams of prospecting, the vision of a strike so vast and pure that it was better than being rich.  If they were born or naturalized inhabitants of the Station, they were here to keep company with the clientele for their particular goods or services - or perhaps to keep tabs on the market for the whispers and hints they purveyed.

Such people looked at what they saw with more discerning eyes.

When Morn Hyland and Angus Thermopyle came into Mallorys, the men in the corners noticed the way her whole body seemed to twist away even when she sat close beside him.  They heard the dull, almost lifeless sound of her voice when she spoke - a tone of suppression unexpected from someone who had presumably spent weeks or months away from people and drink.  And they observed that he kept one hand constantly fisted in the pocket of his grease-stained shipsuit.

After Angus took her out, some of these men also left - but not to follow.  Instead, they went to have unassuming, apparently casual conversations with people who had access to the id files in Com-Mine Station's computers.

The story they gleaned concerned something more interesting than animal passion and common sense.

By one means or another, they learned that there was a perfectly reasonable explanation for the fact that Morn Hyland wasn't known in DelSec.  She'd never been there before.  During her one previous layover on Com-Mine, she'd stayed in AlSec.

She'd come out from Earth on one of the really wealthy independent oreliners, a family operation so successful that she and all her relatives did everything first class because they could afford it.  Crossing the gap, the Hybrids had docked at Com-Mine Station, not to pick up company ore for the orbiting smelters around Earth, but to buy supplies: they were headed for the belt themselves.  And since they weren't experienced miners and had never been out to the belt before, there could only be one explanation for what they were doing.  Somewhere they had bought or stolen the location of an asteroid rich enough to tempt them away from their usual runs.  They had caught the dream themselves and were on their way to test it against the bitter rock of the belt.

A common tale, as far as it went.  Back on Earth, civilization and political power required ore.  Without the resources which stations like Com-Mine supplied, no government could maintain itself in office.  By some standards, the United Mining Companies, Com-Mine's corporate founder, was the only effective government in human space.  As a natural consequence, every city or station of any size spawned at least one earnest, spurious, or reprobate dealer in belt charts, the treasure maps of space.  Men and women with some kind of hunger in their bellies were forever buying "accurate," "secret" charts and then risking everything to cross the gap and go prospecting.

But not a successful outfit like the Hyland family.  If they left a profitable ore-transportation business and converted their liner for mining, two things were certain.

They had a chart.

The chart was good.

Dramatis Personae
Character
Affiliation
Angus Thermopyle
Pirate
Nick Succorso
Pirate
Morn Hyland
UMCP

 

Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 05-May-2024

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 01-Feb-1991
Bantam Spectra Books
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Feb-1991
Format:
Hardback
Cover Price:
$6.98
Pages*:
180
Catalog ID:
17911
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Once
Reading(s):
1)   1 Jun 1991 - 1 Jun 1991
Internal ID:
16
ISBN:
0-553-07345-1
ISBN-13:
978-0-553-07345-4
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Maria Carella - Book Design
Chris Hopkins  - Cover Artist
Front flap:

Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of our time, with penetrating insight into the darkest secrets of the human soul.  Now Donaldson turns his storytelling mastery to an intense new five-volume series of the far future, beginning with...
THE GAP INTO CONFLICT:
THE REAL STORY

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed out of his way.  They muttered that everyone who had ever gotten close to Thermopyle had ended up dead - or in the lockup.  But when he arrived at Mallorys Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice.  She was too beautiful, to obviously from a different class.  Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she showed up with Thermopyle.

One person in Mallorys Bar wasn't frightened.  Nick Succorso had his own ship, a sleek frigate fitted for deep space.  He had a reputation as a bold pirate, but not a bloodthirsty one.  And he had the kind of charisma that made men follow him and women want him.  Only the scars beneath his eyes - brutal knife cuts that darkened when his blood rose - indicated that he'd ever known defeat.  You could almost feel the tension when he first saw Morn Hyland.

Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course.  What nobody suspected was how quickly it would all be over - or how decisive the victory would be.  It was a common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought.  But the real story was something entirely different...
(Continued on back flap)

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(Continued from front flap)

something none of them would have believed.  Here is that story, as told by one of the modern giants of imaginative fiction.

The Real Story takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel (known as "crossing the Gap"), politics and betrayal, extraordinary technological development, and a shadowy presence just outside our view.  It confirms Stephen R. Donaldson's deep awareness of the wellsprings of the human condition and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.  It begins the fiercest, most profound story that he has ever written.

Includes a special afterward from the author.

STEPHEN R. DONALDSON was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1947, and as the son of an American missionary spent his early years in India.  After serving as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he attended Kent State University, where he earned a master's degree in English.  Donaldson made his writing debut in 1977; the series quickly became an international bestseller.  He was awarded the prestigious John W. Campbell Award as Best New Writer in 1979.  He currently lives in New Mexico, where he is working on the next book in the Gap series.
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 07-Nov-1991
Voyager
Paperback
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Date Issued:
07-Nov-1991
Format:
Paperback
Pages*:
208
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Internal ID:
114
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ISBN:
0-006-47019-X
ISBN-13:
978-0-006-47019-9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 16-Oct-2012
Audible Studios
Audiobook
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Date Issued:
16-Oct-2012
Format:
Audiobook
Cover Price:
$17.95
Length:
5 hrs 58 min (274 pages)
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   22 Feb 2024 - 23 Feb 2024
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Internal ID:
12990
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ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Scott Brick  - Narration
From audible.com:

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.

But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.

In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.
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©1991 Stephen R. Donaldson ℗2012 Audible, Inc.

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Author(s)

 Stephen R Donaldson
Birth: 13 May 1947 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Notes:
Stephen Reeder Donaldson (May 13, 1947 - ) was born on May 13, 1947  in Cleveland to his parents James R Donaldson and Mary Ruth Reeder.  James  Donaldson was a medical missionary and his family lived in India while  Stephen R Donaldson was between four to sixteen years of age.  His father  was a medical missionary and worked with lepers.  Stephen R. Donaldson  earned his BA degree in 1968 from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and his MA  in English in 1971 from Kent State University.

The first series Stephen R Donaldson wrote, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeleiver, was awarded first prize by the British Science Fiction Society in 1977 and 1978.  He also received the John W Campbell Award as the best new science fiction writer of 1978.

AI:
Stephen Donaldson is an American fantasy author known for his highly stylized, complex novels that blend elements of epic fantasy, science fiction, psychological drama, and political intrigue. Born on May 13, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, Donaldson grew up in a working-class family and struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood. Despite these challenges, he developed a deep love of reading and storytelling, which would eventually lead him to become one of the most imaginative and acclaimed authors of his generation.

Donaldson attended The College of Wooster in Ohio, where he studied English and graduated in 1968. He then went on to earn a Master's degree in English from Kent State University in 1971. After completing his studies, Donaldson worked for several years as a medical copyeditor, but he always felt drawn to the world of writing and fiction. In 1977, he published his first novel, Lord Foul's Bane, which would become the first book in his landmark trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever tells the story of a cynical and embittered bestselling author who finds himself mysteriously transported to a magical realm known as The Land. There, he discovers that he has been chosen to be the savior of this world and is given the power to heal and destroy with a single touch. However, Covenant has trouble accepting his destiny and struggles with both his faith and his own personal demons. The trilogy was a groundbreaking work in the fantasy genre, and it cemented Donaldson's reputation as a master storyteller.

Over the next several decades, Donaldson would go on to write several other critically acclaimed series, including The Gap Cycle, the Mordant's Need duology, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. His stories often explore themes of guilt, redemption, morality, and the nature of reality itself. Donaldson's writing is known for its intricate plotting, vivid imagery, and complex characters. He has been praised for his ability to create fully realized fictional worlds and for his unique blend of mythic and futuristic elements.

Despite his success as a writer, Donaldson has faced his share of challenges over the years. In addition to his struggles with dyslexia, he has also battled with depression and health issues. However, he has remained committed to his craft, and his work has inspired generations of readers and writers. Today, he is considered one of the greatest living fantasy authors, and his influence can be seen in many contemporary works in the genre.

In addition to his writing, Donaldson has also been an activist and advocate for environmental causes. He is an outspoken critic of industrialization, urbanization, and the destruction of natural habitats. He has written extensively on these topics and has lent his support to various organizations and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment.

Overall, Stephen Donaldson is a prolific and visionary author who has left an indelible mark on the world of fantasy fiction. His complex, thought-provoking stories have captivated readers for decades, and his legacy as a master storyteller is sure to endure for generations to come.

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