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Gap into Vision: Forbidden Knowledge

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1991
1991
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Science fiction
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Copyright © 1991 Stephen R. Donaldson
TO COLIN BAKER:
Who knows how much
good he's done me?
Milos Taverner sighed, ran his hand across his mottled scalp as if to verify that what remained of his hair was still present, and lit another nic.
May contain spoilers
Then he took Angus out to the docks to join Milos Taverner and Min Donner aboard Trumpet.
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She had so little time - and no idea what to do.  Nick had said ten minutes, heavy g in ten minutes.  And she knew almost nothing about her gap-sickness; she didn't know how to control it.

She'd already disabled her zone implant's capacity to simply shut her off, render her catatonic.

Fool.

Something else.  She had to do something else, and do it fast.  Nick wasn't going to wait for her to master her panic.  He was punishing her for her small triumph on the bridge, that was one reason he'd decided to go into full acceleration so quickly, even though he risked burning her brain away -

He had a gift for revenge.  At most only a minute or two remained.  A minute or two before heavy g drove her completely insane.

The zone implant control was her only hope.  She'd retrieved it from its hiding place; she had it in her hand.  But which function should she use?  She couldn't guess what part of her brain had been damaged, where her vulnerability lay; which complex of neurons was responsible for the utter clarity with which the universe spoke to her, commanding ruin.

She couldn't think.

####### it, she swore at Angus, where are you when I need you?

Without warning Captain's Fancy reduced spin; internal g drained out of the cabin.  Standard procedure: it saved wear on the equipment and spared the crew the stress of being pulled in more than one direction at once.

She had no more time.  Frantically she reached her bunk, rolled herself into it, pulled up and sealed the blanket so that she wouldn't fall out when shifting g reoriented the furniture.  That way the berth would serve her as a kind of g-couch, absorbing as much of her body's stress as it could.

Almost at once a low rumble came through the hull - the muffled, sudden thunder of the thrusters.

In desperation she jerked up the control and hit the button which would flood her with rest, wash her away into sleep and oblivion.  Then she jammed the black box under her mattress.

Right or wrong, that solved all her problems - at least for the time being.  Panic and consciousness left her as if they were squeezed away by the sudden pressure which made her as massive as death.  She filled up with relaxation as she filled up with weight; g itself felt like irrefusable slumber.

Nevertheless she went on cursing while her mind lasted.

Fool.

Nobody could stand the strain of full thrust for long: nobody aboard would survive unless Nick reduced g at regular intervals.  If she'd asked somebody on the bridge how long burn would last, she could have set the control's timer to let her go when acceleration eased.

But she hadn't done that, not her, fool, fool, and now it was too late.  She was lost.  She wasn't going to wake up until somebody found the control and switched it off.

Dramatis Personae
Character
Affiliation
Marc Vestabule
Emissary
Angus Thermopyle
Pirate
Ciro "Pup" Vasaczk
Pirate
Mikka Vasaczk
Pirate
Nick Succorso
Pirate
Orn Vorbuld
Pirate
Sib Mackern
Pirate
Sorus Chatelaine
Pirate
Vector Shaheed
Pirate
Godsen Frik
UMCP
Hashi Lebwohl
UMCP
Min Donner
UMCP
Morn Hyland
UMCP
Warden Dios
UMCP

 

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

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 01-Jul-1991
Bantam Books
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jul-1991
Format:
Hardback
Cover Price:
$9.98
Pages*:
407
Catalog ID:
18464
Read:
Once
Reading(s):
1)   1 Jul 1991 - 1 Jul 1991
Internal ID:
17
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-553-07174-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-553-07174-0
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Chris Hopkins  - Cover Artist
Diane Stevenson - Book Design
Front flap:

First Stephen R. Donaldson gave us The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the critically acclaimed and wildly popular fantasy series that established this master storyteller as one of today's most insightful novelists.  Then came The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story, the suspenseful beginning of a brand-new science fiction series.  Now the story continues in an even more powerful tale of dark passions, perilous alliances, and dubious heroism.

THE GAP INTO VISION:
FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE

Morn Hyland, United Mining Companies police officer, is beautiful, brilliant, dedicated, and dangerous.  Two ruthless men think they can possess her, but Morn is no one's victim, no one's pawn.

Charismatic ore-pirate Nick Succorso, for example, sees Morn as booty wrested from his vicious colleague, Angus Thermopyle.  But he soon finds himself engaged in a deadly power struggle with the supposedly helpless captive, as she strives to retain her identity, her integrity, and ultimately her life.  Angus Thermopyle, too, once made the mistake of underestimating Morn, and he is about to pay the ultimate price - by falling prey to the twisted aims of the very authorities he has battled since boyhood.

And beyond them all, within the borders of Forbidden Space, wait the Amnion, an alien race embodying all that humanity knows of horror, a race capable of transforming humans into mutated, unrecognizable forms.  The Amnion want something from the human race - and will go to unthinkable lengths to get it.
(Continued on back flap)

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(Continued from front flap)

In Forbidden Knowledge Stephen R. Donaldson spins a galaxywide web of intrigue that entangles Morn, Nick, Angus, the UMCP, and even the Amnion in loops of deception and betrayal that none of them can escape - and that tightens with inexorable strength around characters and readers alike.

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.  His newest work is a five-volume cycle of novels that began in early 1991 with Bantam Spectra's publication of The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story.  He currently lives in New Mexico, where he is working on the next book in the Gap series.
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 05-Nov-1992
HarperCollins
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Date Issued:
05-Nov-1992
Pages*:
576
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
115
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-006-47020-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-006-47020-5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Cover:
Book Cover
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 16-Oct-2012
Audible Studios
Audiobook
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Date Issued:
16-Oct-2012
Format:
Audiobook
Cover Price:
$17.99
Length:
17 hrs 10 min (482 pages)
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   20 Mar 2024 - 21 Mar 2024
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Internal ID:
33377
Publisher:
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 retums with the second book in his long-awaited new science fiction series - a story about dark passions, perilous alliances, and dubious heroism set in a stunningly imagined future.

Beautiful, brilliant, and dangerous, Morn Hyland is an ex-police officer for the United Mining Companies - and the target of two ruthless, powerful men.

One is the charismatic ore-pirate Nick Succorso, who sees Morn as booty wrested from his vicious rival, Angus Thermopyle. Thermopyle once made the mistake of underestimating Morn and now he's about to pay the ultimate price.

Both men think they can possess her, but Morn is no one's trophy - and no one's pawn.

Meanwhile, within the borders of Forbidden Space, wait the Amnioin, an alien race capable of horrific atrocities.

The Amnion want something unspeakable from humanity - and they will go to unthinkable lengths to get it.

In Forbidden Knowledge, Stephen R. Donaldson spins a galaxywide web of intrigue, deception, and betrayal that tightens with inexorable strength around characters and readers alike.
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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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