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Gap into Power: A Dark and Hungry God Arises

85.7% complete
1992
1993
2 times
Hyland, Morn (Fictitious character) - Fiction
Science fiction
Succorso, Nick (Fictitious character) - Fiction
Taverner, Milos (Fictitious character) - Fiction
Thermopyle, Angus (Fictitious character) - Fiction
See 44
1 - Holt
2 - Warden
3 - Milos
4 - Ancillary Documentation
5 - Davies
6 - Nick
7 - Nick
8 - Nick
9 - Milos
10 - Ancillary Documentation
11 - Warden
12 - Ancillary Documentation
13 - Morn
14 - Angus
15 - Angus
16 - Angus
17 - Nick
18 - Davies
19 - Ancillary Documentation
20 - Min
21 - Min
22 - Ancillary Documentation
23 - Liete
24 - Mikka
25 - Angus
26 - Davies
27 - Angus
28 - Sorus
29 - Milos
30 - Ancillary Documentation
31 - Godsen
32 - Min
33 - Ancillary Documentation
34 - Nick
35 - Angus
36 - Liete
37 - Angus
38 - Liete
39 - Angus
40 - Morn
41 - Liete
42 - Morn
43 - Angus
44 - Warden
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Copyright © 1992 Stephen R. Donaldson
TO
LYNDA KEXEL
BILL PUDER
AND
RICK CARTER:
the best team.
Shortly before Angus Thermopyle and Milos Taverner left UMCPHQ aboard Trumpet, Holt Fasner visited his mother.
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Nick Succorso rubbed the scars on his face as if they were tight with old pain and waited for Billingate Operations to assign him a berth.

Where he was told to dock would hint at where he stood with the Bill.

He knew perfectly well that he was pushing the Bill into a difficult position.  The Amnion warships - Tranquil Hegemony and now Calm Horizons, looming out of deep space - had certainly been in communication with Thanatos Minor, transmitting their requirements.  Also certainly, those requirements weren't to Nick's benefit.  And the Bill had to take them seriously.  He lived here on sufferance: his hosts could revoke his whole economic existence whenever they wished.  In addition, two Amnion warships represented enough fire-power to root him out of his rock like a rat out of a hole.

And then there was the question of selling human beings to forbidden space.  The Bill had no moral, or even visceral, qualms about such things: that was sure.  Nevertheless he was equally sure to have pragmatic qualms.  If Thanatos Minor became known as a place where men and women were lost to the Amnion, Billingate would lose traffic.  Fewer ships would come; fewer repairs would be done; fewer goods would be sold.

He wouldn't thank Nick Succorso for bringing problems like that down on his head.

On the other hand, Nick had credit for the repairs he needed; and providing such repairs brought in much of Billingate's wealth.  And the ships which came for repair were the same vessels which brought the resources and information the Amnion craved.  Any ship the Bill turned away would have a double impact on his profits.

Also the circumstances surrounding the sale of Morn and her damnable brat were unique.  In this situation, the Bill might believe that he could cooperate with Nick - perhaps secretly, perhaps passively - without risking too much damage.

He wouldn't thank Nick for coming to him now, like this.  But he might conceivably do the work Nick needed from him.

The first indication of his leanings would come when Operations assigned a berth.  A visitor's dock or a place in the shipyard?  If the Bill treated Captain's Fancy like a visitor, Nick's troubles were just beginning.

As if Morn hadn't already done him enough harm -

He still had no idea how she'd escaped from her cabin to reprogram that ejection pod.  The maintenance computer reported that the lock on her door worked fine.  His crew volunteered nothing.  Someone had betrayed him, but he didn't know who - or why.

"#### them all to #### and ####," he muttered.  "What the ####'s taking so long?"

Mikka Vasaczk and her watch had the bridge while Captain's Fancy coasted toward the rock.  Sib Mackern sat at the data station because he and Alba Parmute were sharing the work of three people; but Scorz was a competent replacement for Lind on communications, Ransum could manage helm despite her jittery hands, and Karster was safe enough at targ.  The scan second, Arkenhill, was no substitute for Carmel - who was? - and this close to Thanatos Minor, as well as to two Amnion warships, scan was critical; but Mikka was watching everything that came in through Arkenhill's board almost as carefully as Nick himself did.

In any case, Captain's Fancy was moving too slowly to survive a fight.  She might inflict damage, but she would be destroyed nonetheless.

 

Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 06-May-2024

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 01-Nov-1992
Bantam Books
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Nov-1992
Format:
Hardback
Cover Price:
$10.98
Pages*:
473
Catalog ID:
03571
Read:
Once
Reading(s):
1)   1 Jan 1993 - 1 Jan 1993
Internal ID:
18
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-553-07176-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-553-07176-4
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Diane Stevenson - Book Design
Stephen Youll  - Cover Artist
Front flap:

A master storyteller, Stephen R. Donaldson established himself worldwide with his unforgettable bestselling fantasy series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.  Then, with The Real World and Forbidden Knowledge, he launched a thrilling new science fiction cycle.  Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil - and its own dark nature.

THE GAP INTO POWER:
A DARK AND HUNGRY GOD ARISES

Billingate: illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated... gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion and clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanity.

It is here that beautiful UMCP cop Morn Hyland is about to be traded to the Amnion by the buccaneer Nick Succorso - an act of profiteering and revenge that pushes his crew to mutiny.  Now Nick's survival depends on retrieving Morn's sixteen-year-old son "force-grown" by the Amnion, a boy struggling to gain his identity.  To accomplish the rescue, Nick must turn to his mortal enemy, Angus Thermopyle.  Irrevocably altered, programmed for an unknown purpose, Thermopyle has apparently escaped captivity and fled to Billingate with the infamous double-dealer, Milos Taverner.  Together they will mount a raid against a man called the Bill, illegal spaceport owner and traitor to the human race - and into the center of the most heavily defended shipyard in the universe.

At Billingate the stage is set for confrontation, when the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided in a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayal.
Continued on back flap


Back flap:

(Continued from front flap)

In A Dark and Hungry God Arises, nothing is as it seems.  As schemes unravel to reveal yet deeper schemes, the lives of Morn, Nick, and Angus may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played out between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed-driven ruler of the UMC.  Here, the future of humankind hangs on the uncertain fortune of Morn Hyland in a daring novel of epic power and suspense, relentlessly gripping from first page to last.

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 with the first Thomas Covenant books 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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 29-Nov-1993
HarperCollins
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Date Issued:
29-Nov-1993
Pages*:
656
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Internal ID:
116
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-006-47021-1
ISBN-13:
978-0-006-47021-2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Cover:
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Notes and Comments:
 16-Oct-2012
Audible Studios
Audiobook
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Date Issued:
16-Oct-2012
Format:
Audiobook
Cover Price:
$29.99
Length:
20 hrs 10 min (527 pages)
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   25 Mar 2024 - 29 Mar 2024
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Internal ID:
33376
Publisher:
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Scott Brick  - Narration
From audible.com:

A master storyteller, Stephen R. Donaldson established a worldwide reputation with his unforgettable, critically acclaimed fantasy series The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant. Then, with The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge, he launched a thrilling new science fiction series. Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil - and its own dark nature.

The stage is set for confrontation at Billingate - illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated. Gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion, the shipyard is a clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanity. It is here that the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided amid a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayal. As schemes unravel to reveal yet deeper designs, Morn, Nick, and Angus' lives may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played our between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed-driven ruler of the UMC.

Here, the future of humankind hangs on the uncertain fortune of Morn Hyland in a daring novel of epic power and suspense, relentlessly gripping from first page to last.
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©1992 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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