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Now available: ebook and large paperback editions of Enchantress from the Stars
At long last, Kindle and epub editions of Enchantress from the Stars are here -- and also a brand new paperback edition in a larger size than the Firebird edition, with a beautiful new cover. They were published on April 10 by Bloomsbury and can now be purchased at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iTunes.
This edition contains some minor wording changes, mainly to replace the generic use of masculine nouns and pronouns with gender-neutral language. That was the only thing in the book that was outdated, despite the 48 years that have passed since its first publication. I'm happy that it's being made available for a new generation of readers to enjoy.
Be sure to read the FAQ about the book at this site, and also--especially if you're a teacher or other adult who has discussed the book with young readers--my essay Reflections on Enchantress from the Stars.
More new paperback editions
I have recently issued new paperback editions of The Far Side of Evil and Journey Between Worlds, which were out of print. Because many copies of the Firebird editions are still available from book dealers, there may not be a large demand for these, but I wanted them to be available to libraries that can order only from standard distributors. Also, these are large size paperbacks, not mass-market size, so some readers will prefer them.
The Far Side of Evil has a new cover, which is now also used on the ebook. This is the first time I personally, as distinguished from a publisher's artist, have ventured to portray Elana. In the two books about her I carefully avoided saying what she looked like, since the question of whether she's descended from people of Earth is meant to be an open one. But most of the other editions' covers have shown her in one way or another, so I decided to offer my own visualization, and I have depicted her as of mixed Terrestrial race. Of course, in this book she is older and in a darker situation than than in Enchantress from the Stars, so looks different from what readers of that book may have imagined.
Which book should I read first?
My novels are very different from each other and people sometimes don't realize that they might not have begun with the one they would be most likely to enjoy. Below are suggestions for where to start.
If you are in 5th or 6th grade you should start with Enchantress from the Stars, and you probably won't like any of the others until you are older.
If you are in 7th or 8th grade you should start with Enchantress from the Stars, This Star Shall Abide, or -- if you are a girl who likes romance -- Journey Between Worlds. (I don't recommend The Far Side of Evil to readers below high school age.)
If you are in 9th or 10th grade, you will want to read Enchantress from the Stars if you enjoy stories told in the style of fantasy, but you don't have to read it first. And if you prefer books that aren't at all like fantasy, you should start with This Star Shall Abide, The Far Side of Evil, or Journey Beween Worlds.
If you an adult or a high school junior or senior, you can start with any of the above, but may prefer to read Children of the Star or Defender of the Flame first.
If you are an adult and the controversial medical theme of Stewards of the Flame appeals to you, then read it before the other "Flame" books. If it doesn't, then Promise of the Flame can be read first. Neither of these is suitable for YA readers, and neither needs to be read before Defender of the Flame if you prefer to skip them. Some adult readers like Defender much better.
Titles not mentioned above are sequels and shouldn't be read until after the books that precede them.
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Children of the Star trilogy
Book 1: This Star Shall Abide
Book 2: Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
Book 3: The Doors of the Universe
Omnibus: Children of the Star
THE HIDDEN FLAME
Book 1: Stewards of the Flame
Book 2: Promise of the Flame
Omnibus: The Hidden Flame
THE RISING FLAME
Book 1: Defender of the Flame
Book 2: Herald of the Flame
Omnibus: The Rising Flame
Enchantress from the Stars
The Far Side of Evil
Journey Between Worlds
The Planet-Girded Suns: The Long
History of Belief in Exoplanets
Reflections on the Future: Collected Essays
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