The Books of Sylvia Engdahl

Plus Essays and Commentary about Subjects They Deal With

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Stand-Alone Novels

Enchantress from the Stars

A Young Adult novel for readers age 12 and older. A Newbery Honor Book.

"Original and charming." --Ursula LeGuin, New York Times Book Review

"Not just a novel for young adults but also one of the finest sf novels ever written--a classic of the genre." --InfinityPlus


Also available as an audiobook. No pdf edition.

The Far Side of Evil

A Young Adult novel for high school age readers.

Though this novel has the same heroine as Enchantress from the Stars it is not a "sequel" but an independent and much darker story unsuitable for middle-school readers. Older readers can read them in either order.

"Gripping psychological science fiction." --Times Literary Supplement



Journey Between Worlds

A Young Adult novel for readers age 12 and older.

A romance about the colonization of Mars.

"Beautifully-written, heartwarming, and scientifically plausible." --Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show



Children of the Star Trilogy

This Star Shall Abide

(Children of the Star, Book One)
UK title Heritage of the Star

A Young adult novel for readers age 12 and older.

Winner of a Christopher Award for "affirmation of the highest values of the human spirit."

"Both logically and consistently suspenseful... This Star will Abide a good deal longer than most here today, gone tomorrow sci-fi." --Kirkus Reviews


Also available as an audiobook.

Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
(Children of the Star, Book Two)

A Young Adult novel for high school age readers.

"Wrestles with deeply adult problems." --Psychology Today


No paperback edition.

The Doors of the Universe
(Children of the Star, Book Three)

A Young Adult novel for high school age readers.

"Haunts the reader long after it is finished." --Journal of Reading


No paperback edition.

Children of the Star
(Omnibus Edition)

Issued as adult science fiction.

"[The novels were first] marketed as young adult books, but there is nothing juvenile about them.... Engdahl tells an important and pertinent story." --San Jose Mercury News



Flame Duologies

Defender of the Flame
(The Rising Flame, Book One)

An adult novel that may be enjoyed by mature high school age readers.

Though published later than the Hidden Flame duology, this one is completely independent and quite different. It is preferred by many adults who like my YA books.

"This book reaches back to the brio and speculation of Engdahl's classic books of the Seventies." --Nicholas Birns, author of J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Modern Fantasy



Herald of the Flame
(The Rising Flame, Book Two)

An adult novel that may be enjoyed by mature high school age readers.

Defender of the Flame should be read first, as this sequel contains spoilers for it.

"A futuristic ride that has many parallels in today’s society. This is a ‘thinking man’s’ science fiction book – the type we need more of today!" --The Feathered Quill



The Rising Flame
(Omnibus Edition)

This duology is set two hundred years later than the Hidden Flame duology and does not in any way depend on having read it. However, the backstory included will spoil some of the suspense of the earlier duology if that is read later.

"These novels are not so much genre 'Romance' or even just 'Science Fiction' as they are Literature. These are novels about life." --Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Alien Romances: Reviews 14



Stewards of the Flame
(The Hidden Flame, Book One)

An adult novel inappropriate for YA readers.

Though published before the other Flame novels and set earlier in time, this has a more controversial theme and moves more slowly, so is not typical of them.

“The story is compelling ... a thought provoking novel that may make you question the authority and direction of modern Western medical practices." --Blogcritics



Promise of the Flame
(The Hidden Flame, Book Two)

An adult novel inappropriate for YA readers.

This novel can be read independently of Stewards of the Flame.

"The ideas and futuristic possibilities are disturbingly real and will remain with the reader long after they’ve finished the book.” --IndieReader Staff Review



The Hidden Flame
(Omnibus Edition)

"Thought-provoking themes, heroic characters, action, and suspense. Once you start reading these, you won't want to put them down." Robert H., Amazon Vine Voice



Nonfiction

The Planet-Girded Suns:
The Long History of Belief in Exoplanets

For adults and high school age readers.

About the little-known fact that most educated people in the 18th and 19th centuries believed planets of other suns are inhabited.

"Engdahl has marshalled an impressive and fascinating selection of primary sources and ... reminded us that our ancestors entertained a view of the universe that was larger and more imaginative than the history books lead us to believe." --Kirkus Reviews



Reflections on the Future:
Collected Essays

For adults and high school age readers.

Essays about my books, the importance of space colonization, and many other topics, plus an autobiography.

"Full of great ideas some of which have stood the test of time. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in the possibilities of the future." --Reader review, Amazon UK


No paperback edition.


Anthology

Anywhere, Anywhen:
Stories of Tomorrow (Expanded Edition)

Young Adult fiction for readers age 12 and older.

Includes all of my short fiction as well as original stories by other authors.

"The stories are well-written, deeply thought out and a pleasure to read." —Sunday Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


No paperback edition.

Quick Links to Short Excerpts from the Books

Enchantress from the Stars
The Far Side of Evil
Journey Between Worlds
This Star Shall Abide
Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
The Doors of the Universe
Stewards of the Flame
Promise of the Flame
Defender of the Flame
Herald of the Flame
The Planet-Girded Suns


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