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A Voice in the Wilderness
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A Voice in the Wilderness
Old Man's War: The Human Division Series, Book 4
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The fourth episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.

Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he's watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It's everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is?

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The fourth episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.

Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he's watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It's everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is?

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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About the Author-
  • John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for Hugo Award as well. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android's Dream, The Last Colony and The Human Division. He has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, The Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 11, 2013
    Scalzi’s hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man’s War series is an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart. The human Colonial Union has lost the trust of neighboring worlds due to allegations that it’s been delaying Earth’s technological development so it can “farm” Earth for colonists and soldiers. When the Polk, a Union ambassadorial starship, is obliterated while on a secret diplomatic mission with the alien Utche, the Union sends in a “B-team”—rebellious and unorthodox Lt. Harry Wilson, meek diplomatic assistant Hart Schmidt, and aggressive ambassador Abumwe—to seal negotiations and discover who (or what) destroyed the Polk. Scalzi injects the thrilling wonder of escapist science fiction with the painful despair of human betrayal and selfishness, focusing as much on conflicts of the heart as on warring alien civilizations. First released as digital serial installments, the book’s chapters reverberate with cliffhanger suspense, building and resolving a central conflict while building on more complex story arcs. Deeply realized characters and stinging webs of political and social deceit lend mystery and emotionally harsh realism to a thrilling setting of deep space and distant worlds. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2013
    Scalzi (Redshirts, 2012, etc.) offers his fifth in the Old Man's War series. The Colonial Union keeps peace among the universe's humans, albeit one fractured after Earth's withdrawal. Blame John Perry and Jane Sagan, Roanoke Colony leaders. Earth's billions had provided Colonial Defense Forces troopers and outpost settlers, which allowed the Colonial Union to cope with the machinations of the Conclave, an alliance of alien (nonhuman) species. Scalzi rockets characters through assorted space adventures, with repeated appearances by Lt. Harry Wilson, CDF technician and Earth native, who finds himself wherever the action is, whether that's in space disarming a missile trap set for the Utche, an alien species with whom the Colonial Union is negotiating, or caring for an ambassador's dog whose survival figures into an alien civil war. Other players pop up repeatedly, including two CDF colonels, a hard-line ambassador and a female starship captain. Starships use "skip drive" to outwit Einsteinian physics and "skip drones" to communicate across light years. Human characters communicate in dialogue laced with 21st-century humor and irony, even among the CDF troopers (repurposed 75-year-old earthlings) equipped with "BrainPals," neural-computer implants. The aliens too function with socioethical and political mores replicating Machiavelli, authoritarians or third-rate dictators. Laced with oddball humor, the plot is not so esoteric that a newbie to sci-fi's outlier world cannot follow, and the science buy in isn't so great as to cause those who mastered introductory physics to stumble. The story simply launches human quandaries and foibles into the universe--greed, aggression, duplicity, arrogance, chauvinism and other distinctly human negatives--where they are imposed on alien circumstances, creatures and environments. Females share power and failure equally, but sex and romance take a back seat to wildcat settlements, derring-do heroes, missiles fired and messages misunderstood, all of which are offset by stunning technology, imagined landscapes and the covert destruction of Earth Station by spaceships piloted by brains-in-boxes. That makes for a gateway to the next episode. A Heinlein-like adventure for a serious sci-fi fan.

    COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2013

    In this collection of linked stories, army technician Harry Wilson and diplomatic corp officer Hart Schmidt are just two of the memorable characters trying to improve the reputation of humanity in a galaxy where everyone seems against them--even the population of their home planet, Earth. With a knack for crafting entertaining interstellar politics and diplomacy, Scalzi tells 13 discrete stories (originally sold serially online), each with its own perspective and tone. All told, these add up to one satisfying and very fun whole. VERDICT Featuring the author's trademark humor, clever dialog, and a hefty dose of action, this is a wonderful addition to Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe.

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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