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The alien world of medieval Europe lives again, transformed by the physics of the future, by a winner of the Heinlein Award Over the centuries, one small town in Germany has disappeared and never been resettled. Tom, a historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived. What's so special about Eifelheim? Father Dietrich is the village priest of Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength but is still not nearby. Dietrich is an educated man, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact person between humanity and an alien race from a distant star, when their ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague. Flynn gives us the full richness and strangeness of medieval life, as well as some terrific aliens. Tom and Sharon, and Father Deitrich have a strange destiny of tragedy and triumph in Eifelheim, the brilliant science fiction novel by Michael Flynn.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 33.02mm | 249.47g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765340356
  • 9780765340351
  • 189,731

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Bursting with pungent historical detail and Big Theme musings, this dense, provocative novel offers big rewards to patient readers. "Entertainment Weekly" Marvelous. Wonderful. A tour de force. Choose your superlative. Flynn uses physics, theology, logic and extraterrestrials to explore the subtleties of the human heart and mind. "Starlog" A deeply researched and well-thought-out novel that moves us and makes us smarter just for having read it. Orson Scott Card One of those very occasional novels that you know early on you will never forget. A powerhouse. Jack McDevitt Flynn's combination of science fiction, historical fact and logical deduction makes for a fascinating and addictive read. "Rocky Mountain News" With a sure grasp of both speculative science and medieval history, Flynn ("The Wreck of the River of Stars") compellingly weaves past and present together in a dialog of faith and science. With neat turns of plot and intriguing medieval and modern characters. . . Highly recommended. "Library Journal, (starred review)" Heartbreaking . . . .Flynn masterfully achieves an intricate panorama of medieval life, full of fascinatingly realized human and Krenken characters whose fates interconnect with poignant irony. "Publishers Weekly, starred review" Meticulously researched, intense, mesmerizing novel (based in some part on a 1986 short story) for readers seeking thoughtful science fiction of the highest order. "Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)""" An arresting revision of many contemporary assumptions about human nature .As usual, Flynn's content and form render his work both engaging and engrossing. "SFRA Review" In Flynn's masterful hand, even the most fateful conversations take delightful turns as human and alien discuss the heavens and how to return to them. Eifelheim is both speculative fiction and morality tale. "Sunday Free Press" [Flynn] makes both worlds-the medieval German town and the modern couple trying to determine the likelihood of interstellar travel-real, physical, and emotional....A remarkably rich and dense work. "Bookgasm""show more

About Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is an Analog magazine alumnus whose fiction now appears regularly in all the major SF magazines. His major work of the 1990s was the Firestar series of novels.show more

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2,888 ratings
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2 8% (237)
1 4% (107)
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