Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
New York : Timescape Books, 1981. Book club edition. Hardcover. 336 pages ; 25 cm. This copy is in good condition with the original dust jacket, has minimal foxing to the front and rear end papers, as well as the page edges. Pages are age tone and unmarked. Binding is firm.
"I didn't mean to stay up all night to finish Wind-haven but I had to! Lisa Tuttle and George R. R. Martin have created a fine science fiction adventure that could only have happened on one planet—Windhaven." —Anne McCaffrey
The planet Windhaven was settled by humans after the crash of a colony starship. Survivors discovered that people could actually fly on this world, aided by the light gravity and dense atmosphere, and using wings made from a virtually indestructible metal fabric that had once been part of the starship. On this planet of small islands, monster-infested seas and stormy skies, the only means of regular communication between islands is the flyers, a society of men and women who carry messages from island to island, serving those who are land-bound.
Tradition is strong in the flyers' guild, and tradition has always dictated that new members must be the children of flyers, that wings can be passed only from a flyer to his oldest child. Tradition also dictates that flyers will carry no weapons, and that they will remain politically aloof, detached from the messages they carry.
Maris of Amberly is land-bound—and she wants nothing more than to fly. The daughter of a fisherman, she has no right to the wings of her stepfather, who will pass them on to his son, Coll. And Coll wants nothing more than to be a singer, to spend his life traveling the planet by sea, composing and singing the songs that will carry legends and tales around the world.
Maris challenges flyer tradition when she speaks up for herself and her stepbrother, Coll, defending their right to pursue their individual dreams. She proposes that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit, so that only the best will fly. Maris wins her battle, but finds she must face the changes her victory brings.
Not all flyers are willing to accept those who are not flyer-born, and not all "one-wings," flyers who win wings in competition, share Maris's love of the established flyers' traditions. Led by Val, an intense, brooding man, the one-wings begin to challenge everything that has been sacred to the flyers' guild and Windhaven's culture, including political neutrality and the custom of not bearing arms. Maris finds herself battling to preserve the integrity of the flyers and to adjust to the new world she has helped create.
Windhaven incorporates one of the most popular novelettes of the 1970s, The Storms of Windhaven, and completes the story of Maris of Amberly.
About the Authors
George R. R. Martin won his first Hugo Award in 1974 for his novella A Song for Lya. In 1980 he became the first author to receive two Hugo Awards for fiction in one year: best novelette for Sandkings, and best short story for The Way of Cross and Dragon. Sand-kings also won a Nebula Award for best novelette of 1979. Martin has edited the New Voices anthology series, and his first novel, Dying of the Light, has been highly acclaimed. Formerly a professor of journalism, George R. R. Martin now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he writes on a full-time basis and contributes often to science fiction magazines.
Lisa Tuttle won the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction writer of the year in 1974. Her first story, Stranger in the House, was published in Robin Scott Wilson's Clarion II anthology, and Tuttle is well known for her collaboration with George R. R. Martin on the novella The Storms of Windhaven. Tuttle graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English, and has worked as a journalist for the Austin American Statesman. She is currently on an extended visit to England, where she writes fiction on a full-time basis and contributes regularly to science fiction magazines. Windhaven is her first novel.
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