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A Song for Lya: And Other Stories

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Two telepaths investigate the newly discovered world of Shkea, where every native inhabitant, and an increasing number of human colonists, worships a mysterious and deadly parasite. Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

Other short stories in this collection:

With morning comes mistfall
The second kind of loneliness
Dark, dark were the tunnels
The hero
Run t
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Babbage Press (first published 1974)
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May 23, 2010 Lyn rated it really liked it
This was a short story by George R.R. Martin.
Its about a distant planet that is inhabited by a race of people called Shkeen. Humans, from Old Earth, have established a thriving city nearby, and the leader of the human city, Dino Valcarenghi is very disturbed and concerned about the religion of the Shkeen that has come among the human colony. Valcarenghi has hired a pair of vampires from the planet Baldur, Robb and Lyanna. Their task is to uncover why the humans are converting to this mysterious
Jul 18, 2010 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I wanted to try out George R. R. Martin's other genre of books, so this novella set in a futuristic, sci fi world seemed like a good place to start. The beginning was strong and I was sucked in right away into the dynamics of the alien world which seemed similar to ours, but with some important differences. The middle was a little creepy and cultish, but the ending kind of fizzled out with no satisfying explanation or revelation.
Mar 30, 2011 Don rated it it was ok
I've never read anything by Martin. His more recent Fantasy novels come highly recommended. I thought I would test the waters by reading this book, which contains earlier (1970's) science fiction short stories,including the Hugo Award-winning title novella. I read most, although not all, of the stories, and I have to say that I am unimpressed. The shorter stories are well-written, but ultimately kind of ordinary in concept and narrative. The Novella is better, with an intriguing concept, but his ...more
Sebastian Hagedorn
Really good. Most of the stories are a bit on the dark side, which is fine, but I'm glad that ASOIAF (at least in my mind) shows an outlook that's a little more positive - not that it doesn't have its share of darkness! Anyway, the story that gives the collection its title is a must-read. I'd give that one five stars right away. It poses some uncomfortable questions and I love that they aren't answered. You'll have to make up your mind on your own ... The other stories are less impressive but st ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Gerald Heath
Nov 08, 2011 Gerald Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story took only an hour to read, but I found it haunting; one of those stories you think about for days.

While the setting is in a distant future and a newly discovered planet, this story is not science fiction. The protagonists deal with the power of love, and the meaning of God, and it changes them forever.

That being said, this is not a religious book, and some of you might well find the discussion of God offensive. I found it thought provoking, and well worth a short read. It is availab
Althea Ann
Jul 26, 2012 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing
If you're in the market for a book of Martin's short fiction right now, you might as well go ahead and get 'Dreamsongs,' the much more comprehensive, 2-volume retrospective set that came out more recently.
However, just cause this book doesn't have ALL THE STORIES doesn't mean that everything that's here isn't excellent. This was Martin's first published short-story collection. In my estimation, just about all of the stories here are 5-star-worthy.

"With Morning Comes Mistfall" (Analog 19
Mar 09, 2012 Isaac rated it really liked it
Una canción para Lya me parece una obra maestra, del resto (y es que hace mucho ya) recuerdo el cuento de la bruma, aunque no mucho más.

No obstante sólo por la historia de Lya, una de amor por cierto, merece la pena si alguien encuentra alguna edición, yo lo hice en la feria del libro antiguo y de ocasión en Valencia, cuando era un universitario que cargaba libros allí, porque no tienes un duro cuando estudias y había que aprovechar esos momentos pre-kindle y tablets.
May 28, 2012 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2012
Another brilliant short story by George R.R. Mrtin, this one having an almost philosophical twist on the existence of a higher power and what all humans really want in the end. For instance...when older, would you let yourself be slowly eaten to death by a parasite if whilst it happened you were happier than you had ever been and didn't feel anything but absolute kinship with the universe? You might say no way, but compare this with waiting to die naturally when old? It raises some great points ...more
May 21, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This story of the human urge to be accepted and loved unconditionally and deeply, pulled me so far in, I could not let it go.
By the end of it... I felt like someone had reached into me and pulled the still-beating heart from my chest.
I felt so incredibly lost, because the book was over.
It was the strongest reaction to a book that I had ever felt.
It was perfect.

It was the best thing I have ever read.
Jun 14, 2013 Ivan rated it it was amazing
This short story is a beautifully written! It is mainly reaches human loneliness. when you walk down the streets, along with thousands peoples, or even with your close ones you are always alone with your inner thoughts and feelings. This story describe 3 kind of behavior to loneliness: 1) full engagement and deep immersion to universal soul,knowledge of millions souls and joy - like Lya did; 2) living with understanding and emotional connection with somebody, but not fully absorption and not los ...more
May 08, 2016 Deanna rated it it was amazing
This took me a couple days to get into but by the time they went into the depth of human psychology- the fear, yet inevitability, of being alone and our quest to find connection and understanding, I was sucked in. I'm left with an ache in my heart as it hit home for me as well as I'm sure it did many of us. At the same time I know what its like to seek connection from one that walls them self off and doesn't even realize what kind of connection or understanding they are missing out on. They can ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is a collection of short stories, and I really enjoyed it overall. I decided it’d be easier to go through and give a little blurb on my thoughts and individual ratings instead of talking about the book as a whole:

With Morning Comes Mistfall – The writing was good, obviously, and I liked the premise of it (a mist that has wraiths in it that kill people!) but I was really dissatisfied with the ending. It just fell flat for me. Story Rating:

The Second Kind of Loneliness – A really interesting
Au matin tombe la brume

Une belle nouvelle exprimant l'idée, sacrément nostalgique, que la science détruit forcément le mystère et donc la poésie.

Il y a solitude et solitude

Une histoire de solitude pour un gardien de phare au-dela de Pluton. Sans être totalement téléphonée, la fin est quand même assez prévisible. Et comme le style est ... quelconque, eh bien ça donne une nouvelle pas terrible.

Pour une poignée de volutoines

Encore une histoire très classique dans le fond et la forme, avec toutefois
Nov 22, 2013 Antonio rated it liked it
Adentrarse en esta recopilación es, cuanto menos, un ejercicio recomendable. Recomendable para todos aquellos a los que George R.R. Martin nos ha cautivado con su obra de fantasía épica. Y es que CDHYF es el culmen, la excelencia que nuestro gordito ha encontrado tras años de escribir y escribir. Con esta colección de relatos podemos descubrir una parte vital y bastante desconocida de Martin: el amor a la ciencia ficción.

Otro tema es la mayor o menor calidad de estos 10 relatos en los que sobret
Mar 29, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
I bought 'A song for Lya' entirely by accident by clicking the wrong button on my kindle.
Begrudgingly I started reading it only because I had paid money for it. turned out to be far better and more thought provoking than I ever expected. I read it in just over an hour but the underlying plot themes have stayed with me for days. I highly recommend it, and not just for sci-fi lovers!

GRRM sure does love the names Robb and Lyanna!
M Hamed
Aug 12, 2015 M Hamed rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, hard-sci-fi
why can't i right stuff like that
i mean what is wrong with me
Tamara Pietrantoni
Mar 16, 2015 Tamara Pietrantoni rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
"Una canción para Lya" es el primero de los relatos, y es sin duda el segundo de mi lista de favoritos debido a la clara evolución del argumento, en la cual llegas a comprender todos los puntos de vista presentados, e incluso te planteas cual escogerías.

"Las brumas se ponen por la mañana" es un poco más sencillo. Lo cierto es que de este, solo me ha gustado la admiración de la belleza de un mundo desconocido (incluso llegas a sentirla), y el planteamiento de la necesidad de preguntas sin respues
Rob Darnell
Feb 26, 2015 Rob Darnell rated it it was amazing
I finished reading A Song for Lya, by George R. R. Martin. This book had been in my bookcase for years, unread. I love Martin’s work, I just hadn’t gotten around to this book until recently. A Song for Lya is a collection of short stories and novellas that Martin wrote in the late 60s and early 70s. They are all very good. I have no complaints.

I also read these books by George R. R. Martin: Windhaven (Co-authored with Lisa Tuttle), A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast
Aug 31, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it
I need to read more of George RR Martin's sci-fi stories/novels, because this one was absolutely brilliant. Oddly enough, A Song for Lya wasn't my favorite story in this collection, although it was quite good. The Exit to San Breta felt a bit like a Twilight Zone episode (although perhaps only because I was reading it late at night and was already sufficiently spooked). Same with Dark Were The Tunnels - I was imagining the post-apocalypse-Earth-humans and could almost hear the title theme music ...more
Oct 12, 2015 SpookySoto rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
Nunca habia leido nada de este autor, no me interesa Games of thrones y nunca he visto la serie. Hasta hace poco ni siquiera sabia que Martin escribia ciencia ficcion.

Una cancion para Lya es una recopilacion de historias de ciencia ficcion y se incluye la novel ganadora de un premio Hugo, que da titulo al libro.

Francamente me ha dejado decepcionada. Siento que las historias tenian una premisa interesante que no fueron explotadas al maximo, tal vez por tratarse de relatos cortos. Me las encontre
Luis Diego Camacho Mora
Ya que aún no saca la sexta entrega de Canción de Hielo y Fuego, pues busqué sus inicios con estos excelentes relatos de ciencia ficción. No por nada habían ganado el premio Hugo.
En cada uno de ellos nos mete rápidamente a mundos estelares bien construidos. Pero además, las historias no son sólo emocionantes por su ficción, sino que también se manejan el planos emotivos. Así habla del amor, pero bajo concepciones metafísicas y explicadas bajo criterios que dentro de la historia, el humano no lo
Carol Medina
Es lo primero que leo de George R.R. Martin, Juego de Tronos, está en mi lista, pero aún no he podido empezar…
Una canción para Lya es un libro de diez historias... hasta el momento solo he leído:
La segunda clase de soledad, es una historia muy simple, el desarrollo de la misma un poco monótono por así decirse, pero debo aceptar que me cautivo, no tanto por el desarrollo, pero por el argumento que maneja, te hace reflexionar sobre la soledad y lo que puede llegar a provocar en nosotros cuando se
Edith Sánchez
Tomé este libro sin saber muy bien que era. Probablemente fue un error. Para empezar esta compuesto por cuentos cortos. Y parecieran ser más como historias que el autor simplemente quería sacar de su mente para moverse hacia algo más. El tono obscuro, de pesimismo y realidad sin filtrar puede resultar bastante pesado si no se tiene algo más que leer. El que más me gustó, y recuerdo mejor, es el primer cuento que da el nombre al libro. En muchos aspectos es el más redondo y define el humor de tod ...more
Evan Leach
A Song for Lya and Other Stories, first published in 1976, was George R.R. Martin’s literary debut. The book collects nine short stories and one novella, all in the science fiction genre. While some stories are stronger than others, overall I thought this was a very polished collection for a first-time writer. The stories were inventive and well-told, and GRRM’s voice can already be detected decades before the Song of Ice and Fire novels that made him famous. The breakdown:

With Morning Comes Mis
Apr 11, 2016 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le pongo 3 estrellas porque es una recopilación de varios relatos de ciencia ficción sin ninguna relación entre ellos, son buenas historias, ideas interesantes que Martin desarrolla de esa manera que el sabe, grandes descripciones de paisajes, personajes profundos y mucha espiritualidad, pero para mi gusto se quedan a medias. Una cancion para Lya, que es la primera y ademas la más larga, es también la más completa, aún así cuando acaba te quedas con ganas de que se hubieran contado mas cosas ace ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this story - I want to see a film adaptation but I don't know how easy it would be to sell a philosophical scifi story about love, longing and death. Compared to his other more pulpy early scifi works, this 1974 story is a surprisingly thoughtful and well characterised. Apparently it was inspired by his early experience of love and loss, something he thrashes out again and again in his writing. I recommend Game of Thrones/ASOIAF fans read this and all of GRRM's Thousand Worlds s ...more
May 01, 2016 Vderevlean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: proză-scurtă, sf
Îi dau 4 pentru toate povestirile, deși 2 dintre cele mai bune din volum - cântec pentru lya și comandă prioritară le-am citit deja în Zburătorii nopții. Însă, în original, în acest prim volum au apărut și aici ar trebui notate.

Mai merită menționate Negre, negre erau tunelurile - povestire bine dozată și cu un final superb despre întâlnirea dintre 2 specii de oameni pe care îi desparte distanță și adaptarea evolutivă la mediu, o întâlnire nefericită, însă bine descrisă și Ieșirea spre San Breta,
Jun 04, 2016 Julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Magdalena Revlis
Oct 23, 2016 Magdalena Revlis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un volum de povestiri SF tulburător care te lasă cu un milion de întrebări. Fără a declara ca sunt o împătimită a cărților din sfera SF, volumul de față mi-a lăsat un sentiment dezolant, am trăit mereu impresia singurătății si a izolării.
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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