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Distant Friends and Others

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In love with fellow telepath Colleen Isaac, Dale Ravenhall realizes that the very thing that enables him and Colleen to read each other's minds would kill them both if they came within twenty miles of each other.

Red Thoughts at Morning (1981)
Dark Thoughts at Noon (1982)
Black Thoughts at Midnight (1992)
The Peaceful Man (1982)
The Evidence of Things Not Seen (1986)
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Baen
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John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
Distant Friends and others (1992) 314 pages by Timothy Zahn

I read most of these stories 30 years ago when they first appeared in Analog, but they were all worth a re-read. Telepaths in the first three stories have the ability to read ordinary minds up to about 20 feet except for the other telepaths. There they can communicate two-way for hundreds of miles, the trouble is if they are closer than 20 miles it will kill them. The stories revolve around technological innovations pertaining to their a
Sep 06, 2011 August rated it really liked it
I've come to enjoy short story collections much more than I used to, and "Distant Friends and Others" is a good example of why: I like to become quickly engaged with a set of characters and circumstances, and Zahn is the master of engaging me. I did pick this book up years ago and try to read it, and sure enough, on second reading, the first story is as dull as I remember. But there was a spark of something interesting, so I kept reading, and after the initial three title stories, I really loved ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Mostly average collection of shorter Zahn works. The centerpiece of the book are three short stories about telepaths who cannot get too close too each other because of death by personality assimilation. There's another story set in the "Cascade Point" universe, but most of the stories don't have much in the way of any spark to them. For Zahn completionists only.
Aug 01, 2012 Todd rated it it was ok
Pretty standard science fiction short stories. The typical insights into human nature and wild imagination about the future and the universe around us. Ok, I guess I don't know enough sci-fi to say typical, but it was entertaining. Zahn wrote some Star Wars books back in the day, so that is how I know of him.
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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