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The Book of the Ler (Ler #1-3)

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Out of print since 1985, these three classic novels form a trilogy that chronicles the history of an alternate human race, the Ler, from their origins as a bioengineered "superhuman" race on Earth to their complex civilizations in space. Together, the books form a challenging examination of what it means to be human.
Paperback, Omnibus, 928 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by DAW (first published 2006)
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Jun 04, 2012 A rated it really liked it
More a trio of short novels than a large book, this collection of stories takes you across the stars to often technologically backwards planets that have been out of civilization for so long that their true history has taken the form of myths. In book 1, the Ler are introduced. This species was created by mankind looking for a superhuman species. Instead, they just got a different cousin type species that had different values and ideas from their creators. They focus on a game, which leads them ...more
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Recommends it for: C.J. Cherryh's sociological sf or Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human
I would like to thank DAW books for enabling my nostalgia kick rereading of books I read in high school.

I got this for The Gameplayers of Zan, which I remember liking a whole lot. The other two books were written earlier and are trivial.

The Gameplayers of Zan takes place on Earth, where human overpopulation has resulted in an regimented, hierarchical, and homogenous society. The ler number in the thousands, I think, and live on a reservation, with a low population density and a deliberately prim
This compilation of three out of print books is worth buying just for the one story that falls chronologically first though published second: The Game Players of Zan.

The other two stories are only loosely related and are really not worth reading.

The writing can be a bit boring at times and the author is far too fond of huge info dumps for the modern audience, but it is still a classic with some amazingly original ideas. Brilliant world building.

The Game Players of Zan is sort of a mystery but t
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One of my favourite SF series is the Ler trilogy by M A Foster. Now combined into one volume, The Book of the Ler, it's the story of a race of humans created by mankind who become humanity's cousins in the journey to the stars. The first book, The Game Players of Zan, describes their life in a special preserve on earth. The second, The Warriors of Dawn, is about the a human and a Ler who team up to find a renegade tribe of Ler in a remote solar system. The series concludes with The Day of the Kl ...more
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Too sad - this book was spoiled to begin with by an unfortunate run in with an old lecher at Barnes & Noble. Sigh - I hope its so good that I forget all about him.
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Contains 'The Gameplayers of Zan' which is sublime, intelligent sci-fi and probably the best book I have ever read.
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US writer, former data-systems analyst and sequentially a Russian linguist and ICBM launch-crew commander to the US Air Force; he is also a semiprofessional photographer. After some poetry, released privately as Shards from Byzantium (coll 1969 chap) and The Vaseline Dreams of Hundifer Jones (coll 1970 chap), he began to publish sf with the ambitious Ler trilogy about a race of Supermen created by ...more
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Ler (3 books)
  • The Warriors of Dawn (Ler, #1)
  • The Gameplayers of Zan (Ler, #2)
  • The Day of the Klesh (Ler, #3)

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