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A Miracle of Rare Design (Birthright #21)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  173 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The 12,000-world Republic of Man sends successful author and notorious thrillseeker Xavier William Lennox to an alien planet on an undercover mission. Disguised as one of the xenophobic natives, Lennox attempts to persuade their leader to grant mining rights to the valuable minerals that lay buried in their vast deserts. When Lennox is rescued ... tortured and barely alive ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by Dog Star Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Donald Armfield
Reprint coming soon from Dog Star Books, in affiliation with Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Big fan of Mike Resnick, he always comes out with a character of awesome likeness. A man of many awards, for his sci-fi work. I recommend his Stalking The Vampire and his other "Stalking Titles"

In "Miracle of Rare Design" he brings his character Lennox. A thrill seeking, with a self-centered ego.After being brutally assaulted by a Firefly alien race, left for dead. Lennox gets the opportunity to return as a Fire
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Heidi Miller
Sep 22, 2013 Heidi Miller rated it it was amazing
From the foreword I wrote for the new trade paperback edition of A Miracle of Rare Design:

Mike Resnick has been entertaining me with his stories for two decades. And entertaining the world for much longer than that.

I am especially enamored of Mike's Social and Anthropological Science Fiction, so I was more than a little excited when I found out Dog Star would be bringing A Miracle of Rare Design back into print. Miracle is a journey, not just an extra-terrestrial travel narrative, but a journey
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Craig
Mar 01, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resnick has written in such a wide range of niches within the sf field that some of his better books, such as this one, get overshadowed by his more popular themes. A Miracle of Rare Design is a grand old sf adventure on one level, but offers some fascinating insight into the search for knowledge and the drive to understand and communicate. It's well worth checking out.
Joanna Maciejewska
First time I've read this book 15 years ago and it became one of my favourite at that time. I was anxious to read it again, as an adult, and maybe it's my but "A Miracle of Rare Design" is every bit the book I remember it to be: well-written, engaging and asking important questions about being a human and finding one's place in the world.
Jeff Yoak
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Иван Величков
Много любима книга. Когато я прочетох за първи път останах като гръмнат, но това важи за повечето книги от цикъла Birthright.
Завиър Уилям Ленъкс в пътешественик и писател, запленен от чуждопланетните култури, когато Републиката му предлага да проникне на планетата на Светулките, преобразен на генно ниво като един от тях, веднага е навит. Изпълнява успешно задачата си(икономически интереси в полза на човечеството) и следва друго назначение и друго преобразяване. В колкото повече форми на живот се
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Jonathan
Nov 13, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My very favorite of Mike Resnick's books. A fascinating exploration of immersion in alien cultures, but first and foremost a fun, exciting story as Resnick always tells.
Jenny
Sep 09, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fiction, 2013
A Miracle of Rare Design:
A Tragedy of Transcendence by Mike Resnick
Publisher: Dog Star Books
ISBN: 978-1-935738-41-1
Reviewer: Jenny Mounfield

‘Xavier William Lennox shuffled down the narrow street, trying to mimic the awkward walk of the Fireflies. He breathed in the pungent odors of decaying food, felt a slight burning sensation in his nostrils, and tried to ignore it.’

The time is two-thousand years from now and mankind has spread like a virus throughout the galaxy. The story opens with intrepid
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Nicolas
Dans ce livre, on suit un homme qui va avoir la possibilité, grâce à la république humaine, de devenir un être d’une autre espèce afin d’essayer d’éviter un génocide. Comme je l’ai déja dit, Resnick a fait du bon, du moyen, et du mauvais. Ce livre est à la limite entre le bon et le moyen. Le héros qu’on découvre ici est comme la plupart des personnages de Resnick très contrasté. C’est un auteur de livres de voyages à succès, franchement égocentrique et un peu frappé sur les bords. Mais ce n’est ...more
Ана Хелс
Nov 30, 2013 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Наистина завладяваща книжка, ако и да не в огромния обем на не-знам-си-колко-томна космическа сага. Има от всичко, което ми харесва в истинския сай – фай – изключително ярък образ за главен герой – малко откачен, по-скоро затворен, търсещ промяна и приключение на всяка цена; странни и напълно различни планети, населени с почти неразбираеми от човешка гледна точка същества, които имат доста повече причини от нас да живеят; привидно непредвидим, но напълно интровертно логичен финал, носещ задоволс ...more
meme boy
Dec 01, 2014 meme boy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Man. I remember this being really good.
James Ashman
Lennox discovers worlds and cultures far different than those of humankind. This was a fun read, somewhat short, and probably should have been shorter. I found the beginning half the most enjoyable, and the rest a different work, best put as interesting. It felt a lot like pulp sci-fi, and so it was a good read to kill a bit of time. It was fun; I can understand why it stopped in each section and why, though leaves a bit to be desired.
Joel A.
Some gestures at interesting aliens but an unlikeable and patriarchal main character and world view that's pretty unbelievable. I think that Lennox's shenanigans would have gotten him killed on the first planet and his actions on the last would (I'd imagine) doom the entire species.
Em
Nov 28, 2007 Em rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
the first half of the book really captured my attention (interesting premise, involving if somewhat self-absorbed protagonist) and then the tone changed dramatically. the ending made sense, but i was left feeling vaguely unsatisfied. might have preferred it as a short story.
Larry Head
Dec 07, 2010 Larry Head rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was, conceptually, an fantastic read. It really makes one think, what are the limits of medical technology and if posible, what would be the outcome of doing this type of thing, psychologically. An altogether great read.
Jane
Mar 06, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I confess I found this one a bit annoying, but like most of Resnick's work, I had to keep reading to find out what happened.
Tasula
Dec 24, 2010 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange and excellent book about a writer trying to satisfy his curiosity about aliens.
Sarah Sammis
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Shelves: read-in-1998
I remember liking it but most of the details are fuzzy.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more
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