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A Miracle of Rare Design (Birthright #21)

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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...more
Heidi Miller
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Strange and excellent book about a writer trying to satisfy his curiosity about aliens.
Sarah Sammis
I remember liking it but most of the details are fuzzy.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), 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 Pola...more
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