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Telzey Amberdon

(Telzey and Trigger #1-3)

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Telzey Amberdon was only in her teens when she discovered that she was a telepath. Not only a telepath, but a xenotelepath, able to communicate mentally not just with humans, but with alien intelligences. And she turned out to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the history of the galactic civilization called the Hub.
First she had to deal with an alien race that hum
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Mass Market Paperback, 436 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Baen
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Manuel Antão
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Good Back-in-the-Day-SF: "Telzey Amberdon" by James H. Schmitz




A lot of very readable and entertaining SF is grounded in Clarke's observation that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." A character who pops what looks like an aspirin tablet into what looks like a microwave and then retrieves and eats a vindaloo is behaving as realistically as I am when I order a pizza. If the character then steps into a
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Manuel Alfonseca
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
James H. Schmitz was one of the classics of SF during the sixties. Later he was almost forgotten. Fortunately Baen Books decided to republish in four volumes all his short stories, novellas and one full novel (Legacy) related to the Hub, an interstellar federation dominated by humans, but enclosing also many extremely imaginative aliens. In addition to this, during some time Baen Books made several of the volumes available for free download from their web, a very interesting move in the publishi ...more
Nicole
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this when it was published and fell for the story since there were never enough strong leading women in SF.
Telzey stands out from most other humans because she is a telepath, but she secretly stands out from her fellow Psi because she is a xenotelepath able to contact aliens. But what she really stands out from is the society the author had when he wrote this book. Today we have lots of female fighters portrayed in film, we even have real women in the military that are not just in an offi
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Tifany
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had had this on my shelf, unread, for years, despite reliable recommendations, and finally sat down to read it. I found it surprisingly and quietly compulsive--the stories aren't overwhelmingly suspenseful, yet it's hard to put them down; I just kept going and going. I also appreciated the fact, covered by other reviewers, that Schmitz put a teenage girl into a part that would, at that time, normally have been given to a man. She's an intellectual heroine, somewhat cold emotionally--or rather, ...more
Jeff Crosby
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Telzey has taken time to grow on me, but this is a strong collection of stories dating from the 1960s and 1970s. The heart of the book are the three connected stories that became the novel, Lion's Game. The last two stories in the collection do not feature Tezey, but are related to the Hub universe. I liked this collection very much.
Christine
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
First published as separate volumes ("The Universe Against Her" and "Telzey Toy"), a well crafted and entertaining sci-fi/fantasy tale. So glad it's back in publication!
Elly
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-favorites
"Telzey Amberdon, teenage heroine in a sf story, and that in the early 1960s. James H Schmitz is truly a timeless writer, even after 50 years these stories still are very good."
Jim
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Telzey Amberdon was only in her teens when she discovered that she was a telepath. Not only a telepath, but a xenotelepath, able to communicate mentally not just with humans, but with alien intelligences. And she turned out to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the history of the galactic civilization called the Hub.

First she had to deal with an alien race that humans hadn't realized were intelligent, and who were about to eliminate those troublesome humans who thought they were colonizi

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Peter Tillman
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Telzey Amberdon, age 15, is a genius, a law student, and a psi supergirl who can save the Federation in a fortnight, and still make it home in time for her 16th birthday party. This is silly but engaging fluff, sort of a Nancy Drew in space -- but much better-written. It's a pleasure to see the Telzey stories back in print -- I'd forgotten the breezy assurance of Schmitz's voice. Besides six Telzey 'chapters', first published as short stories 1962-71, there are two related stories: the nasty, pu ...more
Patrick Harris-fool
Love this series.

I first read these books individually as a teenager. I loved them back them for their smooth read. Over the years I've read them a few times. Each time noticing things that I never saw before. These stories are timeless.
Pam
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction, ya, short-story
Apparently these stories were written in the 60s, but I never would have guessed that, they come off very modern. Telzey has a habit of breezing into a situation and setting up everything to suit her without much trouble, but the stories are fun and action-packed and nuance isn't really necessary.
Michael
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Available as a free download from http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-li... and worth every penny!

Science fiction from the golden age!

An absolute pleasure to read with heaps of fun to be had.
Teresa Carrigan
Suitable for YA. Science fiction. Main character is about 15yo, female, extremely bright and with psychic powers. I enjoyed most of it, but didn't care too much for the short stories at the end. Definitely worth reading, and FREE (Baen Free Library) to boot.
Janelle
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Schmitz' ability to write fun, strong heroines and Telzey is no exception. Smart, capable, and confident, she's a xenotelepath who will go toe to toe with anyone who attempts to cage her. A fun, enjoyable, and great read all around.
Nathanielk
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is just pure fun SF; no one does this kind of story better.
Matt Kelland
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Not as good as I remember from my teens, sadly.
Debra Meyer
don't care for short stories but it was ok def a teen book
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A jem of si-fi. Depicts Telzey, an irregular schoolgirl who turned out to be a xenotelepath. And that was just the start of the adventures.
Ken
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a enjoyable read. A quick read. Enjoyable character with good plots. Story more about characters then the science surronding the time / place. All aroung good read - I do recommend
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James Henry Schmitz (October 15, 1911–April 18, 1981) was an American writer born in Hamburg, Germany of American parents. Aside from two years at business school in Chicago, Schmitz lived in Germany until 1938, leaving before World War II broke out in Europe in 1939. During World War II, Schmitz served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific for the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, h ...more

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