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The Gameplayers of Zan (Ler #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  142 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 445 pages
Published April 19th 1977 by DAW (first published 1977)
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Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite sci fi books, and hasn't received nearly the acclaim that it should. The characters are well drawn, and the setting is amazing. The concept of "weapons that leave the hand" is something that has stayed with me for years. The premier example of how science fiction can illuminate real life, in my opinion.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than I remembered it being. The world/culture building is detailed and convincing, the characters compelling, and the shifting perspectives artfully advance the plot without giving too much away.

Jason Pryde
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I wonder if, like cars and rock & roll music, every generation produces a distinctive style in this genre. Perhaps the 70's, when this book was written, writers tended toward a careful balance or blending of humanity and fantasy. Unlike more recent books (such as 1Q84), the characters, even the whimsical Ler, are grounded in universal emotions and personality flaws. Their greatest strengths are in the same kind of willful determination that empower th ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This a significant work of science fiction. Like all important science fiction this book can involve and enmesh the reader. There is an alternate world on the earth of the future. Two races of human exist. There are forerunners, who are old humans like us. There are the ler, who are a new species of human. These ler are smaller than most humans and live longer, having delayed maturation.

Like all good books, the characters in this book face moral dilemmas and decisions. There is a major decision
Bruce E.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read it first years ago. I remembered liking it and I was not wrong. At times it feels very seventyish and it makes implicit wrong guesses about future technology--a problem for all near future books--, but it is excellent in its portrayal of human and Ler emotions. Read it.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well-written book with a unique theme.
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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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