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Agent of Vega & Other Stories (edição 2001)

por James Schmitz (Autor)

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Espionage and Intrigue in the Far Reaches of the Galaxy from the Creator of Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee The Galaxy was not a nice neighborhood, and most would have laid bets that the Vegan Confederacy was too small and weak to survive, let along prosper. But prosper it did, to the bewilderment of observers, who didn't know about the Vegans' secret weapon. Once, the Galactic Empire had spanned the stars and when it crumbled and fell, star systems were isolated, some barely surviving, many becoming tyrannical feifdoms, others turning to piracy, and all of them often at war with each other. The Confederacy didn't have huge space armadas, and millions of troops to protect itself and re-civilize its neighbors, but it did have the Zone agents. Few outside the top echelons of the Confederacy even knew that they existed, and even fewer had an inkling of how the agents time and again could appear on the spot just when a push in the right place could stop a war, topple a despot, or thwart an invasion of unfriendly aliens. Their numbers were pitifully few, and they had to patrol vast stretches of space. They were helped by their ships, bristling with hidden armament and piloted by robot brains of high intelligence. But their main weapon was that the minds of their opponents were open books to them. Not all of the Agents of Vega were human, but they were the most powerful telepaths the Galaxy had ever known . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).… (mais)
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Título:Agent of Vega & Other Stories
Autores:James Schmitz (Autor)
Informação:Baen Books (2001), Edition: Standard Edition, 576 pages
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Agent of Vega & Other Stories [11-story collection] por James H. Schmitz (Author)

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Classic science fiction tales from the golden age. Schmitz's protagonist in several of them is unusual in being both non-human and female.
  Fledgist | Feb 22, 2011 |
I used to own a paperback edition of the Gnome Press book with this name. The Baen version is much longer, as the original version had only the first four stories.

Most of the stories in this book involve law enforcement/secret agent types working for the Overgovernment (the government's name actually varies from story to story, but OG is one of those names and seems like a good description). The main characters are ends-justify-the-means sorts, often with superpowers (telepathy, usually, and sometimes other advantages). On the whole, the stories read like mysteries, but rather exotic mysteries. One story's an unabashed traditional horror story, which seems a bit odd in this context.

On the whole, the book is mostly fluff; all are the sorts of tales John Campbell liked to use to fill the gaps in Astounding and Analog. A couple, though, deserve mention:

End of the Line watches some custom-bred superhumans break away from their overseers; it's rather nicely turned. And The Second Night of Summer is a delightful little encounter between a secret agent, her very young friend, and an alien race that's pretty dangerous.

Fluff, I called these. But interesting fluff. This book provides an opportunity to watch Schmitz develop his strengths, as the book spans a couple decades. (Note: Some of the copyright attributions are clearly wrong; Astounding evolved into Analog in 1960, which isn't what the page shows.)

Well-written, and fun to read.

This review has also been published on a dabbler's journal. ( )
  joeldinda | Dec 27, 2009 |
Classic Schmitz. Too bad no one has returned to this universe. Maybe Baen will someday.
  wfzimmerman | May 25, 2009 |
Stories of the future in the Vegan Confederacy, where thinly spread telepathic agents try to restrain criminals and nudge civilizations to just behaviour.

The notable fact about Schmitz's writing is the complete assumption of female competence and equality, made in the 1950s.

This book contains one of my favourite stories, "The Truth About Cushgar"--and "The Second Night of Summer" is excellent, too. ( )
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Espionage and Intrigue in the Far Reaches of the Galaxy from the Creator of Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee The Galaxy was not a nice neighborhood, and most would have laid bets that the Vegan Confederacy was too small and weak to survive, let along prosper. But prosper it did, to the bewilderment of observers, who didn't know about the Vegans' secret weapon. Once, the Galactic Empire had spanned the stars and when it crumbled and fell, star systems were isolated, some barely surviving, many becoming tyrannical feifdoms, others turning to piracy, and all of them often at war with each other. The Confederacy didn't have huge space armadas, and millions of troops to protect itself and re-civilize its neighbors, but it did have the Zone agents. Few outside the top echelons of the Confederacy even knew that they existed, and even fewer had an inkling of how the agents time and again could appear on the spot just when a push in the right place could stop a war, topple a despot, or thwart an invasion of unfriendly aliens. Their numbers were pitifully few, and they had to patrol vast stretches of space. They were helped by their ships, bristling with hidden armament and piloted by robot brains of high intelligence. But their main weapon was that the minds of their opponents were open books to them. Not all of the Agents of Vega were human, but they were the most powerful telepaths the Galaxy had ever known . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

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