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Oneness   By: (1911-1981)

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Oneness by James H. Schmitz is a beautifully written and thought-provoking science fiction novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the vast expanse of the universe. Set in a future where humanity has colonized various star systems, the story follows the compelling character of Nile Etland, a talented telepathic detective who finds herself caught in a complex web of political intrigue.

Schmitz's writing style is rich and immersive, inviting readers into a world where advanced technology and extraordinary abilities coexist. The author skillfully crafts a believable and intricate universe, complete with diverse alien races, interstellar travel, and a well-developed society. One of the highlights of the book is the vivid and imaginative descriptions of different alien species, each with its own unique characteristics, cultures, and social structures.

At the heart of Oneness lies an exploration of telepathy and its implications for both individuals and society as a whole. Nile's telepathic abilities not only make her a fascinating protagonist but also serve as a catalyst for compelling ethical dilemmas. Schmitz delves into the potential consequences of such powers, addressing the ethical questions surrounding privacy, control, and the ethical responsibilities that come with extraordinary gifts.

The plot is engaging and moves at a steady pace, skillfully blending elements of mystery, political intrigue, and action. As Nile digs deeper into the mystery surrounding a populous alien planet, she uncovers a nefarious plot that threatens not only her own life but also the delicate balance of power in the galaxy.

The character development is another strength of the novel. Nile is a complex and well-rounded protagonist, displaying a strong sense of justice, resourcefulness, and determination. Supporting characters, such as her loyal partner and a mysterious mentor, add depth and further enhance the narrative.

Although the story occasionally delves into complex scientific concepts, Schmitz strikes a balance between scientific accuracy and keeping readers engaged. The author's ability to create a believable technological world, complete with a plausible explanation for telepathy, adds a layer of authenticity to the story.

However, one minor drawback of the book is the occasional pacing issues in certain sections. Some parts of the novel feel slightly slower, but the overall strength of the narrative ensures that readers remain invested in the outcome.

Oneness ultimately explores universal themes such as identity, belonging, and the power of human connection. It reminds readers that despite our differences, what truly matters is our ability to understand and empathize with one another. Schmitz's thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of these themes sets Oneness apart, making it a standout in the science fiction genre.

In conclusion, Oneness by James H. Schmitz is a captivating and intellectually stimulating novel that will appeal to both fans of science fiction and those seeking a profound and engaging story. With its imaginative world-building, well-rounded characters, and exploration of ethical dilemmas, this book leaves a lasting impression and serves as a testament to the power of interconnectedness in a vast and ever-expanding universe.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction May 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


At that, you know the power to enforce the Golden Rule would make a terrible weapon!



Menesee felt excitement surge like a living tide about him as he came with the other directors into the vast Tribunal Hall. Sixty years ago, inexcusable carelessness had deprived Earth of its first chance to obtain a true interstellar drive. Now, within a few hours, Earth, or more specifically, the upper echelons of that great political organization called the Machine which had controlled the affairs of Earth for the past century and a half, should learn enough of the secrets of the drive to insure that it would soon be in their possession.

Menesee entered his box between those of Directors Cornelius and Ojeda, immediately to the right of the Spokesman's Platform and with an excellent view of the prisoner. When Administrator Bradshaw and Spokesman Dorn had taken their places on the platform, Menesee seated himself, drawing the transcript of the day's proceedings towards him... Continue reading book >>

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