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Novice   By: (1911-1981)

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Novice by James H. Schmitz is an enthralling science fiction novel that combines adventure, suspense, and a touch of mystery. Set in a distant future where humanity has colonized multiple planets across the galaxy, this book invites readers into a compelling world filled with remarkable characters and ingenious technological innovations.

The story primarily focuses on our young protagonist, Telzey Amberdon, a gifted young woman with extraordinary telepathic abilities. Despite her supernatural talents, Telzey is just like any other teenager trying to navigate the complexities of adolescence. When she stumbles upon a dangerous secret concerning a powerful mind-controlling weapon, Telzey finds herself thrust into an unexpected and perilous adventure that will test her abilities and resilience.

What sets Novice apart from other science fiction novels is Schmitz's ability to create realistic and relatable characters. Telzey is a multidimensional and likable protagonist, displaying both vulnerability and strength throughout the story. The author masterfully explores her growth and development as she tackles challenges, confronts her fears, and uncovers her own hidden potential.

Schmitz's world-building is equally impressive, providing readers with a vivid and imaginative universe. The different planets, each with its own distinct characteristics and societal dynamics, are beautifully constructed. The author's attention to detail transports readers seamlessly between these diverse settings, making them feel truly immersed in the story's universe.

The plot of Novice is fast-paced and engaging, offering a perfect balance of action and suspense. The author sprinkles unexpected twists and turns throughout, keeping readers on the edge of their seats and eagerly turning the pages. Moreover, the inclusion of telepathic abilities and mind control adds a layer of intrigue to the narrative, further enhancing the overall reading experience.

One aspect that could potentially be improved upon is the development of secondary characters. While Telzey is undoubtedly the highlight of the story, some of the supporting cast could have been fleshed out more to provide a richer and more immersive reading experience.

In conclusion, Novice by James H. Schmitz is a captivating science fiction novel that will appeal to fans of the genre and beyond. With a compelling protagonist, intricate world-building, and an engaging plot, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking an exciting and thought-provoking adventure. Schmitz's ability to seamlessly blend science fiction and mystery creates a unique reading experience that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction June 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


by James H. Schmitz

A novice is one who is inexperienced but that doesn't mean incompetent. Nor does it mean stupid!


There was, Telzey Amberdon thought, someone besides TT and herself in the garden. Not, of course, Aunt Halet, who was in the house waiting for an early visitor to arrive, and not one of the servants. Someone or something else must be concealed among the thickets of magnificently flowering native Jontarou shrubs about Telzey.

She could think of no other way to account for Tick Tock's spooked behavior nor, to be honest about it, for the manner her own nerves were acting up without visible cause this morning.

Telzey plucked a blade of grass, slipped the end between her lips and chewed it gently, her face puzzled and concerned. She wasn't ordinarily afflicted with nervousness. Fifteen years old, genius level, brown as a berry and not at all bad looking in her sunbriefs, she was the youngest member of one of Orado's most prominent families and a second year law student at one of the most exclusive schools in the Federation of the Hub... Continue reading book >>

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