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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First Printing edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671578510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First released as "The Universe Against Her" This book tells the story of Telzey Amberdon, and her first encounter with telepathy. On holiday with her pet and her scheming aunt she discovers that her unusual pet is a juvenile of the planets intelligent psi race. Physically resembling large cats they have been hunted almost to extinction and now they want it stopped...or else! Making contact through Telzey, she must deal with her aunts machinations, her newly aquired psi gift and adult disbelief in order to prevent a war and save her pet. This is a great story which keeps you reading avidly right up to the last page. The story continued in The Telzey Toy and the Lion Game...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
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James H Schmitz is best known for "The Witches of Karres", but few have also read the numerous short stories which were published in sci-fi magazines of the time. This is a great shame, as Schmitz's treatment of Telepathy in the Telzey Amberdon stories helped to define the genre for later authors. Coupled with strong female protagonists, these stories are unusual for their time and very good reading. I'd recommend them to all readers with an interest in classic sci-fi.
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James H. Schmitz is one of the less well-known authors, who I managed to read as a teenager via novellas that could be obtained on import in an independent Sci-Fi Bookshop. Telzey Amberdon is a welcome collection of these old favourites, along with some new material. The character of Telzey was one of the first strong female characters I came across in science fiction and I can highly recommend this book.
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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Welcome reissue of a fine SF writer 8 Jun. 2000
By Richard R. Horton - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James H. Schmitz was one of SF's most popular writers of the 1960s and early 1970s. His stories were published between 1943 and 1974, but despite early successes such as "The Witches of Karres" (1949), the _Agent of Vega_ stories in the early 1950s, and "Grandpa" (1955), his most significant work dates to the last 15 years of his career. This period included his five novels, short stories like "Balanced Ecology" and "The Custodians", but most significantly, his closely linked stories about two young women: Telzey Amberdon and Trigger Argee. These stories, appearing for the most part in Analog, were very popular indeed at the time, particularly the Telzey stories. But Schmitz' popularity hasn't really proved enduring, except among a dedicated small group. He was just good enough to last in the minds of a certain cadre of readers, but even at his peak he never attained quite the notoriety or sales to ensure enduring print runs. And after all the latter distinction is rare indeed.
This new edition, however, begins to bring some of Schmitz' best work back into print. Inclued are six Telzey stories: "Novice," "Undercurrents," "Poltergeist," "Goblin Night," "Sleep No More," and "The Lion Game." The first two have been published together as the novel _The Universe Against Her_, but they are really independent stories. The last three have been published as the novel _The Lion Game_, and in this case I think they work together pretty well as a novel: a problem introduced in the first story is not resolved until the last. "Poltergeist" has not previously been reprinted, and serves as a bridge between the two novels, hinting at the reason for a noticeable change in Telzey's attitude between "Undercurrents" and "Goblin Night."
These stories are very fun reading (my favorite is "The Lion Game"), and they feature an engaging young heroine, and clever plots built around Telzey's psi powers. In addition to the Telzey stories, there are two fairly little known stories, both decent stuff, which have a tangential relation to the other stories in the book: "The Star Hyacinths" and "Blood of Nalakia".
Finally I should mention that these stories have been edited slightly from the original publications. Most of the editing is aimed at making the series of stories read more smoothly together. (More like a unified novel). I am familiar with the earlier printings, and in my opinion the editing has been done in a reasonable way, and the stories have not been harmed, and in some cases have been improved.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Schmitz Back in Print! 22 April 2000
By Harry Erwin - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
James H. Schmitz was a well-known science fiction author of the 1950s-1970s who remains popular with older fans and many authors. His style is quietly liberal (in the old sense) while avoiding the strong material seen in much of modern SF. When John Campbell (the editor of Astounding and Analog) died, he lost his primary publishing outlet and disappeared from the scene in a few years, dying about 1981. About three years ago, some older fans organized the "Schmitz List" as a meeting place on the internet for people interested in seeing him back in print. Jim Baen, the publisher of Baen Books, was an old fan of Schmitz's and was intrigued by the possibility of putting Schmitz back in print, using word-of-mouth advertising to overcome the resistance of the major book store chains to stocking mass market books by dead authors. The final catalyst for this process was Eric Flint, also a Schmitz fan, who proposed to organize a four volume series around Schmitz's Hub stories. "Telzey Amberdon" is the first volume of this set. If you like the older style of SF, or if you have children you would like to introduce to SF, this is an excellent choice.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Classic light space-opera, starring a teenage supergirl 4 Sept. 2000
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 sixteenth 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, pulpy "Blood of Nalakia" (1953), & a nice (if routine) space-piracy thriller, "The Star Hyacinths" (1961). Plus, there's a great polychrome and foil cover (Telzey with a pride of crest cats) by Bob Eggleton.

Editor Flint has done a nice job of assembling the Telzey stories into a coherent fixup [note 1], and publisher Baen is to be commended for introducing a new generation of readers to the pleasures of reading Schmitz -- until this, there was only one Schmitz book still in print.

James H. Schmitz (1911-1981) is best-remembered for his wonderful Witches of Karres (1966) and the Telzey stories, all set in a far-future Federation of the Hub. Co-editor Guy Gordon wrote a nice overview of the Hub in an afterword, also available online: < [...] >. Baen plans to publish three more volumes of Schmitz stories -- I'm looking forward to them.
Note 1) Flint has been criticized for editing Schmitz with too heavy a hand, but I found no evidence of this -- the true Schmitz flavor came through loud and clear, complete with mid-century anachronisms....

Happy reading--
Pete Tillman
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Old friends return, just a little dated 17 May 2000
By Tom Negrino - Published on
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I read the Telzey stories as they were published in the SF magazines in the 60's and 70's, and always enjoyed them. They're not by any means deep, but they are generally lots of fun. This is good material for when you want enjoyable SF that won't strain your brain cells much. Because these stories were written almost 30 years ago, you'll find a few cultural assumptions that no longer ring true. But they're easy to swallow, nonetheless. Another good thing about the age of these stories is that I'll have no qualms about passing this book on to my 12 year old son when I'm done with it; by today's standards, they're very tame. After so many years, It's nice to make the acquaintance of Miss (you won't see a Ms. in these books) Amberdon and her friends again.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
At Last! James Schmitz's classic tales are back in print! 28 Mar. 2000
By Sharon Custer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For years I have scavenged the used bookstores trying to collect all the tales of the Hub written by James H. Schmitz, and now I can finally have them all.
These wonderfully written tales of Telzey Amberdon, a young law student who discovers she has psychic powers, are an excellent introduction to James Schmitz and his Federation of the Hub. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the tales.
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