By Robert Silverberg
In the some distance destiny, Earth is a tired backwater and humanity is unfold around the galaxy on worlds that begun as colonies, yet now believe like domestic, each one with its personal lengthy background of 1000 years or extra, and every with its personal distinct tradition. one of many strangest is on Borthan, the place the founding settlers verified the Covenant, which teaches that the self is to be despised, and forbids somebody to bare his innermost techniques or emotions to a different. On Borthan, the filthiest obscenities that you can imagine are the phrases “I” and “me.” For the heinous crime of “self-baring,” apostates have continually paid with exile or demise, yet after his eyes are opened via a customer from Earth, Kinnall Darival, prince of Salla, hazards every thing to educate his humans the genuine that means of being human.
With a brand new advent through the writer, and the first-ever map of Borthan, this vintage, out of print due to the fact 1992, is a beautiful new addition to the Orb imprint.
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