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Published by Bundoran Press
Cover art by Dan O’Driscoll
Ten years after the arrival of the interstellar generation-ship, Mayflower II, nothing much seems to have changed on the long-forgotten planet of Peregrine. Then Lorn Kymbal, now a Corporal in the planetary security service, is summoned to the remote cabin by an old friend of his family – Javik, a man better known for his dangerous conspiracy theories than his hospitality. Javik alerts Lorn to a new threat to the planet’s safety, moments before he is murdered. By exploding mechanical spiders!
Lorn tracks the conspirators into the deepest and most dangerous reaches of the planet to discover that the plot threatens not only his home planet, but the entire galaxy. Kymbal, a veteran of the war of liberation that had almost cost his life, now must fight poisonous trees, killer robots and his own inner demons as he tries to win peace for himself and his people.
“In Falcon’s Egg Edward Willett takes on the notion of heroism itself, exploring the casualties of war and the results of battle on the psychology of the protagonist who has endured the traumas of war. Falcon’s Egg is a text of revolution, a war narrative with a bit of frontier ideologies since it is set on an alien world that is in conflict with the more technologically developed centrist planets. However, unlike most exploration, war, revolution, and adventure narratives who uncritically cast the hero as a figure who is above trauma, Willett’s narrative explores the toll that heroism takes on the mind of the hero as well as the toll that it takes on human lives and society.” – Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada
“Falcon’s Egg by Edward Willett is space opera/action-adventure novel in the grand tradition, full of interplanetary intrigue, chases through the abandoned bowels of giant spaceships, and shootouts with everything from shotgun shells to beam weapons. Oh, and there’s an army of evil robot spiders…” – Ty Black, Dark Futures Fiction
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