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Eclipses

(1986)
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This is a big, broad-canvas novel of romance and conflict on a far from Earth, water-starved planet.
When a young anthropologist leaves a dying Earth for Serensunar, she finds more than she bargained for. There are the eclipses that come frequently because Serensunar is one of a double planet system. And there is the volatility of the crust of the planet, which heaves and tosses every few years, knocking down dams and aqueducts the colonists erect.
Yet Serensunar is lush and fertile, mainly because the vision of one man, old Calib the Water Baron. He built a personal Empire by controlling the continent's main watershed, which insured the continued balance of man and nature on this planet. It is Calib and his heir, Aram, who enable Beth to continue her search for the Lost Expedition despite limited funding. Aram is smitten early on by this young woman who is working alone in the wilderness and feeling lucky to have gotten the chance. And while she is more wary of their budding relationship, it is finally her commitment to Aram in which Beth finds the beginnings of personal peace.
But it's a peace that is shattered. Both are strong individuals, and peace in their life together begins to seem like an unsustainable dream. Aram has come into his inheritance, the Earth's social system collapses and more and more colonists arrive, disturbing the delicate ecological balance. Then even more ships arrive from Earth with tales of increasing disasters - and hordes of immigrants. Aram is forced to make the hard decisions about whether to wake the cryogenically sleeping passengers, which would strain the already limited water supply on the planet. Beth, herself a fortunate refugee, wishes to accommodate them all. And Aram's own children side with their mother. Soon, Beth and their children are battling Aram the Water Baron for control of their planet's destiny.
Felice's novel combines political, economic, and ecological speculations to explore the nature of power and love.
98,000 words
298 print pages
Praise for ECLIPSES:
Publishers Weekly - (Beth and Aram) are complex personalities, and though the contract between them is simple, their emotions and interactions in the 32 years the story spans are not. Felice does a beautiful job in making these characters real... it makes for a warm and rewarding novel.
Joan Gordon, Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review - ... Its strong characterization and intriguing speculations make it a worthwhile addition...

 
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Eclipses
Author(s): Cynthia Felice
ISBN: 1-4516-6661-6 / 978-1-4516-6661-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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June 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Eclipses
Author(s): To Be Announced
ISBN: 0-671-83224-7 / 978-0-671-83224-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: ECLIPSES
Author(s): Cynthia Felice
Publisher: Cynthia Felice
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