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Summertide

(1990)
(The first book in the Heritage series)
A novel by

 
 
It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - but Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. And it was to be the most violent Summertide ever, due to the Grand Conjunction of the system's stars and planets, something that happened only every 350,000 years.
Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who had made a career studying artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that during this unusal Summertide she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers - if they were hiding on Quake, he needed no one's permission to search for them.
Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake themselves - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders . . .
"A well-made puzzle story in the manner of Arthur C. Clarke's Rama books." - The New York Times


Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for Charles Sheffield's Summertide

Hardback Editions

April 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Summertide
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-575-04761-5 / 978-0-575-04761-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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January 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: SUMMERTIDE I (The Heritage Universe, Book 1)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-345-36038-9 / 978-0-345-36038-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

April 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Summertide
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-345-90009-X / 978-0-345-90009-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
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May 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Summertide
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-575-05021-7 / 978-0-575-05021-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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December 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Summertide (The Heritage Universe)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-345-36937-8 / 978-0-345-36937-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Audio Editions

August 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Summertide (Heritage Universe)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 1-4708-9094-1 / 978-1-4708-9094-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Summertide: Library Edition (Heritage Universe)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-7861-2287-0 / 978-0-7861-2287-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2000 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Summertide Lib/E (Heritage Universe)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-7861-7791-8 / 978-0-7861-7791-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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January 2000 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Summertide
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
ISBN: 0-7861-9173-2 / 978-0-7861-9173-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2003 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2003 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2003 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2003 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Summertide (Gateway Essentials)
Author(s): Charles Sheffield
Publisher: Gateway
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