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Off Armageddon Reef

(2007)
(The first book in the Safehold series)
A novel by

 
 
Humanity pushed its way to the stars - and encountered the Gbaba, a ruthless alien race that nearly wiped us out.

Earth and her colonies are now smoldering ruins, and the few survivors have fled to distant, Earth-like Safehold, to try to rebuild. But the Gbaba can detect the emissions of an industrial civilization, so the human rulers of Safehold have taken extraordinary measures: with mind control and hidden high technology, they've built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever.
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800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This “rebirth” was set in motion centuries before, by a faction that opposed shackling humanity with a concocted religion. Via automated recordings, “Nimue” - or, rather, the android with the memories of Lieutenant Commander Nimue Alban - is told her fate: she will emerge into Safeholdian society, suitably disguised, and begin the process of provoking the technological progress which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent.

Nothing about this will be easy. To better deal with a medieval society, “Nimue” takes a new gender and a new name, “Merlin.” His formidable powers and access to caches of hidden high technology will need to be carefully concealed. And he'll need to find a base of operations, a Safeholdian country that's just a little more freewheeling, a little less orthodox, a little more open to the new.

And thus Merlin comes to Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare. He plans to make the acquaintance of King Haarahld and Crown Prince Cayleb, and maybe, just maybe, kick off a new era of invention. Which is bound to draw the attention of the Church…and, inevitably, lead to war.

It's going to be a long, long process. And it's going to be the can't-miss SF epic of the decade.

Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Off Armageddon Reef
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 1-4395-6082-X / 978-1-4395-6082-2 (USA edition)
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January 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 0-7653-1500-9 / 978-0-7653-1500-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef (The Safehold series)
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 0-330-53494-7 / 978-0-330-53494-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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January 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef: A Novel in the Safehold Series (#1)
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 0-7653-5397-0 / 978-0-7653-5397-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef (The Safehold series)
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 0-330-45218-5 / 978-0-330-45218-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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Audio Editions

May 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 0-7927-4719-4 / 978-0-7927-4719-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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January 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef
Author(s): David Weber
ISBN: 1-4272-0065-3 / 978-1-4272-0065-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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December 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1
Author(s): David Weber
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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December 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1
Author(s): David Weber
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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December 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1
Author(s): David Weber
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef (safehold Book 1)
Author(s): David Weber
Publisher: Tor
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January 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Off Armageddon Reef: A Novel in the Safehold Series (#1)
Author(s): David Weber
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA