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The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future
The Dark Lady A Romance of the Far Future Author:Mike Resnick In the 7th millennium, humans have spread throughout the galaxy and govern most of the inhabited planets. Leonardo, Our Humble Hero and purple-blooded Bjornn of the planet Benitarus II, is sent as an expert appraiser to the Claiborne Art Gallery on the mostly-human planet of Far London. Leonardo's enhanced ultraviolet and infrared vision are ide... more »al traits for assessment and authentication of artwork, and he immediately catches the attention of an aging Far London collector who, in spite of his contempt for non-humans, is intent on retaining Leonardo's services. His instructions: Search the galaxy for any piece of art bearing the image of his obsession: the mysterious Dark Lady, a beautiful and somber human female whose exact likeness, he has secretly discovered, appears in paintings and sculptures throughout history--dating all the way back to Earth's ancient Rome. Leonardo's research reveals the link between the artists of the Dark Lady: human men who voluntarily risk their lives. If she appears to men who court death, she may be their Angel of Death ... or, as Leonardo hopes, the female of an ancient Bjornn legend--The Mother of All Things. To find her and learn the truth, he must first chase down the craziest human daredevil in the galaxy. Prix Tour Eiffel Winner (100,000 franc prize, Best SF Novel)« less
Love and Death in Space, March 26, 2000
Reviewer: Daniel A. Krantz "dan_krantz" (New Jersey, USA)
Another excellent work by Mike Resnick. Told from the viewpoint of an alien (something most authors have trouble doing), this book spans the galaxy in the quest for the Dark Lady. Is she Death? Is she a Goddess? The Bjornn art dealer Leonardo is driven to learn all he can about her, and what she means for his future, the future of his race, and the future of Mankind.