The Planet Called Treason Author:Orson Scott Card From the flaps : — Time, the elements, and the human mind are Orson Scott Card's playing cards in this daringly imaginative story of uprising on a planet of exile. — Lanik Mueller, heir of one of the richest Families on the planet of Treason, is used to the occasional growth of an extra limb or organ; it is just surgically removed and his body hea... more »ls within the hour. But when transsexual growth occurs--in his case a rather voluptuous set of breasts--he faces the fact that he has become a radical regenerative, and a humiliated outcast in a nation where military exploits are of the first importance.
Three thousand years after the crime their forefathers committed against the Republic, the Families are subservient to a race of prisonkeepers with which each barters. The commodity: iron, with which an escape craft may be built, for Treason is a planet without hard metal resources. The currency: a refinement of the skill each original ancestor possessed. The first Mueller had been a geneticist specializing in regenerative research, and Lanik's Family barters with surplus body parts.
Lanik's personal disaster sends him on a journey across Treason, and as he travels he assimilates some of the special gifts of each Family. And they are various indeed: the
original Nkumai had been a physicist, the first Schwartz a geologist, Allison a theologian, Drew an interpreter of dreams, and others. And as he learns he conceives of a plan for unity among the Families, long separated into warring clans, and an end to their subservience.
Its extraordinary blend of wild adventure and metaphysical inquiry sets A PLANET CALLED TREASON apart. It is guaranteed to attract science fiction's new audience and to delight seasoned readers with its evidence of a major new talent.« less