TOWER AND THE HIVE

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The Tower and the Hive Series is related to the Talent Series
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Dedicated to
"Jay A. Katz because we enjoy a meeting of minds (well, most of the time)"

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The Rowan [1990]
The talents were the elite of the Nine Star League. Their gifts were many and varied, ranging from the gently telepathic, to the rare and extremely valued Primes. On the Primes rested the entire economic wealth and communications systems of the civilized worlds. But the Primes were scarce -- only very rarely was a new one born. And now, on the planet Altair, in a small mining colony on the western mountain range, a new Prime existed, a three year-old girl -- trapped in a giant mud slide that had wiped out the rest of the Rowan mining community. Every Altarian who was even mildly talented could "hear" the child crying for help, but no one knew exactly where she was buried. Every resource on the planet was centered into finding "The Rowan" -- the new Prime, the first ever to be born on Altair, an exceptionally unique Prime, more talented, more powerful, more agoraphobic, more lonely, than any other Prime yet known in the Nine Star League.
 

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"Sara Virginia 
Johnson Brooks
'The folding is extra'"

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Damia [1992]
Of all the Rowan's children, Damia was the most brilliant, the most difficult, the loneliest, and the one who had inherited the greatest Talent. It was obvious from childhood that she was going to be a Prime, with all the honors, burdens and strains of that elite class. Her one friend was Afra -- older, wiser, Talented in his own way, but "belonging" almost exclusively to the Rowan and the workings of Callisto Station. As Damia grew up, her Talent became almost too strong to control, and the solution was separation -- from her parents, from Callisto, from her beloved Afra. Sent to the distant planet of Deneb, to her strange and gifted grandmother, Damia began the training necessary to turn her into a Prime of extraordinary gifts -- a Prime who could contact the minds of approaching aliens through space, some of whom threatened to totally destroy the worlds of the Nine Star League.
 

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"Richard Woods, O.P (...) Harpmaker,Storyteller, GOOD friend"

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Damia's Children [1992]
Damia and Afra-Raven-Lyon had reared their children in a brilliant and unorthodox way. All their young had been "paired" when six monhs old with the furry, one-eyed Mrdinis, the only other sentient beings in the Alliance, who could communicate with humans by their "dream messages". Together, Man and Mrdini worked to create prosperous worlds and guard against the terrible threat of the annihilating Hivers.
And now, in the deeps op Space, Mrdini scouts had crossed the path of three Hive ships -- ships that were giant hulks of cell units, bearing the queens and workers out into space, to breed and multiply and destroy wherever they found a viable planet. It was the four elder children of Damia -- Laria, Thian, Rojer and Zara -- all uniquely talented in their various ways, who were to play their part, helped by their life-long Mrdini friends, in the conquering and investigation of the alien threat of the Hivers.
 

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"Matthew Hargreaves, for all the hard work, effort and time that he expended in nailing down in an excellent bibliography all the works by this grateful author (except this one which wasn't written yet!)"

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Lyon's Pride [1994]
The survival technique of the Hivers was terrifying -- and brilliant. Their huge Sphere ships, controlled by the Many Mind of ten to sixteen queens, surged out into space. When an appropriate planet was found, the Hivers destroyed any and every variety of indigenous life, the queens propagated, and when the new world was full, more ships were sent out, the colonization repeated until no planet, no species, least of all Man and Mrdini, was safe.
The furry and courageous Mrdini had fought the Hivers for centuries, many dying bravely in an attempt to save their own worlds. Now Mrdini and Man combined to form the Alliance -- and Humankind had their own weapons to offer -- the power and might of the Talents who could not only communicate silently with each other, but could project cargoes, ships and themselves across the deeps of space. The four children of Damia were primes amongst the Talents, and all their skills were desperately needed, for the Hivers' terrible Sphere ships were still thrusting through space, unfathomable, impenetrable, and carrying death in their labyrinthine depths.
 

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"Graham Hamilton. For blue Jaguars and Eddie Stobbart Hauliers"

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The Tower and the Hive [1999]
Much had been done to limit and destroy the powers of the terrible Hivers, who had torn through space annihilating every living thing that stood in their way. But still the Alliance -- of Human and furry Mrdini -- had to discover the wereabouts of every last Hiver world and stop the queens from further colonization. Of Damia's children, some were put on the Hiver search, and others, the gifted and valuable T-1 Talents, were worked to the point of exhaustion as planets destroyed by the Hivers were opened up for colonization by the rapidly exploding Mrdini population. And there was the dissent within the Star League Worlds -- a growing resentment of the power and privileges of the Talents, most especially the dynasty that stemmed from the Rowan and Damia. As a new Talent, Vagrian, a flawed T-2, was shipped in to help Laria's exhausted team, he brought with him tension and antagonism, an outward sign of the trouble fermenting among the Star Worlds.