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The X Factor by Andre Norton

The X Factor (original 1965; edition 1984)

by Andre Norton

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Title:The X Factor
Authors:Andre Norton
Info:New York, Del Rey, Ballentine Books, c.1965
Collections:Your library
Tags:sf, east wall

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The X factor by Andre Norton (1965)

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    Dread Companion by Andre Norton (DisassemblyOfReason)
    DisassemblyOfReason: In Norton's universe, Survey scouts make (sometimes temporary, sometimes arranged) marriages to produce sons who will make up the next generation of Scouts. The system, however, is dealing with people, who don't always fit their assigned roles. While The X Factor shows what happened to a son who didn't fit the necessary psych profile for Scout training, Dread Companion shows another problem with the system - that of one of the daughters rejected for training despite being someone who would've been happy as a Scout.… (more)

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Not one of her best but not a bad story of a young man who, finding himself in a world where he doesn't belong, steals one of his Dad's journey tapes from an isolated planet and heads that way.

He finds himself in a world where his mental telepathy is a factor and where he has to join with other sentients on the world to help fix the problem.

It's not one of my favourites but it's not a bad read. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Aug 10, 2008 |
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Diskan Fentress was a mutant. And when he could no longer bear the shame of being an outsider among his own people, he stole a spaceship and jumped to an uncharted, frozen planet.

There Dskan met the alien Brothers-in-Fur, who led him to the ghostly ruins where long ago a great civilization had ruled.

But ohters were already here - a courageous girl, a wounded alien, and a band of outlaws determined to find the legendary treasure of Xcothal.

Diskan was the only one who could stop the outlaws - but first he had to let the Brothers-in-Fur show him the way ....


Diskan shivered. Never before had he been forced to look outside himself and guess what was real and what was not, because he had been only too well award of the real. But here the real and the unreal flowed together. He could stamp his foot on the frozen mud, feel the jar of that contact throughout his body. But last night he had been as sure of the soft water about his legs -in these same streets.

For the second time he stamped. This was real! This was now and it was real. And, judging by those tracks, another of his kind had found it real before him.
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Diskan Fentress, mutant son of an interstellar explorer, felt himself out of place on the luxury worlds of civilized space. It was not until he stole a spaceship and a travel key to the unexplored planet Mimir that he first felt his latent powers to be of some worth. For Mimir was a world of strange relics, of beasts that were more than beasts, and of a ruined city whose shadows bespoke a higher and weirder civilization than any the galaxy had yet discovered. It was to fall to Diskan's lot to meet head-on that ancient world's "X Factor," and to settle the fate of a planet with his reaction.

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