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The New Springtime (edition 1990)

by Robert Silverberg

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Time is not succession and transition,
but the perpetual sound of the fixed present
in which all times, past and future,
are contained.

- Octavio Paz
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For Malcolm Edwards
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As he came over the knife-edge summit of the rock-Strewn hill and turned to descend into the warm green valley that was his destination, Kundalimon felt the wind change.
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Forty years after the Coming Forth, cities of the People have spread across the continent; from Yissou, the walled fortress of brooding King Sala Yissou, the walled fortress of brooding King Salaman, to vibrant Dawinno, where Chieftain Taniane presides over a coalition of tribes and the old Chronicler Hresh ponders Great World artifacts. With the cities come the ills of ambition, bureaucracy, and corruption. then one day the People face a greater threat: an ultimatum from the hijk-queen...
since emerging, the insectoid hijk hordes have believed that they, not the People, should inherit the Earth - and they might be right. Their telepathic immortal Queen rules a hive-mind millions of years old, the only survivor of the Great World's godlike races. the hjik are ancient where the People are young; earned where the People are ignorant; organized where the People are chaotic; many where the People are few.
A human enjoy from the Queen makes the offer: peace in exchange for limits to tribal expansion and acceptance of the hijk vision of security, love, and control. It is a vision of life that is intricate, beautiful, absolute. And inhuman.
The proposal throws Dawinno into turmoil, as does the growing passion between the envoy and Nialli Apuilana, daughter of the city's chieftain.
Savage pride, territorial lust, and xenophobic horror dominate the city, even as the new religion worshiping the hijk spread like fire and in Yissou a glorious plan to unite all the People against the "bugs": gets under way.
If the hijk-queen is refused, the New Springtime will run with blood. The fledgling tribes will be exterminated, or they will destroy a race infinitely old and wise. But if the hijk are accepted, the People will have survived the Winter, only to lose their newfound humanity forever. And the only person who can stop the genocidal madness from sweeping hte Earth is Nialii, Taniane and Hresh's tenacious daughter, whose people, including her parents, consider her insane...
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From the Five-Time Nebula Award-Winner
 
The death stars that brought the apocalyptic destruction on Earth seven hundred thousand years before have stopped falling, and Earth has begun to renew itself. The Long Winter that held the human tribes in their cocoons beneath the ground is over, and the People are spreading rapidly across the newly fertile land. The Queen of Springtime continues the chronicles of the People’s reclamation of Earth begun in the first volume, At Winter’s End.
 
The human tribes struggle to fulfill their destiny as rulers of Earth, but they find the seats of power already occupied. The hjjks, the somber, cold-eyed insect-folk, never retreated, even at the time of greatest chill. The world fell to them by default, and they have been its sole masters for seven hundred thousand years. The Queen of Springtime follows the struggle between these dissimilar beings to establish dominance in the newly emerging world.
 
Exclusive to this Bison Books edition, Robert Silverberg provides an introduction and a synopsis of the unwritten concluding volume of The New Springtime trilogy. Appearing for the first time in print, “The Summer of Homecoming” outline reveals the fates, two hundred years later, of the heroes and their world that were introduced in At Winter’s End and The Queen of Springtime.

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