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Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G. Coney

Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)

by Michael G. Coney

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Series: Pallahaxi (1)

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A young man coming of age on a planet with a binary star deals with his own family issues, and in the process, confronts his race's fear of the cold and discovers the myth about the mysterious Lorin-creatures who share their world. Unbeknownst to all, their planet is about to be drawn into the orbit of Rax - where the long-dreaded freeze will begin. But when the planets two warring governments discover this impending threat and employ it to their own sinister advantage, young Drove retreats with his mother and father to the coastal city of Pallahaxi - where he learns the truth about his relationship with his father, the secret of the intuitive Lorin-creatures, and begins to understand his planet's peculiar destiny.… (more)
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    I Remember Pallahaxi by Michael G. Coney (thesmellofbooks)
    thesmellofbooks: Also published as Pallahaxi Tide, and Rax. Two wonderful science fiction novels with something of a feel of fantasy to them, yet the science is there. Brilliant.

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This short sf/fantasy story is one of those rare treasures that, once read,
engraves the memories of a stranger in a tender corner of your heart.

Coney, writing through the eyes and experiences - and within the limited knowledge of the world - of the youthful hero of the story, brings to life the strange world which Alika-Drove (who is not human) calls home. Simultaneously with discovering the world through Drove's observations, the reader is drawn sympathetically into his growing up as he begins to grasp the pressures which drive the decisions of the adults around him, as he falls in love, and as he learns to identify friends and enemies, and those who are somewhere in between. Not to give away too much, a global crisis results in a completely unexpected conclusion. Please don't miss this book! ( )
  DavidR1958 | Jul 4, 2017 |
What a lovely book! And the sequel, I Remember Pallahaxi, is great, too.

--August 2011-- reading it again. So good! ( )
1 vote thesmellofbooks | Nov 5, 2008 |
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In 1975, Michael G. Coney seemed omnipresent; he had had nine novels published in the space of three years, and for four consecutive years Donald Wollheim had selected Coney's stories for his "World's Annual Best SF" series.

But as fast as Coney's star had risen, it faded; a 1980 short story again picked up by Wollheim, and a novelette that was a Nebula Award finalist in 1995, were the sole high-spots, and within a decade of the latter Coney's death was all but unremarked within the field. Thirty years after he won the BSFA Award for Brontomek, Coney is all but forgotten except by a few fans with long memories, and/or a taste for obscure British SF.

Hopefully that situation will now be rectified.

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Michael G. Coneyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aldiss, Brian WIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Jane and Lady Margaret - and Keith Roberts, who also loves God's country...And to Daphne, who is Pallahaxi-Browneyes and doesn't know it.
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I often think of that day in Alika when my father, my mother and myself hurried to and fro, assembling a pile of possessions on the front porch in preparation for our holiday in Pallahaxi.
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Hello Summer, Goodbye in UK, aka. Rax in USA, aka Pallahaxi Tide in Canada
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