Title Earth Made Of Glass.
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Tor: NY. 1998.
0312858515 / 9780312858513
Seller ID 02972
Second volume in the Thousand Cultures sf series, following A MILLION OPEN DOORS (1992) and followed by THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS (2001) and THE ARMIES OF MEMORY (2006).
''The Thousand Cultures, once separated by interstellar distances, are now being connected by instantaneous matter transmission, and each formerly isolated planet is going through intense culture shock. Giraut, who comes from a high-tech, pseudomedieval culture of duels, troubadours, and chivalry, finds himself employed on Caledony, a grim, no-frills world run according to the utilitarian dictates of Rational Christianity. The clash of cultures is fascinating, though too much of the novel's action occurs offstage: the novel hearkens deliberately backwards to the exuberant, human-dominated, outward-looking galaxy of writers like Robert Heinlein, though the story itself -- a young man comes of age on a strange planet -- is perhaps more shadowed by self-awareness than some of its predecessors'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).