Expendable by James Alan Gardner
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Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and life is sacred...unless you're an Explorer. The ugly, the flawed, the misfit, the deformed, they are the unwanted, flung to the farthest corners of the galaxy to investigate hostile planets and strange, vicious creatures. Out there, there are a thousand different -- and terrible -- ways to die.

Festina Ramos belongs to the well-trained, always-dwindling ranks of ECMs (Expendable Crew Members). Now she and her partner, Yarrun Derigha, have been ordered to escort the unstable Admiral Chee to Melaquin -- the feared "Planet of No Return"-- which has swallowed up countless Explorers before them without a trace.

Obviously, this is meant to be the last mission for Ramos and Derigha. But it won't be, if Festina can help it.


About James Alan Gardner

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James Alan Gardner is the author of seven SF novels and one collection of short stories. Gardner lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Published January 1, 1997 by Avon Books. 355 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Gardner's impressive debut novel has an intriguing premise: in a society whose members expect to die of old age, certain deaths are considered more disturbing than others. If the victim was popular,

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