Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang A Novel

Kate Wilhelm

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

256 Pages



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Winner of the Hugo and Locus Awards

Before becomming one of today's most innovative mystery writers, Wilhelm was a celebrated SF author. With this novel, one of her most famous books returns to print.

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang tells the spellbinding story of an isolated post-holocaust community determined to preserve itself through a perilous experiment in cloning. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, this tale is perhaps more compelling and timely than ever before.


Praise for Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang

"The best novel about cloning written to date."—Locus

"Kate Wilhelm's cautionary message comes through loud and clear."—The New York Times

"One of the best treatments of cloning in SF."—The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

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Chapter 1
What David always hated most about the Sumner family dinners was the way everyone talked about him as if he were not there.
"Has he been eating enough meat lately? He looks peaked."
"You spoil him, Carrie. If he won't eat his dinner, don't let him go out and play. You were like that, you know."
"When I was his age, I was husky enough to cut down a tree with a hatchet. He couldn't cut his way out of a fog."
David would imagine himself invisible, floating unseen over their heads as they discussed him. Someone would ask if he had a girlfriend yet, and they would
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  • Kate Wilhelm

  • Born in 1928, Kate Wilhelm has been publishing novels since the early 1960s. Her SF writing has earned her a Hugo Award and three Nebula Awards.
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