Seed Seeker

Seed Trilogy (Volume 3)

Pamela Sargent

Tor Books

An adventure in colonization and conflict from acclaimed SF writer Pamela Sargent

Several hundred years ago, Ship, a sentient starship, settled humans on the planet Home before leaving to colonize other worlds, promising to return one day. Over time, the colony on Home divided into those who live in the original domed buildings of the colony, who maintain the library and technology of Ship, and those who live by the river, farming and hunting to survive. The Dome Dwellers consider themselves the protectors of “true humanity” and the River People “contaminated,” and the two sides interact solely through ritualized trade: food and goods from the River People in exchange for repairs and recharges by the Dome Dwellers.

Then a new light appears in the night sky. The River People believe it might be Ship, keeping its promise to return, but the Dome Dwellers, who have a radio to communicate with Ship, are silent. So Bian, a seventeen-year-old girl from a small village, travels upriver to learn what they know. As she travels through the colony of Home, gaining companions and gathering news, Bian ponders why the Dome Dwellers have said nothing. Has Ship commanded them to be silent, in preparation for some judgment on the River People? Or are the Dome Dwellers lying to Ship, turning Ship against their rivals?

Whatever the answer, life is about to change radically on both sides of the divide.


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Chapter One

Bian’s great-grandmother Nuy was the first to see the new pinprick of light in the sky.

Bian had followed Nuy downriver to the seashore only because her mother had insisted that she look after the old woman. “Don’t let her out of your sight,” Tasu told her. Bian did not argue with her mother, although Tasu knew as well as she did that Nuy often wandered down to the shore in search of solitude and was able, in spite of her advanced age, to look out for herself.

Bian found Nuy sitting on a hill overlooking the ocean, her basket empty of fi



Praise for Seed Seeker

“Sargent, without fanfare or hoopla, has become a strikingly able and unusual storyteller…. Her real forte is characterization, an ability to dissect and lay open the fears, passions, and yearning of the intensely
human people who invariably inhabit her books
.” —Michael Bishop, Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Sargent is a sensitive writer of characterization rather than of cosmic gimmickry." —Publishers Weekly

“Pamela Sargent is one of the leaders in a new generation of SF novelists. She moves you through strange dimensions, she gives you people you can care about, she thinks deeply. I find her irresistible." —Gregory Benford, author of Timescape and In The Ocean of Night

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  • Pamela Sargent

  • PAMELA SARGENT is the author of many highly praised novels, including Earthseed, chosen as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 1983. She has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award. She lives with writer George Zebrowski in upstate New York.
  • Pamela Sargent Jerry Bauer


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Seed Seeker

Seed Trilogy

Pamela Sargent



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