The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment
by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Edited by David Hartwell
Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765335449
Date: 17 September 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Book Description: The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human lifespan. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.
Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara's atmosphere is populated with skytubes--gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes' role in the planet's ecology--if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.
(Source: Tor Books)