Author: Sylvia Engdahl

Sylvia Engdahl is the author of nine science fiction novels, six of which are Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. The one for which she is best known, "Enchantress from the Stars," was a Newbery Honor book, winner of the 1990 Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. Her three latest novels, the trilogy "Stewards of the Flame," "Promise of the Flame," and "Defender of the Flame," are for adults. Recently, she has published an updated and expanded edition of her nonfiction book "The Planet-Girded Suns," first published in 1974 with the subtitle "Man's View of Other Solar Systems" and now subtitled "The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds." She is a strong advocate of space colonization and has maintained a widely-read space section of her website for many years. She also created the site www.spacequotes.com, which contains quotations about why humankind must expand into space. From her home in Eugene, Oregon she now works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools. She welcomes visitors to her website at www.sylviaengdahl.com.

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Herald of the Flame - The Rising Flame #2

Herald of the Flame
  • Number: B00NK6NXKA
  • Release: 2014-10-15
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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Starship captain Terry Steward is committed to spreading acceptance of psi powers and other advanced mind capabilities throughout the worlds of humankind. A strange turn of fate has enabled him to overcome terrorists who would have put an end to the colony world Maclairn's plan to achieve this goal. Now with his own ship Estel, he journeys from world to world, heralding the hopeful future about which he alone knows the full truth. But the opponents of mind power still pose a threat and on Earth the persecution of people who develop new abilities is increasing. Soon targeted by bounty hunters, Terry risks everything that matters to him in a desperate attempt to defeat Maclairn's enemies, not guessing that if he lives long enough, he is destined for an even greater role in human history than he has played as a defender of its cause.

Though this is a sequel to Defender of the Flame, it can stand alone. Both books can be read independently of the preceding Hidden Flame series, Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame, which are set more than two centuries earlier.

Stands Alone: Yes


Defender of the Flame - Flame Trilogy

Defender of the Flame
  • Number: B00CGCWBUW
  • Release: 2013-04-20
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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Starship pilot Terry Radnor is puzzled and outraged when he is suddenly recalled from interstellar exploration to the desolate training base on Titan. His spirits rise after he volunteers for a secret project offering him extraordinary physical and psychic capabilities, yet before he can complete this new training, he is transferred against his will to a cruiser for a tour of duty he expects to hate. But the mission turns out to be unlike anything he could have imagined. Advancing rapidly in his career, Terry finds fulfillment in love and in commitment to a cause--until an ironic twist of fate tears him away from everything he has ever cared about. He is forced to build a whole new life, far from all that has previously mattered to him, and only the effort to regain what he has lost keeps him from despair. Is there any hope that he can fulfill his pledge to protect the world whose safety is crucial--more crucial than anyone else knows--to the future of humankind?

While this novel concludes the trilogy begun with Stewards of the Flame and Promise of the Flame, it is a completely independent story set two hundred years later, and can be read alone. Unlike Sylvia Engdahl's other previous novels, it is not a Young Adult book and is not appropriate for middle-school readers. However, it will be of interest to adults and mature high school age readers who have enjoyed Enchantress from the Stars and The Far Side of Evil, as it deals with some of the same themes.


The Planet-Girded Suns - The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds

The Planet-Girded Suns
  • Number: B0084MUPB0
  • Release: 2012-05-18
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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Interest in extrasolar worlds is not new. From the late 17th century until the end of the 19th, almost all educated people believed that the stars are suns surrounded by inhabited planets—a belief that was expressed not in science fiction, but in serious speculation, both scientific and religious, as well as in poetry. Only during the first half of the 20th century was it thought that life-bearing extrasolar planets are rare.

This book, first published by Atheneum in 1974, tells the story of the rise, fall, and eventual renewal of widespread conviction that we are not alone in the universe. Its chapters dealing with modern views have been revised to reflect the progress science has made during the past 40 years, including the actual detection of planets orbiting other stars.

In addition it contains a new Afterword, "Confronting the Universe in the Twenty-First Century," discussing the relevance of past upheavals in human thought to an understanding of the hiatus in space exploration that has followed the Apollo moon landings.


Anywhere, Anywhen - Stories of Tomorrow

Anywhere, Anywhen
  • Number: B006C7MNXW
  • Release: 2011-11-22
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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This anthology of stories about the future, edited by Sylvia Engdahl, is intended for teens who don’t ordinarily read science fiction rather than for SF fans, and is not meant to be an introduction to that genre. It focuses on the timeless aspects of being human, and aims to suggest ideas about the future in a way that those who prefer real-life settings to strange, “far-out” ones will enjoy. Contributors include Sylvia Engdahl, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Carol Farley, Rick Roberson, Robert Pierik, and Mildred Butler, all of whom are established authors of children’s or Young Adult fiction. In this expanded edition, two stories from Engdahl and Roberson’s previous anthology "Universe Ahead" are included.


This Star Shall Abide - Children of the Star #1

This Star Shall Abide
  • Stars
  • Number: 978-0-615-34834-3
  • Release: 2010-02-25
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Fantasy
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Now back in print, the highly-acclaimed first book of the Children of the Star trilogy--winner of a Christopher Award for "affirmation of the highest values of the human spirit."

Noren knew that his world was not as it should be -- it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which he had always longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy promised that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He defied the High Law and had no faith in the Prophecy's fulfillment. But was defiance enough, or could some way be found to make it come true?


Promise of the Flame - Flame Trilogy 2

Promise of the Flame
  • Number: B004I1KQG0
  • Release: 2009-10-10
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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Book Two in the Flame Trilogy, preceded by Stewards of the Flame and followed by Defender of the Flame.  It is self-contained and can be read alone--however, reading it first will spoil some of the suspense of the earlier book.

Three hundred people, isolated on a raw new planet in the hope that their psi powers will become the foundation of a culture that can someday shape the future of humankind. If they don't starve first. If they don't lose heart in the face of hardships beyond any they imagined. And if their kids can be reared to believe in the dream and advance both their technology and their psi powers from one generation to the next.

Starship captain Jesse Sanders hasn't expected to be responsible for the settlement. Peter is the leader, the visionary on whose inspiration they all depend. But Peter has his hands full, not only with maintaining morale but with grueling ordeals of his own. So the job of ensuring the colony's survival falls on Jesse. And in the end, he must stake his life in a desperate attempt to prevent the loss of all they have gained.

(Please note: Unlike Sylvia Engdahl's earlier novels, this is not a Young Adult novel and is not appropriate for children or young teens.)


The Doors of the Universe - Children of the Star 3

The Doors of the Universe
  • Number: B004I1KQGK
  • Release: 2008-09-08
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Science Fiction
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Noren knew that his world was not as it should be -- it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which even as a child he had longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy declared that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren, convicted in youth of heresy, had only recently come to believe in the Prophecy's fulfillment. And the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone had imagined to restore their rightful heritage.

This is the third novel in the Children of the Star trilogy. It is preceded by This Star Shall Abide (issued in the UK under the title Heritage of the Star) and Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains, also available as ebooks. The three are independently readable, but reading them out of order will spoil the suspense of the earlier ones. This book was originally published in hardcover by Atheneum as Young Adult fiction, although unlike This Star Shall Abide it is rarely of interest to readers below high school age. In 2000 the entire trilogy was republished as adult science fiction in one volume, in both hardcover and softcover editions, by Meisha Merlin.


Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains - Children of the Star 2

Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
  • Number: B004I1KQEW
  • Release: 2008-09-08
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Science Fiction
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Noren knew that his world was not as it should be -- it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which even in boyhood he had longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy declared that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren was a heretic. He had now come to believe in the Prophecy's fulfillment, yet the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. Was it right to keep on promising them a brighter future?

This is the second book of the Children of the Star trilogy. It is preceded by This Star Shall Abide (issued in the UK under the title Heritage of the Star) and followed by The Doors of the Universe, also available as ebooks. The three are independently readable, although reading them out of order will spoil the suspense of the preceding ones. This book was originally published in hardcover by Atheneum as Young Adult fiction, although unlike This Star Shall Abide it is rarely of interest to readers below high school age. In 2000 the entire trilogy was republished as adult science fiction in one volume, in both hardcover and softcover editions, by Meisha Merlin.


Stewards of the Flame - Flame Trilogy 1

Stewards of the Flame
  • Number: B004I1KQGA
  • Release: 2008-04-09
  • Author: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
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Book One in the Flame Trilogy, followed by Promise of the Flame and Defender of the Flame. Are you wondering how far government control of health care might go in a future society? This controversial novel, winner of a bronze medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards, is not just for science fiction fans.

Crime is considered illness, untreated illness is crime; ambulances crews are the only police. Dead bodies stay on "life support" forever.Can anyone gain freedom?

When burned-out starship captain Jesse Sanders is seized by a dictatorial medical regime and detained on the colony planet Undine, he has no idea that he is about to be plunged into a bewildering new life that will involve ordeals and joys beyond anything he has ever imagined, as well as the love of a woman with powers that seem superhuman. Still less does he suspect that he must soon take responsibility for the lives of people he has come to care about and preservation of their hopes for the future of humankind.

(Please note: Unlike Sylvia Engdahl's earlier novels, this is not a Young Adult novel and is not appropriate for children or young teens.)


Book Library

  • Herald of the Flame Herald of the Flame
  • Defender of the Flame Defender of the Flame
  • The Planet-Girded Suns The Planet-Girded Suns
  • Anywhere, Anywhen Anywhere, Anywhen
  • This Star Shall Abide This Star Shall Abide
  • Promise of the Flame Promise of the Flame
  • Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains Beyond the Tomorrow Mountains
  • The Doors of the Universe The Doors of the Universe
  • Stewards of the Flame Stewards of the Flame