For countless millennia, the planet Worlorn has been ‘creation’s
castaway,’ a cold, barren world drifting aimlessly through the darkness between
the stars. When it wanders near the constellation called The Wheel of Fire,
Worlorn experiences a brief, bright period of light and life and becomes the
setting for an extravagant, multi-cultural celebration: the Festival of the
Fringe. A few short years later, when the planet has moved on and the festival
has ended, the light begins to die once again.
Into this realm of eternal twilight comes Dirk t’Larien, a
rootless interstellar traveler. Dirk has come to Worlorn in response to a
summons from Gwen Delvano, the woman who deserted him years before, the woman
he has never stopped loving. Desperate to reconnect with Gwen, his ‘mistress of
abandoned dreams,’ he finds himself enmeshed in the unforeseen complexities of
a world marked by alien sexual and domestic arrangements, unbridgeable cultural
barriers, and rigid codes of conduct that can have lethal consequences. It is a
world in which words carry extraordinary weight and names have the power to
shape, and destroy, a life.
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