A Song for Lya

A Song for Lya Two telepaths investigate the newly discovered world of Shkea where every native inhabitant and an increasing number of human colonists worships a mysterious and deadly parasite Winner of the

  • Title: A Song for Lya
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
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  • Page: 475
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  • Two telepaths investigate the newly discovered world of Shkea, where every native inhabitant, and an increasing number of human colonists, worships a mysterious and deadly parasite Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

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    1. George R.R. Martin

      George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines Martin s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21 The Hero, sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue Other sales followed In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george


    1. I've been on a Martin kick lately and this was recommended by a friend. I don't think Martin is religious himself, but it's stories like these that astound me as to his grasp on how people function whether they are religious or not. This novella deals with an ancient, alien religion that is suddenly finding human converts and you wouldn't think that too bad until you find out the members don't live too long.Martin just knows people and that, I think, is why is writing is so good every single tim [...]

    2. -“Una canción para Lya”: Una canción para Lya es el primero de los relatos, que da nombre al libro, y se centra en una pareja de telépatas que viaja a un mundo donde se convive con una raza cuya religión los lleva al suicidio, al que acuden gustosamente. Es sin duda nos muestra desde diferentes puntos de vista a las religiones extremistas que llevan al individuo a sacrificar su supervivencia en nombre de un pretendido bien común. Observamos que la búsqueda de la felicidad es a veces m [...]

    3. A short, quick, but deep reading. The emphasis is more on psychology (soul-searching, love, loneliness) than on sci-fi.Highly recommended.There are some well placed references to Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold:Ah, love, let us be trueTo one another! for the world, which seemsTo lie before us like a land of dreams,So various, so beautiful, so new,Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with confused alarms [...]

    4. Good story that takes those interesting questions about love, fear, death, connection and loneliness and adds another layer of complexity to consider due to the telepathic abilities of its main characters. ("'That's victory, isn't it?'" Valcarenghi said. 'If you bury your hurts so deep that no one can tell you have them?'") There's a good allusion to 'Dover Beach' throughout that works nicely. Sometimes - especially towards the end - it seems like GRRM is kind of beating you over the head with t [...]

    5. It has to be said that this is a very good collection of short stories, all of which I really enjoyed. Like all good short stories they each focus on a specific theme of human emotion, wrapped up in a good sci-fi 'idea'. Take the first in this collection 'With Morning Comes Mistfall', which incidently is probably my favourite. This is a short story of how man's pursuit of knowledge can cause the loss of wonder and romance, set on a beautiful alien planet. The title novella, the largest here, exp [...]

    6. Omg, I was never a big fan of Sci-Fi, even in books, but this novel has completely taken me into these futuristic, alien world, and left me wishing for more! The master in George R. R. Martin keeps surprizing me further and further. This "mini-romance" is a fiction masterpiece concerning a topic which has been unanswered forever - faith.

    7. This book cannot be rated because the stars are in the form of jellied blood like gooey substance. Good day universe dwellers, my mind is truly battered, but not fucked. I didn't expect philosophy lecture in a similar manner to Neon Genesis Evangelion. I am no stranger to such a thing but I don't like having to put up with it.

    8. A song for lya is no doubt the best novella from GRRM. It's exciting, filled with charismatic people, wonderful sexual depictions, sensible plot, and a very blue ending. Reading it now in 2016 seems a bit cliche as similar plots have been around for a while, nonetheless, it deserves the 5 stars.

    9. A very short, very promising story. it has a seventies science fiction vibe (spaceports! colonies! telepathy! space anthropologists!), but it doesn't feel out of time at all.

    10. I've heard about this story before and knew it talked about a hive-minded alien, but the plot is actually about human relationships and our incapacity to communicate our feelings to others. Not in the usual way though, it's deeper than that. It's about communicating who we really are to people we love, and to love them completely for who they really are, for that essence that not even they know it exists, for the person that remains after all their barriers have been brought down.And the alien p [...]

    11. I'm starting to think Martin is sort of obsessed with the idea of telepathy (at least when it comes to sci-fi). Which would be fine If he always had interesting ideas about it. However, looking at A Song for Lya, I don't really see any potential in it. The storyline is rather plain and obvious. The ending tries to be philosophical but seems more like "esthetical gibberish" to me. To be honest, the Sandkings (which I read just before this one) left much more of a "good-story-feeling" in me. And I [...]

    12. 'A Song for Lya' is one of George RR Martin's best works, and it's easy to see why. All of the themes that crop up in the rest of his scifi works (broken relationships, colonialism and religion) culminate in this story. It follows two telepaths, Robb and Lyanna, who investigate voluntary suicides in relation to a particular religion. While the story is not long, it has many interesting aspects to it, and the plot felt well balanced and fleshed out. I highly recommend this story to anyone, regard [...]

    13. Lya sounds like my drunken ass questioning human existence:"But how much can human beings know each other? Aren't all of them cut off, really? Each alone in a big dark empty universe? We only trick ourselves when we think that someone else is there. In the end, in the cold lonely end, it's only us, by ourselves, in the blackness."I love Martin's ability to reflect on human emotions and to put them into words perfectly. I recommend listening to the song "Heartbeats" after finishing this story.

    14. Really more 3.5 stars, because of how crisp and clear the worldbuilding was for such a short piece. Fascinating story, not sure if I agree with the conclusions it draws. I'll have to chew on it a bit.

    15. Чудова повість, проковтнув на одному диханні.Досить несподівано було відкрити для себе Джорджа Мартіна у такому жанрі (космос, інша цивілізація, телепатія).

    16. Read as a part of Martin's Dreamsongs collection. A good short story on humanities search for love and religion, of loneliness and relationships, of ambition and soul searching. It packs a lot in such a short time."You don't understand, see? And there's no way I can make you. You said we know each other as much as any human beings ever can. You're right. But how much can human beings know each other? Aren’t all of them cut off, really? Each alone in a big, dark, empty universe? We only trick o [...]

    17. Another hauntingly disturbing novella set in the Thousand Worlds universe by George R.R. Martin. I have to say, I'm sorry I wasn't old enough to read his TW stories when they originally came out in the 70s, they're quite amazing and it makes you wonder what kind of series might have been written (ie: the Avalon novel sits unfinished somewhere in his house) had these stories been as successful as his ASOIAF series.I don't know what to say without spoiling it, but it's a well written novella. So f [...]

    18. A deeply haunting novella. I imagine people's reactions to this story depend heavily upon their own life circumstances, and what characters they relate to more, but I found the story painfully realistic, disquieting, unsettling, and tragic. Martin's first novel, "Dying of the Light", shares many of the same concerns as "A Song for Lya", but the latter is the stronger story, all the more impressive for its relative brevity. Speaking of Martin's other works, there are very clear connections to "A [...]

    19. I think it became a little bit too spelled-out at the end, but I liked it VERY much. I heard about GRRM's earlier writings on "hive-minded races" compared to the children of the forest in A Song of Ice and Fire, found the theme interesting and strange, and thought I'd check it out And was not disappointed. To have a short story about humanity's desperate desire, its loneliness, cry for love and for a god, all wrapped up in only a couple of hours' reading, that is really not bad.

    20. Good story, not his best. I love A Song Of Ice And Fire. this short story is nothing like his epic fantasy, but still a very good short story. I refuse to spoil stories or books, but the ending makes you really think about "What would you have done". Definitely recommend this one, and for the price, you really can't lose.

    21. An enjoyable novella. Part of my reasoning for reading this was to explore some of George's work outside of ASOIF, but another facet, was a theory I had read, explaining how George's "1000 World Universe" actually encompasses the world of ASOIF. I thought it sounded interesting and it's inspired me to read through more of his bibliography.

    22. This is the first time i am writing review for any book. This was a really amazing read, I finished it during a long train journey. The end was rather unexpected for me but the satiafaction level was truly acheived. Apart from the story the futuristic setting on some alien planet is quite appealing and author did an absolutely amazing job to help you guide through it at every step. A perfect 5/5.

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