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Gwyneth Jones


Divine Endurance
Year 1984
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0048232467



She was intelligent and elegant and heartless, just the way she was meant to be.  But they were too successful in making her a cat: she was far too clever at slipping under the locked doors in her mind.  They could never let her go.  It would not have been safe.

In the end there was Cho: Cho, the loving companion, the dear child.  All she wanted was to make someone happy.

Together they went in search of the race who had left them alone and to find Cho's brother.  Cho believed she would be able to put an end to the world's problems.  Divine Endurance had promised her that.  And it was true.  Cho had the power, as her makers long ago had claimed, to grant every wish of the human heart.

But how do you grant wishes for someone who believes that desire is the enemy of the soul, that to give up will and self is the only way to reach reality?

In the Peninsula, to which they journey, Cho and Divine Endurance discover a land of intricate beauty.  It is a land riddled with corruption: an exquisite mosaic of cruelty and abandonment, grace and desolation.  A desperate struggle is in progress between the people and the indifferent power of their Rulers: brothel-keeping princesses, pampered puppet princes, a silent and secret government.  Everywhere death creeps in like the tide.

Cats do not like being shut up and ignored.  Divine Endurance had her own secret intentions.  Cho was doing her best with all her loving heart.  But she was finding it difficult to grant wishes.  Her brother knew the answer.  So did Divine Endurance.




This ambitious, beautiful novel is laced with dry (sometimes savage) humour.  It includes a cool and convincing portrait of a functioning matriachy.  It is a novel full of insights and surprises.


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Orange Sun Simmering
Even a quiet Sun is a busy place. The above image, taken in a single color of light called Hydrogen Alpha, records a great amount of detail of the simmering surface of our parent star. The gradual darkening towards the Sun's edge, called limb darkening, is caused by increased absorption of relatively cool solar gas. Further over the edge, a giant prominence is visible, while a different prominence can be seen in silhouette as the dark streak near the image center. Two active areas of the Sun are marked by bright plages. The above amateur photograph of the Sun was taken just last month through a small telescope and a standard digital camera. In contrast, there are times when our Sun appears much more active. Photo Credit & Copyright: Ralph Encarnacion

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