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Record Number: 81300
   
Dirge. 2000 Dirge
by Alan Dean Foster
First Edition 2000.
Del Rey / Ballantine Books.
New York.
ISBN 0345418646.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Cover illustration by Mark Harrison.
310 pages.
Price: $24.95.

Notes
Second part of The Founding of the Commonwealth trilogy.

Humanx Commonwealth Chronological Reading Order: #3.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the first printing of the 2001 Del Rey/Ballantine paperback edition, ISBN 0345418638. Cover illustration by Mark Harrison.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
Bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has written an exciting Humanx Commonwealth adventure that delves deeper into the fragile early years when humans made first contact on this unforgettable world...

In the second half of the twenty-fourth century, diplomatic relations proceed cautiously between thranx and humans. But the insectlike beings are nearly forgotten with the sudden discovery of an ideal planet to colonize—Argus V—and the startling appearance of a race of spacefaring aliens. People are dazzled by beautiful, glamorous pitar. Then tragedy strikes.

The entire human population on Argus V is brutally slaughtered. Not a single clue remains to identify the unseen executioners. But from a tiny inner moon of Argus V comes a faint signal. On that insignificant chunk of rubble lies the key to the crime—setting in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with deadly consequences for thranx, pitar, and human alike. For their worlds will be changed forever by a colossal battle that is their future and their destiny…

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