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Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper

Cary Neeper Updated December 17, 2015

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The Webs of Varok: Finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards for science fiction 2012
and Nautilus silver award for YA science fiction 2013.
Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper

Author Details

Pen Name
Cary Neeper
Where I Live
Southwest US
Shout Out
The books of the Archives of Varok series are speculative fiction. They portray a steady state economy, with all its differences from our current situation. It provides ripe fruit for Book clubs to pick, in discussion. Varok's legal definition of family provides another topic, as does the metaphor represented by the traitor Mahntik's unnatural ability to block her mind from reading. The aliens are neighors in an alternate 21st century solar system, a mirror for exploring who we are and what we should be doing to secure the future.
The first book was published in 1975 by Charles Scribner's Sons. It was re-released in 2014 as The View Beyond Earth--a story of self-actualization, personal growth when faced with Earth's overpopulation problems, overuse, and what it means to be human. The second book, The Webs of Varok, finds the alien-mixed family defined in a Full Earth economy betrayed by a villain who block her thoughts from reading. The Alien Effect, the third book, finds the mixed family back on Earth trying and failing to teach steady state ethics, while complexity does its helpful thing. The family's baby of the first book is now a new adult searching for meaning on a far-off world and close to home. The historical novel of the series will explore problems in how to communicate with alien life threatened by overpopulation stress.

Tandra has crossed millions of miles of empty space to live with her adopted family on Varok, with its promise of stability for her young daughter. But like any garden, this world depends on its caretakers--and someone is sowing bad seeds. Tandra, the elll Conn, and the varok Orram must trust each other's alien nature to restore balance for Varok and their fragile new family.


A Place Beyond Man--Standalone Prequel to The Webs of Varok

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