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Integrating vampire love and page-turning suspense by an award-winning science fiction author, this story of fantasy and romance will appeal to genre fans of all kinds. Finding the remains of an alien spaceship complete with humanoid corpses, scientists begin to work on sending a message to the stars, in hope of contacting the newly discovered civilization. The scientists, however, are unaware that the aliens they are attempting to contact already walk among them. Stranded on Earth generations ago, the vampire-like Luren have split into two sects: the Residents, who consider themselves part of human society, and the Tourists, who prey upon humans as they wait to return to their home planet. Fearing that Luren civilization will enslave humanity upon the receipt of the message, astronomer and Luren Resident Titus Shiddehara works furiously to sabotage the scientists' contact attempts.




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Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100091  
ISBN13  9781932100099  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jacqueline Lichtenberg is known best for her complex world building and relationship-driven story lines. She won the Romantic Times Award for "Dushau" and the Galaxy Award for "Unto Zeor, Forever," She lives in Chandler, Arizona.


Jacqueline Lichtenberg currently resides in Monsey Spring Valley, in the state of New York.

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Different, innovative vampire novel.  May 15, 2006
I just finished reading this book, and I REALLY enjoyed it. Lichtenberg always provides a good read.
Vampires on the moon was, I thought, a different kind of premise, and that they were science fiction based, rather than occult or supernatural, I enjoyed.

I liked the relationship and interplay between Titus, the main character, and Abbott, his vampire "father." It had an intimate aspect of people who care about each other, but they were also adversaries in conflict, and I thought that Lichtenberg brought this through well.

One thing that I would like to have seen more of was the background of Earth's Luren, and their biological processes. The earth vampires are actually hybrids between humans and alien vampires who landed on earth 300 years ago. Titus's genetic father wasn't his mother's husband, but it wasn't Abbott, either. What happened? Where is Titus' genetic father? Does Titus know anything about him at all? Did I miss something? Am I getting it wrong?

When a luren awakens after being killed or dieing, but in reality just coming out of a very deep hibernation, and is taken out of their grave, are they the exact age that they were when they died? Or, if they are old when they die, are they young when they are resurrected? How does this work?

Titus mentions that he has more human ancestors than Abbott; Titus is more fully human. Why? Can't the human-luren hybrids breed with each other? Can they only breed with humans? I would have thought that in the first few generations the hybrid vampires would crossbreed with humans because the hybrids were very rare, but then I would think that they would mate with one another to try to preserve the luren characteristics. And, given the Tourists attitudes towards humans, I would think that they wouldn't want to breed with a human if they had any choice at all. Maybe the female hybrids are sterile, and the male hybrids have to crossbreed with humans?

At some point, I wanted to see Connie, Titus's supplier and the mastermind for the Residents. She seemed like such an interesting character from what Titus thinks about her. But she is totally offstage through everything.

I have been told that writers should hit the ground running, and not do too much flashback, let the backstory fill in by what the characters are doing now. Lichtenberg does this, and it makes for a suspenseful novel, but I just wanted a few more pages about the earth luren, themselves, just a little bit of history.

I have ordered Lichtenberg's novel "Dreamspy," so maybe that will answer my questions.

In some ways, this book reminded me of Fevre Dream, by George R. R. Martin. Both books have a very different take on vampires.

I recommend "Those of My Blood," and anything else by Lichtenberg.

 
Sci-fi not Smut  Sep 26, 2004
I first read this book at least ten years ago, and I've read it a number of times since then and enjoyed it every time. This is not a steamy, more sex and violence than story vampire romance. It's science fiction, with well-thought out aliens who happen to be similar to fantasy vampires, and a very nicely done love story. I can definitely see how it might not be Anita Blake fans' cup of tea, but, honestly, comparing this to that is like comparing Anne McCaffrey to Sandra Brown -- so mismatched that any conclusions are meaningless. If you like science fiction, and enjoy a compelling love story, adventure, vampires (the author very neatly weaves vampires and aliens together with all the best parts of vampire tradition included), and characters who have more pressing concerns than falling into bed together, try this book. You won't be disappointed.
 
Put me out of my misery.....  Jun 23, 2004
You know how some books create characters and a world you love so much, you try to read slower because you don't want the book to end? This is not one of those books. I'm a fairly fast reader so I always finish any book I start. I have never regretted this policy more than now. I am three quarters of the way through this book and the end can't some soon enough for me. The best part of the book was the lengthy "Acknowledgement". The author seems to be a nice person and I feel bad panning her book but if I can save anyone the misery I'm in, I have to do it. If you want vampire/romance, read the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
 
Review  Feb 13, 2004
Vampires on the moon? This premise provides a unique backdrop for Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Those of My Blood.

Dr. Titus Shiddehara is a human/vampire hybrid alien from the planet Luren. Titus, an astronomer has been sent to Project Station on the moon the stop his nemesis and vamphyric father, Dr. Abbot Nandoha from contacting the home world of Luren.

Titus is a resident - a Luren who does not drink blood from the human source. Instead, he drinks a cloned, dried blood mixed with heated water. Abbot, on the other hand, is a Tourist. He feels justified in not only drinking blood from humans, but also in their domination. To Abbot, humans are just like cattle - or orl. If Abbot succeeds in sending his message to Luren, humanity will be doomed.

Abbot and Titus, as vampires have incredible telepathic powers. They are able to bend others to their will and create believable illusions. Using these skills, Abbot does everything he can to try contact Luren. Titus is forced to struggle to thwart Abbot and stay alive. This power struggle, set against a conflicted Earth, creates a refreshing and fascinating world with unexpected twists and turns. Those of My Blood will keep you guessing until the end.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg is the author of the Sime Gen series and many other sci-fi novels. Lichtenberg's Dreamspy is also set on the same world as Those of My Blood. Currently Meisha Merlin Publishing and BenBella Books are reprinting many of Lichtenberg's books. More information can be found on the author's website http://www.simegen.com/

 
Alisa from alisaandmike.com  Feb 13, 2004
Vampires on the moon? This premise provides a unique backdrop for Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Those of My Blood.

Dr. Titus Shiddehara is a human/vampire hybrid alien from the planet Luren. Titus, an astronomer has been sent to Project Station on the moon the stop his nemesis and vamphyric father, Dr. Abbot Nandoha from contacting the home world of Luren.

Titus is a resident - a Luren who does not drink blood from the human source. Instead, he drinks a cloned, dried blood mixed with heated water. Abbot, on the other hand, is a Tourist. He feels justified in not only drinking blood from humans, but also in their domination. To Abbot, humans are just like cattle - or orl. If Abbot succeeds in sending his message to Luren, humanity will be doomed.

Abbot and Titus, as vampires have incredible telepathic powers. They are able to bend others to their will and create believable illusions. Using these skills, Abbot does everything he can to try contact Luren. Titus is forced to struggle to thwart Abbot and stay alive. This power struggle, set against a conflicted Earth, creates a refreshing and fascinating world with unexpected twists and turns. Those of My Blood will keep you guessing until the end.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg is the author of the Sime Gen series and many other sci-fi novels. Lichtenberg's Dreamspy is also set on the same world as Those of My Blood. Currently Meisha Merlin Publishing and BenBella Books are reprinting many of Lichtenberg's books. More information can be found on the author's website http://www.simegen.com/

 

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