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The Attitude of Silence
Author: Jeff Mariotte
Publication information
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: September 29, 2005
Media type: Hardcover
Pages: 272
ISBN-10: 0765304872
ISBN-13: 978-0765304872
General information
Series: Andromeda Tie-in (#5)
Preceded by: Through the Looking Glass
Followed by: Paradise Drift (Book)


"The Attitude of Silence" is the fifth novel set in the universe of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. The crew of the Andromeda Ascendant arrive in the Festival system, where Captain Dylan Hunt hopes to convince the system's 12 planets to join the new Commonwealth. The central planet, Festival, has the reputation of being a party planet, and the crew is looking forward to a little R & R. Festival's supreme regent, Efreld sur Havasu, rolls out the red carpet and seems eager to join the Commonwealth. But Dylan and his crew soon discover Festival is not the peaceful haven it seems, for they are put under constant guard, even when they go to partake of Festival's nightlife, and two crewmembers' lives are endangered when they sneak out of a club. Dylan knows 12 planets could greatly bolster the fledgling Commonwealth, but the more he learns about Festival, the greater are his doubts about it.

Mariotte perfectly captures the characters' voices and the tone of the TV show in this lively tale.