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This article is an orphan, as few or no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; suggestions may be available. (August 2010) Threshold   Author David R. Palmer Country United States Language English Series To Halt Armageddon Genre(s) Science fiction novel Publisher Bantam Spectra Publication date December 1985 Media type Print (Paperback) ISBN ISBN 0-553-24878-2 (first edition, paperback) OCLC Number 13000483 Preceded by Emergence For the 1997 novel, see Threshold (Sara Douglass novel). For other works with this title, see Threshold (disambiguation). Threshold is a science fiction novel written by David R. Palmer and published by Bantam Spectra in December 1985. It was his second book published, following Emergence, and was intended to be the first book of the To Halt Armageddon trilogy[1]. Contents 1 Plot introduction 2 Plot summary 3 Literary significance & criticism 4 References Plot introduction Threshold is a space opera novel, involving interstellar intrigue, mysteriously alluring space aliens, and a hero who is larger than life. Its protagonist, the penultimate issue of millennia long alien breeding program: Peter Cory, billionaire, hard driving adventurer, and unrequited rescuer of damsels. (Due to a "clerical" error in the program, his future wife was born late and is now only a child, but there is no time to wait.) One of the aliens, a "wWyh'j" (witch) named Megonthalyä (Meg) and her obese feline familiar (Memphus) come to Earth to enlist Peter's help. Plot summary Due to what they call a 'racial mental block' a quasi-immortal race called the Isi are unable to prevent a galactic catastrophe. The Isi think humanity (specifically Peter) will help them overcome this hurdle, hence the book's opening line "Peter, we are losing Armageddon..." Unless he joins forces with them "... the galaxy is doomed...!" While Peter (and the reader) is understandably skeptical, the talking cat, as well as a crash course in telepathy rapidly convince him of Meg's sincerity. Soon he is using his uniquely human perspective to unveil new applications of ancient Isi mental powers, and develops some startling new abilities. Armed with complete control of his cellular structure (which allows for slow but complete cellular metamorphosis), and a "gnNäáq" (knack) which allows the mental manipulation of electrical energy, Peter and Meg travel to Meg's home planet of Isis where he will be taught the "mMj'q" (Magic) necessary to help save the galaxy from its impending destruction. Writing in what can only be described in a "Heinlein-esque" style, Palmer deliberately plays with sci-fi conventions. For example he transforms common terms such as witch, familiar, and magic into alien words. He also turns several clichés on their ear, giving the reader a trip through the protagonist's ego as he travels across a decidedly hostile planet.[citation needed] Literary significance & criticism Touted as the first book in a trilogy[1], subsequent novels have yet to be published, although the author has made it clear that the second book is indeed written. As of 1990, Palmer pointed out that when his personal finances permitted taking time to survive off of slim publishorial advances, he would return to writing.[2] References ^ a b Palmer, David R. (1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special Edition ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. "Threshold (Book I of the To Halt Armageddon trilogy)"  ^ Palmer, David R. (1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special Edition ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. "At that point I will again quit reporting and devote all my time to writing."