Telzey Amberdon

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Telzey and Crest Cats on the cover of the 2000 Baen edition. Art by Bob Eggleton

Telzey Amberdon is a fictional character in a series of science fiction short stories and two short novels by James H. Schmitz, taking place in his "Federation of the Hub" fictional universe, presumably in the mid-4th millennium. She is introduced as a fifteen-year-old genius, a first-year law student, living on the human-settled planet Orado (whose name comes from Eldorado by a pun). Through interaction with alien psychic animals on a resort planet, she discovers that she has psychic powers. Upon her return to her home planet, her abilities are recognized by a mechanism at the spaceport reentry gate and she is effectively made an agent of the Psychology Service. A major pattern in the stories is the development of her powers. Eventually she teams up with the redheaded secret agent Trigger Argee. The series ends inconclusively; in the last story, a villain makes a duplicate of her, who gains a separate identity and name.

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The Telzey stories were originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact between 1962 and 1972. The series was quite popular, often getting the cover illustration. Most of it was assembled in three books: The Universe Against Her (short story collection, Ace Books 1964), The Lion Game (short novel) and The Telzey Toy (short story collection) (both DAW Books 1973).

In 2000 all of the Telzey and Trigger stories were republished by Baen Books, "edited and compiled" by Eric Flint into three collections with some connecting material by Flint: Telzey Amberdon, T'nT: Telzey & Trigger (where both heroes feature) and Trigger & Friends (dated January 2001, for Trigger only). The books remained in print as of June 2007. They were made available for download at Baen Free Library in 2005, but are no longer downloadable in 2016.


Title Analog issue
Collected in
Novice 1962-06 The Universe
Against Her
Telzey Amberdon
Undercurrrents 1964-05, 1964–06
Goblin Night 1965-04 The Lion Game
Sleep No More 1965-08
Resident Witch 1970-05 The Telzey Toy T'nT: Telzey & Trigger
Compulsion 1970-06
The Telzey Toy 1971-01 T'n'T (as "Ti's Toys")
Company Planet 1971-05 T'nT: Telzey & Trigger
Glory Day 1971-06
Poltergeist 1971-07 Telzey Amberdon
The Lion Game 1971–08 The Lion Game
Child of the Gods 1972-03 T'nT: Telzey & Trigger
The Symbiotes 1972-09

Note: T'nT: Telzey & Trigger includes as Prologue to "Compulsion" the Trigger-only story "The Pork Chop Tree", originally published in February 1965 Analog.


  1. James H. Schmitz: The Universe Against Her. Ace Books (Berkley Publishing Group) 1964. ISBN 0-441-84577-0 (1984 reissue). The Universe Against Her title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. The Lion Game. DAW Books 1973. The Lion Game title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  3. The Telzey Toy. DAW 1973 The Telzey Toy title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  4. James H. Schmitz, edited and compiled by Eric Flint: Telzey Amberdon. Baen Books, New York April 2000. ISBN 0-671-57851-0. Partial text in Baen Free Library. Telzey Amberdon title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  5. James H. Schmitz, edited by first Eric Flint: T'n'T: Telzey & Trigger (full text in Baen Free Library). Baen Books, July 2000. ISBN 0-671-57879-0. T'nT: Telzey & Trigger title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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