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Kibi and the Search for Happiness
2010
Rini and the Old Slave
2010
Buna's New World
2011
First Taste of Freedom
2011
Neti's Temptation
2012
What're Friends For?
2012
Sata's Strength
2012
Boro and Sata
2012
Buna's Search
2013
The Magic Needle
2014
Still Voices
2016
Floating Away
2016
The Lonely Space Dragon
2016


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NOAA Space Weather Scales (PDF)

Lumiere Players, Oregon's Third Oldest Theater Company

The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland

MENSA International

FlamingNet

ReaderViews

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Tired of SciFi stories that bring all our human myths and problems with us to the stars?

Fed up with Science and Religion holding each other at arm's length?

Willing to learn and grow right along with the characters?

NEBADOR is the incredible journey of five young adults from poverty and oppression to respected citizenship in the wide universe ...

Book One: The Test
Book One: The Test  begins as a young man arrives in a medieval kingdom seeking a crew for his mysterious ship. It is soon clear he is looking for something other than salty old sailors.

8 editions, all available now, including free downloads


Important NEBADOR News: 29 June 2016

NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia is now available in hardcover, with Medium Print paperback, Large Print paperback, and Global paperback editions coming very soon. It includes the new novella Escape from Sonmatia Two by J. Z. Colby, ten previously-published short stories by past winners of the NEBADOR Writing Contests (2010-2014), the narrative about King Zolko's people on Sonmatia Four, and three new short stories by the winners of the Last NEBADOR Writing Contest (2014-2016). 14 July: All editions are now available!

Book Two: Journey
In Book Two: Journey, the captain and his young students journey around the kingdom as he teaches them many subjects and the trials of life test their hearts and minds.

7 editions, all available now

Book Three: Selection
Book Three: Selection  brings the group of travelers, after many challenges, to the moment of selection. The chosen five quickly discover that their adventures have just begun, and a universe far beyond their knowledge awaits ...

7 editions, all available now

Trilogy One
Trilogy One  contains the complete text of Books One, Two, and Three, all illustrations, and chapter-by-chapter Deep Learning Notes.

2 editions, both available now

Book Four: Flight Training
In Book Four: Flight Training, the new crew of the little ship must learn countless lessons before they can visit far-away places without grave danger.

Includes the short story Kibi and the Search for Happiness from the 2010 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

6 editions, all available now

Book Five: Back to the Stars
The setting of Book Five: Back to the Stars  is a long line of mysterious planets, all stranger than any story, that lie between the birthplace of the young crew and their destination among the stars.

Includes the short stories Buna's New World and First Taste of Freedom from the Early 2011 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

6 editions, all available now

Book Six: Star Station
In Book Six: Star Station, our beloved characters find that stepping into a new civilization can be very challenging. But occasionally, everyone needs to come home.

Includes the short story Neti's Temptation from the 2011-12 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

6 editions, all available now

Trilogy Two
Trilogy Two  contains the complete text of Books Four, Five, and Six, all illustrations, and chapter-by-chapter Deep Learning Notes.

2 editions, both available now

Book Seven: The Local Universe
Book Seven: The Local Universe  takes the story to a new level as the crew begins advanced training and real missions to solve serious universe problems that involve the fates of entire civilizations.

Includes the short story Buna's Search from the 2012-13 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

6 editions, all available now

Book Eight: Witness
In Book Eight: Witness, Ilika and his crew discover there are much harder jobs in the universe than flying a deep-space response ship, such as living to witness the end of your civilization.

Includes the short story The Magic Needle from the 2013-14 NEBADOR Writing Contest.

6 editions, all available now

Book Nine: A Cry for Help
Book Nine: A Cry for Help  is a mirror into which we are invited to look, but it will probably appear, to most people, dark and smoky. Even so, the Muses have declared that it must be freely given to anyone who is led to discover it by the mysterious workings of the universe.

7 editions, all available now, including free downloads

Trilogy Three
Trilogy Three  contains the complete text of Books Seven, Eight, and Nine, and all illustrations.

2 editions, both available now

Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia
Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia  includes the new novella Escape from Sonmatia Two by J. Z. Colby, ten previously-published short stories by past winners of the NEBADOR Writing Contests (2010-2014), the narrative about King Zolko's people on Sonmatia Four, and three new short stories by the winners of the Last NEBADOR Writing Contest (2014-2016).

4 editions, all available now


What are all the different editions?

Adobe PDF for free downloads
Kindle (Mobipocket) format for Amazon's ebook reader
EPUB format for iPad, Nook, Sony, and most other ebook readers

Hardcovers with dust jackets for libraries and collectors
Global Paperbacks for adults with good vision, available everywhere

Medium Print Paperbacks for most youth
Large Print for those who need it

Dramatic Audiobooks (MP3 CDs or downloads) for those who prefer not to read, or don't have time

Deep Learning Notes, with discussion questions and illustrations, for serious scholars, young and old*

Hardcover trilogies include illustrations and chapter-by-chapter Deep Learning Notes*
Young Star-Seekers Editions are paperback trilogies, medium print, with all illustrations and chapter-by-chapter Deep Learning Notes*

* Deep Learning Notes go through Book Six and Trilogy Two.


Rachael Hedges
"Young readers will intuitively respond to the story of the quest for the future, and their own place in it"
-- Rachael Hedges, cover artist, counselor

a solar system in the process of creation
"This book is a beautiful testament to human nature: the good, the bad, and the very ugly. ... J.Z. Colby masterfully weaves his lessons into magnificent tales of friendship, growth, and love."
-- Book0_0Wyrm, LibraryThing.com

the sun from an outer planet
"OMG. SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!"
-- Sally, UK, GoodReads.com

modus tollens
All NEBADOR books are filled with wit-sharpening and skill-honing challenges - mental, emotional, and spiritual - for both the characters and the reader.

Sata, the innkeeper's daughter, by Rachael Hedges
"Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet, with a smile on your face, in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you."
-- Nebador Transport Service saying


Newest honorary Nebador Citizen:

Mary Anne, 11, Australia
"I started with book9 ebook but then i just HAD to read them all. I have trilogy 1 now and am waiting for 2 and i NEED to be a citizen. I think if i had just started with book 1 i wouldnt think they were so good but cince i know where its going...book 9... i KNOW that im going to learn more than school (dont tell any one).
Love, Mary Anne"


Mireille Xioulan Powers, illustrator Alex Chalcraft, critiquer Sarah Bray, critiquer, audiobook voice of Mati
The NEBADOR stories were written with the help of more than 40 young-adult critiquers, readers, and artists ... and a few adults.

Reader Views Kids
"I would recommend this book to people who like action, adventure, and science fiction."
-- Ben Weldon, independent review by ReaderViewsKids.com


The NEBADOR books are used by school and home-school teachers all over the USA, especially with gifted kids 8-12 and reluctant readers 12-18.

Flamingnet
TOP CHOICE: "The Test is a series of adventures that change the lives of ten young adults ... Placed in the middle of a strange town, with even stranger people, this book is sure to keep you busy reading."
-- Hopkins, independent review by Flamingnet.com

Trilogy One
Q: What's the least expensive way to get the complete NEBADOR saga in printed book form?

A: The Young Star-Seekers Editions (7" x 10" paperback, medium print):
    NEBADOR Trilogy One (779 pages):
        Amazon USA  (about $20)
        Amazon UK  (about £16)

    NEBADOR Trilogy Two (733 pages):
        Amazon USA  (about $20)
        Amazon UK  (about £16)

    NEBADOR Trilogy Three (802 pages):
        Amazon USA  (about $20)
        Amazon UK  (about £16)


Book Review
"The visual details give you a perfect image allowing you to play the scenes out in your head until the very end. The author is a master of subtlety ..."
-- Samantha Spaulding, independent review by BookReview.com

Sombrero Galaxy
"Focus on personal development ... demonstrates the importance and value of friendship and trust"
-- Stephanie Louie, 16-year-old critiquer

Pacific Book Review
"This book ... would be a thoughtful gift for a youngster with a propensity to read ..."
-- Beth Adams, independent review by PacificBookReview.com

Large Magellanic Cloud
"A quick plot that keeps you guessing, and something to take away when you're done"
-- Kristen Voie, 14-year-old critiquer

Corona Austrina
"One of the most brilliant books of its time ..."
-- Katelynn, GoodReads.com

galaxies embracing
"... an excellent series, and you can read it on so many different levels. It isn't an ordinary science fiction series, that is for sure."
-- Lubna, India, GoodReads.com

the gas giant Jupiter
"There is a touch of magic between the covers of this book!"
-- Ruby Long, Amazon.com

NGC 1097
"An adventure without violence that has characters for whom everyone can cheer."
-- Karen Oster, author, attorney, mother

our fascinating planets
"I felt as if I was in the book"
-- Brie Polette, 17-year-old critiquer

radiant star cluster
"A diamond in the literary jungle"
-- Winn Barrientos, teacher and mother

Helix Nebula
"I love watching how the characters and their relationships evolve ..."
-- Mariah Bruns, 14-year-old critiquer

the spirals of creation
"The most imaginative tale I have ever encountered"
-- Karen Pihlak, police captain

Preview of NEBADOR Book One: The Test

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NEBADOR
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the narrow streets of a medieval walled city
Book One:
The Test
Spring 2010

English

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Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 1 (6MB)

Comments

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Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

a lonely beach along a wild seashore
Book Two:
Journey
Summer 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 13 (8MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

the colorful aurora above majestic mountains
Book Three:
Selection
Fall 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 5 (13MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

stranded on a frigid ice continent
Book Four:
Flight Training
Spring 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

fascinating planets with strange life forms
Book Five:
Back to the Stars
Fall 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

a shining jewel floating in the blackness of space
Book Six:
Star Station
Summer 2012

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

unseen guests at an event of universe importance
Book Seven:
The Local Universe
Summer 2013

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

stillness and silence where movement and sound should be
Book Eight:
Witness
Summer 2014

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

Heather's meeting circle at a top-secret military facility
Book Nine:
A Cry for Help
Summer 2015

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

a strange eco-system deep underground
Book Ten:
Stories from Sonmatia
Summer 2016

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Where to Get It

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