Hi everyone i've just joined this forum There's a book I'm trying to find only I can't remember the name. I do however remember the plot quite well. It's set on a distant planet with a society ruled by a sort of priest elite who i think were called Scribes or something like that. The planet is very inhospitable; all the naturally occuring water is said to be poisonous and metals are in very short supply and have to be recycled. There is though a legend that when a new brilliant star appears in the sky metals will suddenly become widely available. The hero of the story thinks all this is bunk. He's sure natural water can't be poisonous and that metals must exist in nature somewhere. He goes on a series of adventures but is finally caught by the scribes and learns there's much more truth than he thought in the legend. it turns out that all the planet's inhabitants were from earth and were stranded on the planet when earth's sun went nova. Because the planet has no metal deposits they have to recycle what they brought from earth. The Scribes are trying to synthesise metals using nuclear reactions. if they can't suceed by the time the nova that was earths sun becomes visible it will be too late; the colony will no longer be viable. In the end the hero becomes a Scribe himself to take part in the research to synthesise metals. Does anyone know the name of this book?