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Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award winner, Barry Longyear is author of Enemy Mine, made into a major motion picture by Fox. Recent works include The Enemy Papers and Yesterday's Tomorrow. Having completed training as a PI, he has entered the world of mystery writing with The Hangman's Son. He lives with his wife, Jean, in New Sharon, Maine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Charter Books, Berkley Publishing Group (November 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441206727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441206728
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugo & Nebula winning author of Enemy Mine (made into a major motion picture by Fox)

BARRY B. LONGYEAR is the first writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the classic Sea of Glass and Infinity Hold series, SF & fantasy novels, recovery and writing instruction works, and numerous short stories.

Nominations and Awards*:

1979 (Nomination) John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.
1979 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.
1979 Hugo Award, best novella, "Enemy Mine."
1979 Nebula Award, best novella, "Enemy Mine."
1979 Locus Award, best novella, "Enemy Mine."

1979 (Nomination) Hugo Award, best novelette, "Homecoming."
1980 (Nomination), Hugo Award, best novelette, "Savage Planet."
1980 (Nomination), Locus Award, best novelette, "Savage Planet."
1980 (Nomination), AnLab Award, best novelette, "Savage Planet."
1981 (Nomination) Locus Award, Single Author Collection, Manifest Destiny.

1981 Distinguished Achievement Award, University of Maine at Farmington.

1982 (Nomination), AnLab Award, best short story, "Collector's Item."
1984 (Nomination) Prometheus Award, best novel, The Tomorrow Testament.

1990 (Finalist) Philip K. Dick Award, best novel, Infinity Hold.

1990 (Nomination) Prometheus Award, best novel, Infinity Hold.
1991 (Nomination) Prometheus Hall of Fame, Circus World.

1993 (Nomination), Locus Award, best novelette, "Chimaera."
1994 (Nomination), Locus Award, best novelette, "The Death Addict."

1999 (Nomination) Prometheus Hall of Fame, Circus World.

2002 (Nomination), Locus Award, best novella, "Silent Her."

2006 AnLab Award, best novella, "The Good Kill."
2007 AnLab Award, best novella, "Murder in Parliament Street."

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mel Kharidze on April 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this item, thinking it was Barry Longyear's original novelette. This item is NOT the original novelette (a reprint of which is at Enemy Mine). Note the joint authorship on this item between Barry Longyear and David Gerrold. This item is a novelization of the movie "Enemy Mine" (1985).

More confusing yet, the "Look Inside" link (as of 21 Apr 2009) takes you (incorrectly) to the original novel as reprinted by IUniverse, not (correctly) to this novelization of the movie as published by Charter Books. The "Just so you know..." message leaves the impression that they're just different editions of the same book. They're not just different editions. They're different stories.

A few of the differences between the two: The original novel begins with the confrontation between human and alien on the ground. How they got there is later told in retrospect in a couple of paragraphs. The novelization of the movie begins at the "starbase" and descibes the space battle step by step in 5 chapters/19 pages. The original novel puts them on an island up against frequent tidal waves. The equivalent in the novelization of the movie is repeated meteor showers, and they're on a continent. In the original, they eat snakes to survive. In the novelization, they eat mock turtles. Pretty much all of the details in the stories are different, but the general gist is similar. The original novel is 96 pages long. The novelization of the movie has 218 pages.

Between the two, I prefer what I've read of the original novel, but the novelization of the movie is a good story, too, and it's cheap: I bought my like-new used paperback for a penny (plus $3.99 shipping and handling, of course).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Barnes on November 23, 2008
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This is quite simply one of the best books I've ever read. I believe it was originally published in a magazine as a novella and then reprinted in book form to make money. It is rather short, but every page is worth five in a typical novel. The story is deceptively simple: a human and an alien crashland on an ocean world and most work together to survive. The story has been done before, but never so well as this. The beginning is solid suspense while the middle is a tear jerker. The final third is less intense and moves to more of a cerebral level. It is a fitting conclusion, though not as intense as the first two parts. All in all, Enemy Mine deserves its many accolades. By the way, read the book before you see the movie--the acting is good but they changed too many things for a fan to be satisfied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Eastler on November 8, 2014
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"Enemy Mine," by Barry Longyear was first brought to my attention in about 1980 in Longyear's multiple award winning "Manifest Destiny" saga of mankind's highest adventure on the frontier of the far future. I could not put the book down once I began reading it because of the great and I mean great character development of the interaction between two protagonists, one an hermaphrodite reptilian alien fighter pilot for the exotic home alien planet, Draco, and the other a United States of Earth fighter pilot battling the alien on the planet Fyrine IV, near the Draconian's parent planet. I know that this sounds like a far reach for a Hugo, Nebula, and John. W. Campbell Award winning author, but far from it. Enemy mine was so well written and so beautifully developed that it was made into a movie produced by Wolfgang Petersen starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. in 1985. The movie was never heavily advertised and thus only a small fraction of potential viewers were ever aware that it even existed. The story itself was a gem, and as often happens the video version of the book was not as well developed as the original book itself. None-the-less, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Dennis Quaid portrayed the original characters in excellent fashion, and they did the book great justice. I was so very lucky to have procured a CBS Fox Video VHS copy of the movie which I cherish, and which I often watch. To share my adulation for the story Enemy Mine, I highly recommend that you read it; you'll thank me for introducing it to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunday S. Smith on October 16, 2011
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About the book:
War forces two enemies to crash on a tiny island which is slowly overrun by waves. They must rely on each other for their survival but no one said they had to like it. The sea keeps rising until the two are forced to leave the island, but not without serious injury to the human, Davidge. The Drac, Jerry, builds a shelter and nurses Davidge until he recovers from his injuries caused in their violent sea crossing. This is just the beginning a a unique friendship. The whole story is complicated because the Drac is pregnant and gives birth. But that is less than the first half of the story. The rest of the story concerns the raising and safety of child Zammy.

My take:
First let me say I absolutely loved the movie adaption of this story. Dennis Quad was hot, hot in this movie and Lou Gossett, Jr. had my heart in his hand by the middle of the movie. After I saw the movie, I wondered how I missed reading the story. After all I was a big, big science fiction fan at the time. The truth is I didn't miss the story, I just didn't find it as wonderful as the movie.
The book is still good, the writing tight, the plot while not totally unique (There was a WWII movie that about a Japanese and an American soldier stranded on an island fighting each other) was good. I enjoyed the friendship that develops between the two main characters as well as how Davidge handles the birth of Zammy. It is amazing how much story can be built into just 95+ pages.
One of my favorite parts of the story is where Jerry apologizes for his blasphemous remarks he made about Mickey Mouse. Yes, you have to read the book or see the movie to find out what I mean.
This story is told in the first person, something I have found I dislike as of late.
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