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Midworld [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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Book Description

The peaceful inhabitants of the jungle planet Midworld must fight for their survival in this classic adventure novel from Alan Dean Foster

From the rich imagination of science fiction great Alan Dean Foster comes the story of Midworld, a Humanx Commonwealth planet that’s equally fragile and hostile. Covered by a lush rainforest, Midworld is home to a primitive society that lives in harmony with the natural world. But the arrival of an exploitative human company, whose workers know nothing of Midworld’s delicate ecosystem, sparks a conflict. Should Midworld’s villagers aid the humans or stand against them? The hero of Foster’s addictive page-turner, Born, decides to lead two humans across the perilous jungle. His choice propels Midworld toward annihilation—and leads him headlong into a battle for survival.


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“One of the most consistently inventive and fertile writers of science fiction and fantasy.”  ¾The Times (London)

“Entertaining . . . Foster knows how to spin a yarn.” —Starlog
 
“Foster has produced [an] . . . amazingly prolific career.” —Publishers Weekly

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Born was a child of the rain forest that covered Midworld, part of the primitive society that the peaceful jungle planet had sustained for hundreds of years. He was wise in the ways of his world, and he knew well the precarious natural balance that governed all things.

Then one day the aliens came. Giants.  They knew nothing of the Upper or Lower Hell -- and they cared less. Born had risked his life to save them, to guide them through the myriad tangled boughs, past unseen, unsuspected dangers lurking in the underbrush. But worse than their ignorance of how to survive, the aliens had plans for Midworld, plans that could utterly destroy the globe-spanning forest that his people called home.

As the days passed, Born realized his mistake. And as he had once hunted only to live, he knew now that he would be forced to live only to kill...

Product Details

  • File Size: 3589 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090WS0QU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing world-building December 21, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No one intended to settle the nameless planet covered by seven levels of steaming tropical forest. A colony ship wound up orbiting it by mistake, giving the stranded passengers no other option except to land and try their best to survive. A few of them did that for long enough to have children. Now, generations later, their adapted descendants include a hunter named Born. He's a curious young man, so much so that his people call him mad. For what good is curiosity, in a place where seeking to see the sky involves going to a place called Upper Hell?

When two giants drop out of the sky, only Born cares enough about the mystery to climb down through the trees and rescue them from their crashed flitter. Although they know less than the smallest child about surviving in this perilous place, Born manages to keep them alive long enough to reach the relative safety of his Home Tree. His tribe thinks it's seen him for the last time when he sets out to guide the strangers to the "station" from which they say they came - no one ever traveled that far before. As Born learns more and more about these fellow humans whose thinking is so very unlike that of his own people, and as he discovers how they mean to use the awesome power they've brought to Midworld, the young hunter's curiosity turns to horror. These invaders have to be stopped from carrying out their plans. But how?

The world-building in this book amazes me. Parable and adventure tale, it works well on both levels; and it ends with a chilling twist that turns what had looked predictable squarely onto its head. Followers of Foster's Flinx books - the more recent ones, especially - will find some delicious foreshadowing in that twist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfrul Creatures June 15, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
No one describes a creature like Alan Dean Foster! Hands down, the very best. His silverslith sent shivers down my arms. I've read it many times, and I even use it to teach my students how to write a descriptive paragraph. His mind knows no bounds when inventing animals, plants, and humans. Probably my favorite fantasy book of all times (though Mid-Flinx) comes in a close second.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic August 11, 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually read this book a long time ago - I think it would have been in the late 70s (Note that it is a re-issue now). My local library had a copy and I re-borrowed it a number of times because I was so enamoured with the imagery of the planet Midworld. It was probably responsible for my ongoing interest in SciFi/Fantasy literature.
The book is filled with vivid images of strange, alien lifeforms that are mind-boggling real. The characters are constantly threatened by death by unusual means, making it hard to find a spot to put the book down. In ways the book is similar to the more recently written "Sentenced to Prism", although set in a quite different landscape. I was also interested by the revisiting of Midworld by the author in "MidFlinx", although I think I prefer the original, Flinx is just too good at surviving so I knew he would make it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best August 5, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually am a hard science fiction reader. But my brother recommended that I read this one. WOW! This was one of the best stories I have ever read, I thought I was actually there on Midworld. Loved it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Imaginitive work. December 23, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderful, imaginative work about a verdant, tropical world of some truly amazing flora/fauna as conceived out of the mind of A.Dean Foster. His descriptions are encompassing, and the world is fully realized for such a short piece. I recently saw Avatar with my husband, and was struck at home much of Avatar's story was lifted from Midworld, Ursula Le Guin's "The Word for World was Forest", and other writers exploring bio-vegetative themes during the 1950s-1970s.

The only part of this story I have a problem with are that there are some seriously stereotypical characters that are annoying (i.e., the super-hot moron female, muscle-bound "jock" male, etc.) but A.Dean Foster uses these stereotypes in almost ALL of his books, it can be ignored as they are a small, small portion of this books content.

All in all, I recommend reading this for the sheer genius of description and creativity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll read this one again and again. August 15, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, like Heinlein's Starship Troopers, is a book I keep reading again and again over the years, and for similar reasons. As previous reviewers have stated, this book is quite compact, yet rich and complete, and operates on several levels. It's the description of a fascinating world. It's an adventure story. It's a character study. It's a parable. The concept is intriguing, and the characters are multi-faceted. It's a compact classic, and until today I hadn't realized that Midworld had shown up in any other books. Those books (all of them) are going on my Amazon Wish List today.

Read this book, and read Starship Troopers. Both are SO much more than bugs-in-space. They're worth far more time than they actually take to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic classic April 27, 2001
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I've read nearly everything Foster has written and this book is my absolute favorite (Into the Out of is a close second) The flora and fauna of this world is what grabbed my imagination and the different levels of the rain forest is very well thought out. I'd love to see Jim Hensons production company make this into a movie
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... wrote the first 3 star wars movies but was nice enough to give...
For those of you that don't know Alan Dean Foster is the one that wrote the first 3 star wars movies but was nice enough to give Lucas the credit because he used his idea's he also... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Slip
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very original
Published 2 months ago by Marvin B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique setting
The setting of the story contains a unique concept of an extraterrestrial world. There is some character development, and an engaging plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GNM
5.0 out of 5 stars Slight spoiler, but I had hopes for the redemption ...
Slight spoiler, but I had hopes for the redemption of the humans. I felt the majority of people working on the planet didn't know of what was being done with the burls, and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly vivid and thought provoking
Foster conceives and brings to life a most exotic world described brilliantly as a harmonious whole. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Who Said What?
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre Avatar?
I really enjoyed this book and wonder if the James Cameroon got the Avatar idea from this. The writing was good with not a lot of editing errors which I really hate.
Published 4 months ago by K. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange but fascinating world.
The universe created by the author is unique and wildly entertaining. Having never read any of the other stories written in this series, a few moments do occur leaving you to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marc Allan Frankel
5.0 out of 5 stars Green thumb
I really enjoyed this book.NICE STORY moves well. different perspective. enjoyed the world as alive concept. would recommend for a rainy day.ective.
Published 8 months ago by Shawni
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Described Alien Planet
Midworld by Alan Dean Foster is one of my all-time favorite books. Set on, possibly, the most wonderfully described planet in the sci-fi genre. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John R. Cobb
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what I expected
I bought this book after reading some of the reviews and reading about what a classic it was. I never really got into it and at times I just read to get to the end, hoping that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Y
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More About the Author

Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.



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