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The Pollinators of Eden Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1978


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140048766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140048766
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,373,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M-I-K-E 2theD on December 15, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Classical myths are not my forté. So when reading John Boyd's three novels based on classical myths, I take them at face value--the element of science fiction stripped of its mythical connotations. The first in the series, The Last Starship from Earth (1968), had an intriguing society but too many twists to render it a respectable attempt at a serious novel followed by some strange notions in the conclusion. The Pollinators of Eden maintains this weirdness to a degree.

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"SUBJECT: Psychiatric case history, Freda Janet Caron
DIAGNOSIS: Humanism with nymphomanic omniphilia

When the United States starship Botany returned from the planet Flora--the Flower Planet--Dr. Freda Caron, a cystologist for the Bureau of Exotic Plants, stood waiting in the space agency's control tower in the area of touchdown, the San Joaquin Valley. When the officers, scientists, and crew disembarked, however, Freda's fiancé, Paul Theaston, was not among them. Why had he chosen not to return, almost on the eve of his marriage to Freda? What were the secrets of the Flower Planet? What was its strange hold on Paul? Determined to learn the truth, Freda sets out from Earth to visit Flora--and there, at last, she understands."

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The planet of Flora is home to a cornucopia of plant life with almost no animals or insects. The billions of years old planet orbits a dying star, the planet life hypothesized to understand the situation and copes in its own way. After one science voyage, crewman Paul stays behind on the planet to better understand the pollination of the orchids of a special isolated island.
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This is a good old sci fi story which took a while to engage me, but once it did I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. C JUMEL on December 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunatly no film. That's it though. She does it with big red sentient orchids, and her offspring (a football shaped seed) will help mankind survive the end of the universe. Can't get better than that.
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