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Colony Earth: THE ALTERRAN LEGACY SERIES (Volume 1) Paperback – October 18, 2012
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Anne MacCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern details the effects of an advanced civilization that loses its technological edge due to nature's unstoppable force. Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear offers details of the Upper Paleolithic era. In Colony Earth, Regina Joseph blends the two worlds of science fiction and anthropology in an enjoyable tale that attempts to explain how humankind exploded in knowledge after the last Ice Age. High in technical credibility, this story will captivate fans who appreciate the complexities of building--and then destroying--a believable utopia. Clarion Review
First-place, Gold winner of the 2012 eLit Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy
From the Author
I'm fascinated by how civilization began. Archeologists trace human roots back hundreds of thousands of years, yet we only know much about the last ten thousand years or so. What did those people do and how did they live? Were there flourishing civilization that perished?
And what made civilization blossom with agriculture across the ancient world at about 12,000 b.c.e.?
Little is known about our ancestors outside of tales labeled as mere mythology. Those tales from around the globe have amazing similarities. And then of course there are those pesky pyramids that defy explanation.
One of the oldest documented civilizations is that of Sumeria, located near present day Iraq. Recently translated Sumerian tablets report that each city was nurtured by the "ones who came from the stars." Yes, ancient aliens. With them, civilization flourished in the sophisticated cities. Although the starmen's technology was highly advanced, politically they seem backward--they were ruled by a father and his two sons. En.Lil, the primary son governing Earth, was in appearance an adolescent. If this story has any truth, how could that be? My answer is through rejuvenation.
Many of our current social, political, and technological trends might conceivably lead to a global rule by a single family. And humans are always yearning to explore the universe. If we find a planet with primitive hominid life, what will we do?
Like a forensic investigator, I interpreted their world from the morality they taught to shape the mesopotamian civilizations. And so, I constructed the world of The Alterran Legacy Series. My first installment, Colony Earth, was released in October 2012, and it won the first place 2012 global eLit Award in science fiction/fantasy. This volume imagines why they were here and decided to stay. The second installment, Khamlok, was released in March 2013, and it describes their first attempt at nurturing civilization, as well as why they changed course in Sumeria. After all, an advanced civilization doesn't go to primitives on another planet and just decide to erect high mud brick walls with a central ziggurat unless they were learning lessons from past experience. The third in the series, Resurrection, is nearing publication, and it deals with the consequences to En.Lil of his decisions on Earth. It also follows one of the most well known Sumerian "myths", or is it historical fact? I am writing the concluding volume, Redemption.
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Colony Earth presents multiple intersecting plots, characters and worlds in a creative and interesting way. The author is able to twist together historical perspectives, technological marvels, political intrigue and a little “Clan of the cave bear meets Chariots of the Gods” in a varied palette of colors she uses to paint her canvas.
While she takes some license with the time scale and technology of the ages involved, the reader never feels lost or presented with an unbelievable reality. If you can accept the primary premise, you are “all-in” for the rest of the novel. I enjoyed the characters, their interactions, as well as the solutions they worked out to resolve their various conflicts and solve their mutual problems. The book is well-paced and the dialogue is witty and real.
It’s a great first effort.
The author has created a universe that allows her to take this story deep into a series and I look forward to the next book.
Originality: What I love about this book is that the Earth Lil is living on is 10 to 11,000 years ago, based on the mastodons and cave people hunting them. Some of these cave people are special, born from Atlantis, like Alana. I love the opposites interaction of the cave people, who dress in furs and hides with the conflict of the Alterrans, who can change their garment to be whatever they want it to be and even make it a protective shield.
Characters: I very much enjoyed the characters Alana and Maya and their friendship that carried me through the story. Through heart-wrenching tough times, they never give up. I found that I actually enjoyed the scenes where I was involved with Alana's side of things the most in the story and I felt most for her when things went wrong. A thought the relationship between Lil and Alana was well developed and clever and especially enjoyed the nervous courting.
I did like Lil and his uncertainty, as he balanced what he thought was right and what was right-according to his people. It was cool to follow him through Hawan so I could see the structure of the compound, the imaginary waterfall and cool holograms. That said, I think the nature environment surrounding Alana drew me in more to her side of the story than the rigid compound of Hawan. I have to confess I am not a hard science fiction reader, so I do get a little lost when descriptions get lengthy to explain and somehow convince the the reader of the possibility that things can actually happen.
The one problem I did have with the book were too many secondary characters. With science fiction-fantasy like this, the names are already unusual and difficult to keep track of at first when you are getting to know them. There were so many introduced in the first chapter, I got lost for a bit, but definitely found my way into an amazing story. The author's descriptive and colorful visuals drew me into each and every scene.
Recommendation: Colony Earth goes well with a power bar-if you read, you'll understand why, oh and mead! This book is well polished and I highly recommend it for sci-fantasy and medium to hard science fiction readers.
The story reminds me of Jean Auel’s CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, but thanks goodness, not all that overly descriptive claptrap. The plot advances along very well, and you can feel Lil’s dilemma over his duty as the next Supreme Leader and trying to save his race. And then Alana’s uncertainty about aligning her people with Lil’s. The author does a very good job of bringing to life Alterra’s culture and how Lil’s clan of En came into power. Makes me see how we’re falling into that same type of trap in real life.
She is also knowledgeable in the effects of solar weather on the planetary core and mantle, causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. I like her reference to Atlantis and how any surviving residents would have been taken in by the more primitive tribes. My only point of contention was that the earthlings seemed to adapt and not question the technology that Lil’s people used. Like Maya picking up the binoculars to look through. How would she know how to look out of them let along how to adjust them? Also, their vocabulary is too far advanced for people living in huts made with animal skins and bones and using bones and stone for knives.
There were a lot of characters introduced throughout the story with some very strange names. I did get confused over the names Yamin, one of the guardsmen, and Yanni, one of Alana’s tribe. The rest of names fell into place with the people they represented.
I enjoyed the writing style and the author left enough questions at the end to want to read the next book. I did find several proofreading errors, like missing words or misspelled words. Also, some of the paragraphs could have been formatted better. Some conversations were not separated by paragraphs.
I really liked the book and would highly recommend. I give this book 4 stars
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Reminiscent of Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series, but without the excessive, often repetitive descriptions or the gratuitous...Read more