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Nor Crystal Tears Hardcover – February 1, 1994
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Before Man and insectlike Thranx had become allies, when the reptilian AAnn were just occasional raiders of Thranx colony worlds, one young Thranx agricultural expert lived a life of quiet desperation.
A dreamer in a world of sensible, stable beings, Ryo buried himself in his work -- reclaiming marshland from a tenacious jungle -- until he came across a letter describing a relative's encounter with horrid, two-legged, soft-skinned space-going beasts . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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 oeurve includes more than 100 books.
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Top Customer Reviews
I picked this book up from the giveaway pile at my high school library about 10 years ago, though it wasn't until a few years later that I got around to reading it. When I picked it up, the kid who had picked it up before me dismissed it and said something negative about it (even though he hadn't read it). When I finally read it, I was SO glad I ignored him. I was intrigued by Michael Whelan's cover art--a Human and an insect (two completely different creatures) looking into one another's eyes and touching hands.
Foster's story about turned out to be just as engaging as the art work. It was a brilliant and unique idea to write about the first contact between Humans and Thranx from the Thranx's point of view. Experiencing Ryo's world and society and encountering weird fleshy aliens with single-lensed eyes, spongy skin, and half as many limbs through his compound eyes.
I think it also gave me a greater interest in insects and insectoid aliens.
Not many books or even movies quite like it. Definitely recommended to anyone interested in first contact stories and real alien aliens (and insects can be quite alien).