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If you like westerns, you will enjoy it. If you like SciFi, you will enjoy it.
My first experience with Mari Collier's writing, but I will be buying more.
By Greg Gilbert, Trustee and Professor Emeritus, Copper Mountain College
Mari Collier's science fiction trilogy, Earthbound, then Gather the Children, and Before We Leave, is original and compelling literature. Published long before the debut of the film Cowboys and Aliens, this is an epic work that transcends such shot-em-up entertainment by offering the reader generations of fully developed characters, rich sub-plots, and a captivating central story that brings American history to life and reaches into the cultures of interstellar civilizations. Collier's depictions of alien civilizations are as groundbreaking as her original concept of stranding extraterrestrials in 19th Century America. In the tradition of Roddenberry, Asimov, and Heinlein each culture represents facets of her characters and turns an insightful mirror toward our own human foibles - while presenting some rituals that Roddenberry could never have gotten past the television censors.
Of great interest is how Collier's characters are revealed by the day-to-day circumstances of 19th and 20th Century life. In her work we live with German and Lutheran immigrants, witness the development of small frontier towns, visit American cities on the eve of the Civil War, are kidnapped by Comanche warriors, experience frontier childbirths, herd cattle to distant markets, attend hard pew Lutheran church services, survive brawls with knives, fists, and guns, become consumed by the sweetness of courtship and enduring love, and suffer the premature losses of children and spouses to childbirth, influenza, and sudden violence.
Chief among Collier's accomplishments, though, is the towering figure of McDonald, a six-foot-nine interstellar half-breed with an insatiable sexual drive, two hearts, and a principled nobility that steadies the rudder of the entire ensemble. In the annuals of fictional characters, McDonald's figure towers both physically and in the hearts of those who read Collier's trilogy. A titled warrior who was abducted from his homeland, he comes into his own on Earth and devotes himself to a nearly century long process of learning how to navigate the Golden One, an enormous spacecraft that he has hidden beneath a hill adjacent to his ranch. McDonald will live hundreds of years, will marry an extraordinary earth woman and build a life; he'll father children and tell them about his homeland and his warrior mother, a statuesque woman whose legacy has shaped his life - and he'll contend with other entities from the stars, bronze eyed interstellar beings who walk among unsuspecting humans.
From the prairies of 19th Century Texas to the bordellos of Civil War New Orleans, from the 1920's Prohibition era and 1930's Great Depression to the vastness of space, Mari Collier immerses her readers into a thoroughly imagined and sweeping science fiction epic that provides us with characters who will remain in our memories long after we've closed her books.
It was spell binding leaving the reader wanting for more and unable to put it down. You find yourself rooting for the characters and wondering
what was around the corner to surprise you. I enjoyed it so much I have already read the sequel "Gather the Children". Unfortunately books
3 through 6 are currently unavailable as an E-book. I find myself considering going to a book store and looking for the sequels in paperback
which I rarely do anymore. That's how much I enjoy this series. Mari Collier has hit this one out of the park. I hope the series continues as
E-books in the very near future.
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