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Homegoing Mass Market Paperback – January 14, 1990

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A huge spaceship carrying the kangaroo-like Hakh'hli society lands on Earth, where the two raceswhat two races?/earthlings and the hakh'hli/i think we can stet/pk maneuver to implement their own hidden agendas. "As is often true of Pohl's works, the clear-cut moral dilemmas and the commonsensical solutions to interracial stalemates offer all too simplistic parallels to current diplomatic crises," noted PW.
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An alien spaceship lands on Earth for a double purpose: to give the people of Earth the benefit of their advanced technology and to return to them a human rescued in infancy and raised by the kangaroo-like Hakh'hli to be as "human" as possible--under the circumstances. Pohl's unerring gift for satire delivers a splendidly skewed alien-eye-view of human culture while spinning a touching, slightly quirky story of a young man's coming of age. Highly recommended.-- JC
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 14, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034536550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345365507
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,037,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a good read, classic science fiction as always done well by Fred Pohl. Easy to get into and not confusing at all like some books where a lot of the story takes place in alien culture. About a human who grew up on an alien spaceship and the ship is headed to earth to return him but also to get something in return, has good story line on earth after planet has been devasted. I like when stories are post apocolyptic, which this one sorta is, although lightly. Good read, I recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
Too bad this one's out of print! The protagonist is fascinating, and the story poigniant. One of Pohl's best. Compares very favorably with his more well known works.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sandy is young adult who loves basketball and hanging with his friends. The only problem is none of his friends are human. Aliens found him as an infant and raised him as they slowly crossed from Earth to Alpha Centauri and back to Earth at sub-light speeds. In the meantime, the rest of humanity has more or less destroyed themselves through war, famine, nuclear power, AIDS, global warming, Styrofoam happy meal containers, and all the other things people worried about back in the 1980's. How will the rest of humanity react to Sandy? And are the aliens really friendly?
This book is very readable and is mildly interesting. There is a good deal of suspense over whether or not the aliens really are friendly. However, the page after page of environmentalism gets old. Also, the ending is a pretty weak. All in all, it's a decent book to pick up if you read a lot of Sci-Fi and want a quick read.
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