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Legacy of Heorot Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Barnes has joined the co-authors of Footfall to produce an entertaining if uncomplicated SF version of Beowulfwith a Grendel courtesy of the Alien movies. The colonists from Earth have spent a century in cold sleep to make the first journey, one way, to settle a planet in another solar system. Avalon seems perfect, a verdant, livable world still in its prehistoric age. The biologists and engineers who busy themselves planting and building scoff at the warnings of professional soldier Cadmann Weylanduntil a large, unnaturally fast and cunning predator begins stalking the colony. Learning how to kill the beast is only the first step, for they must then reevaluate their entire understanding of Avalon's ecology. The novel is best in its sympathetic treatment of the once formidable scientists who wake from cold sleep with impaired mental powers. Paperback rights to Pocket Books.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA As the name suggests, this is a science fiction version of the first part of Beowulf. It takes place on Earth's first stellar colony, where the colonists find an apparent paradise. Only Colonel Cadman Weyland, the defensive officer whose skills seem unnecessary, remains skeptical of the perfection. And when dogs and cattle begin to disappear, the colonists remain slow to tighten security against the unknown but very real recent development in the planet's evolutionary cycle. While the book's tough realism and complex characters make the story seem frighteningly real, it reads much like a Stephen King horror novel. The three authors have succeeded in writing a cohesive book which is of interest to students because of its reference to Beowulf, but great art this is not. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I liked how this book got me thinking about just what it would take to colonize another planet.
I hear about colonizing mars, and living in a bubble, but the thrill of an adventure like starting a new earth on a planet that no other human had ever set foot on would be just so far away from the experience that most people would ever have in their life that it is hard to imagine. They did take a lot of technology which helped make the colonization much easier than the colonizing of America, but that did not detract from the story at all.
I enjoy Larry Niven's writing style - it is light, without an overwhelming amount of detail, yet I am never left wondering what the scene look like. This gives me the opportunity to imagine it for myself. I've read several of his other science fiction books, and I like the way he makes the science fiction adhere to the rules of Physics and does not make you stretch to believe the possibility of the story.
All in all, I enjoyed it enough that I have purchased the sequel.
I read this book for the first time in 2012, so it holds up fantastically. In some ways it reminds of of the movie Alien, but with more wonder, and more character build up.
I always hate writing anything specific about the story itself, why spoil it for it you? At this point, if you know who Niven and Pournelle are, and you like their work, then I think it's safe to say that this is one of their best works, and you should read it.
The story harkens back to the days of Heinlein. Colonization of a new world by intrepid men and women. Full of action, suspense, terror and drama. Realistic storyline with plausible scientific advancements. (no ray guns or anti-grav belts). The way such a venture could actually happen set in the near future.
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This book is full of dinosaurs.