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The Uplift War (The Uplift Saga, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1995
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Billions of years ago, an alien race known as the Progenitors began the genetically engineered techniques by which non-intelligent creatures are given intelligence by one of the higher races in the galaxy. Once "Uplifted," these creature must serve their patron race before they, in turn, can Uplift other races. Human intelligence, which developed by itself (and brought about the Uplifting of chimpanzees and dolphins), is an affront to the aliens who plan an attack, threatening a human experiment aimed at producing the next Uplift. Such is the premise of this novel, which won the 1988 Hugo Award.
"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre."
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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To begin, the plot includes a brief clash in space, moving to the planet- where action alternates between seaport/capital and wilderness. He provides the reader with rotating views of Humans, uplifted chimpanzees (known as Chims), the enemy (the Gubru) and ambassadors of other species (Tymbrimi & Thennanin). At first, the titles and names must be digested, but then the story picks up. Their war is fast-paced, see-sawing between technology and primitive inventions. Occasionally, we look in on the odyssey of two shipwrecked aliens struggling back to the capital. Imagery of the wilderness makes one feel the damp and thick undergrowth, where unseen creatures watch.
Characterization: It is fascinating to learn of the warlike Gubru, their leadership rituals, treatment of clients, and how fate treats them. Surprisingly, they will observe rules of civilized combat. Yet, only late in the book is their complex game plan revealed.
Tymbrimi are known as pranksters, something the invaders forget. I warmly remember the delayed punchline of a joke threading through every chapter. It is ironic, droll, and includes several species. However, they are not the only ones: look for the pipeline stunt.
Fortunately, action involves a small cast, referring to others indirectly. Readers soon invest in favorite characters, looking forward to future appearances. Each changes in ways that surprise- and a few drop out of sight to reappear later.
Writing is imaginative: the psi-broadcasts, the educational prospects of a Galactic Library, and Tymbrimi mental creations (called 'glyphs'), illustrated how unprepared humans might be in a Galactic gathering.
The conclusion impacted me favorably; it built upon activities of the 'Streaker', Startide Rising (Uplift Trilogy Book 2), then showed machinations that greedy races would engage in to grasp the treasure she might carry.
Since I had similar experiences with SUNDIVER, STARTIDE RISING, and BRIGHTNESS REEF, I make the assumption that this is a publisher issue, not an AMAZON issue.
I wish there was a method for sending proofreading mistakes back to the publisher directly.
My book was second hand (paperback, super excellent condition) shipped from Ireland. But, it about a month to reach me. So, I will pay better attention to the address of the seller from now on.