This is a really interesting story set centuries after Earth abandoned as
dying world The humans now live under the authority of an alien race have to make sure they don t make an impact on the ecology of the lanets they re grudgingly allowed to inhabit John and Connie are mariners travelling and trading on board a living ship when they re given a controversial mission go back to Earth and see if it s all as dead as they authorities claimTheir mission is further complicated by a stowaway hidden away since the days of Earth s evacuation and the fact that their ship is intelligent than anyone will give her credit forThis is a really interesting story that explores a lot of areas including conservation loneliness and what it means to find a This Deleuzian Century place to fit in Highly recommended I ve had this book stuffed in my bookshelves with all the other delightful Megan Lindholm novels for decades And finally got around to reading it This is a beautifully written semi introspective science fiction novel featuring original aliens and exploring various aspects of humanity and itslace in the universe sort of This book is hard to explain there is so much in it The characters all have Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity personalities there is character development thelot is simple but effective the world building consistent and original the writing sublime Tell Me What You Want poignant and exhilarating It also happens to be a standalone novel This was a very enjoyable reading experience People talk a lot about world building and Megan Lindholm did an almosterfect job Maybe even a erfect one It seems seamless original and thorough In addition to that the characters are all very distinct and well developed The science and the systems of her fictional world are crafted the characters are all very distinct and well developed The science and the systems of her fictional world are crafted as expertly as the characters Her alien character is the best alien character I have ever read Even though the book has a serious tone there s some excellent dry humor to be found in the text especially in the conversations between Tug and the humansI m really surprised this book hasn t gotten attention It really is a science fiction masterpiece The total ackage good hard sci fi with realistic characters in it The only criticism I can make is that it lags for just a moment about half way through driving a critical Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 plot element home Plod through thatart it doesn t take too long and ride this bad boy to the finish line As art of my rogram to go back to the SF of the 80s and 90s I read this novel for the first time even though it graced my bookshelves for longer than I care to remember It s actually uite good as a literary work well written strong characters well balanced Le rendez-vous plot As a work of SFnot so much It s aliens are simply not alien enough An intelligentarasite is an interesting idea even though it has been done before But an intelligent Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing parasite that reads Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes stories and reacts to them as you and I dono matter how many body segments he has he is a human being in disguise And I read SF to escape humanity Interestinglot and a fully formed cast of characters Several sayings come to mind If it looks too good to be true it s robably is Do on to others as you would have done on to you When looking for a motive alway follow the money You may have to twist or ex Wow Just wow Having snarfed my way greedily through everything else I finally turned in desperation to what I d considered what may be a throwaway I mean Ki and Vandien all of the Six Duchies Rain Wilds and the Liveships They all share a rich historical feel stories from a time long ast How coul Those who have not lived here will return for what was left Its essence will cry out in a voice that cannot be ignored Riding in the balance between war and omnipotence rests all that they would know But they must All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence put aside the ways of adults and be again as children if the door is to open to them They must speak not in the tongues of Men nor of Angels for it will not avail them Rebirth is within for all Usually fantasy authors are lousy at writing sci fi but that s not the case here Robin Hobb seems to excel in both This novel was as beautiful and masterfully visualized if not even as her other books I read so far Your language is too small sometimes She caught him up and swept him away with her out into the stars and beyond spreading him again unbearably thin throughout a hundred solar systems Stars beyond stars glittered and this time she saw their beauty with him She spun him up and on and he sensed how very far they moved and feared for his sanity But suddenly there was a dull red star that beckoned him with a warmth that was than solar And then there was alanet gold and red and brown rich with thick winds Home Yes Evangeline is right human s language is sometimes too small for me at least Because RH always finds the. Over successive generations the Conservancy has re adjusted man to make him so envir. ,A Dying World The
Perfect words My favorite starships so far were Hamilton s haws from Night s Dawn Evangeline surpassed them I won t say another word about her you ll have to discover yourselfThe storyline was weaved just flawless the characters all of them the world building society In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four plot all areerfectly blended inAs for the style it is introspective and sychological sci fi than based on action The development is slow but leading to An Explosive Climax And Throughout All The Journey Gripping Nonetheless explosive climax and throughout all the journey gripping nonetheless Mrs HobbLindholm as I said and I will repeat myself always knows how to choose the right words to keep you hooked to the oint that you forget to breathe It is a story about what it means to discover your truly self about love and friendship It is also about a new beginning coming of age adaptation and struggle to regain identity In fact the only real ain is when you can t be who you really are I think I said enough although I m at a loss for words expressing how much I relished it Generations ago an altruistic alien race the Arthroplana rescuedhumanity from the ecological disaster of earth and resettled them ina new system with dire warnings on the necessity of fitting in to thelocal ecology Since then this desire to leave no mark has becomean obsession ossibly to the extreme detriment of the human raceThe result of generation of selective breeding has been a race of tinypeople who do not reach Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction puberty until late middle age who are indanger of soon not being able to naturally reproduce at allBut there is a radical element of humans that This book is truly mind blowing Being very familiar with Hobb s fantasy I never expected her to master such a drastic change of genre and writing style I m happy I was wrong Before getting into the core of the novel let me tell you how big of aleasure it was to me to read a whole story that fits into a single book from beginning to end something so rare it oughts to be noticedThis novel is a very different type of space opera like you ve never met before Far from big space wars this journey in the galactic emptiness is deeply ersonal Every character discovers their true self true ersonality and wishes in a very soft way This softness is what characterizes the whole story you are not thrown away in this completely uniue sci fi universe you are gently led into it as you uncover and understand its mechanisms The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability page byage But the best thing is how deeply relevant it is today despite being written almost 30 years ago Overpopulation climate change technology determinism all resonate with today s world our world as the story opens a big debate about human nature This novel is an unexpected sci fi gem that should reconcile even the most down to earth reader with sci fi Let s just hope Robin Hobb decides to write of it I m familiar with her work written under the One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries pseudonym Robin Hobb but not the books she wrote as Megan Lindholm before she adopted the new name Since I didn t want really know where to start and she had written a few stand alone novels the choice was easily made especially since I didn t know Mrs Lindholm had ventured into the realms of Science Fiction at someoint Reading a few reviews of which mainly Rob s convinced me I went for Alien Earth Also urchased that day and still to be read The Reindeer People and the follow up Wolf s BrotherWhat s it about Humans have destroyed Earth Terra Like all nuclear bombs were dropped at the same time So you can imagine that living conditions aren t as favourable any longer An alien species the Arthroplana came with their Beastships to rescue most of the human opulation It s unclear what happened to those survivors who could not or would not be rescued But that s rather trivial here Fact is the lanet s dead Or so the rescued opulation is told Like in for example Wool Omnibus Silo 1 and the rest of the Silo series the Birds people seeing on screens that above ground it s no longer safe to live but they don t show the rest of the above ground only the direct surroundings and thus no one can go outThe saved ones were dropped on thelanets Castor and Pollux However as the Arthroplana saw life and everything connected in a harmonious way mankind was to not leave any impact whatsoever on their new homes Take something from the soil or use water and it must be renewed as if nothing happened as if no change was made This also makes man stay in line obey and ignorantdumb All was regulated by the Conservancy who made sure everything was followed up in a strict manner Humans are also divided into groups given specific tasks after a battery of tests When they do not comply or obey Readjustment awaits them So yes it does give the story a dystopian touch to some extentThe Beastships serve multiple urposes but mainly as transport for trade and other activitie. Onmentally friendly that he no longer breeds or leaves any trace of his existence Ho. S These Beastships all have an Arthroplana in them a sort of supervisorowner who does all the steering In one of them Evangeline a certain John is captain but it s still Tug the Arthroplana who s really in charge although that was not what the tests gave as first result of what he should be have become There s also one crew Connie She was chosen via those tests to be a Mother but decided to go for Crew I it very interesting and refreshing although the story is at least 20 years old that Lindholm an introverted character Connie doesn t speak too often likes a structured life and work Needs Time On Her time on her John is a little different although he too needs some me time occasionallyTo avoid the humans ageing too fast they re Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics put into Waitsleep Travelling from onelanetdocking station to another can take many decades or centuries in human time So they re awakened every x years Add to that that they get to eat and drink specific Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Powerful Internal and External Communications products to avoid them developing too fast Henceuberty or sexuality or other aspects only become apparent at a much later Versailles period Or in other words due to the long sleeping and shorteriods of activity they age very slowly and their bodies develop less fast than when they would have spent their lives on EarthTerraBack to the Conservancy they want it all to remain like it is keeping everyone under control censor everything and what not But then there s Earth Affirmed who want to rove that Earth is not dead that after all those yearscenturies it s safe to go back and continue to live there As John finds no new trade contract the excuse being that his ship is too old too slow he has no choice but to accept EA s not as well aid offer to go and get Earth samples whereby EA would take care of everything on a technical level there s even a time capsule on Earth John and co should locate even though EA wanted him all alongAnd so the fellowship Evangeline Tug John and Connie set out to Earth But there s someone else as well Raef a stowaway who wanted to flee from Readjustment and other troubles his youth wasn t that happy either As he s terminally ill all the reason to want to see one s home lanet one time no At first only Tug is aware of him and hides him in the back to the ship doesn t tell the others about this extra crew memberThere s a lot of manipulation by Tug who tries to win Connie to his side as he can t really become friends with John any based on earlier co operations and travels John knows about Tug s behaviour and tries to warn Connie about it although at first she s obviously still very vulnerable to Tug s behaviourMore details and spoilers behind the tags view spoilerThe story gets a nice turnaround as Evangeline isn t as stupid as eople are made to believe Such Beastships are apparently trained to be obedient and always do as they re told Little by little and though her mental conversations with Raef whom she discovered one way or another because that s an area where Tug has less or no control the womb chambers Evangeline manages to free herself from the shackles and slave driving tactics by Tug who manipulated her and his crew John and Connie John and Connie have to land on Earth but not according to Rack Ruin plan Connie remains sceptic at first then is convinced by John to venture into the world towards the sea and experience for herself that Earth has indeed become a or less normallanet again despite loss of certain fauna and flora and adaptations of remaining species So much even that Connie doesn t want to leave any While on Castor or Pollux Espenlaub people have lost the touch with nature with animals Hence Connie being very surprised to see and feel Earth s vegetation and the few animals she encounters And the sand And the water of the sea Also as you might suspect she and John find each other after having opened up to each other there s no Conservancy or anyone else to keep them in linerobably because their uberty and sexuality suddenly got a big boost due to Earth s living conditionsAs Raef finds out about John s and Connie s descent towards Earth he convinces Evangeline to save them fearing they won t have enough supplies and will succumb to the toxic conditions on Earth But Raef s situation gets worse once he s subjected to Earth s conditions After having told his story and getting weaker by the day John and Connie suddenly see Evangeline appear in the sky and decide to head for the ship since Evangeline has gained full control of herself having disabled her master Tug and ut Raef in one of those Waitsleep wombs for Evangeline to take care of him Tug still tries to save his skin to manipulate John and Connie with the excuse that saving Raef will be disastrous for them all as Evangeline will not care any about anyone only herself and Raef whom she s come to trust and love hide spoiler. Wever a depleted gene ool now means that a dying Earth has to be repopulated uickly.