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Another Heaven, Another Earth [Mass Market Paperback]

H. M. Hoover
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Dec 15 2002
Of the original population that colonized the planet Xilan five centuries before, a mere handful of descendants remain, including Gareth. Despite disease, starvation, and hardship, they survived. Much, including their technology, was lost as they learned to adapt to Xilan’s primitive conditions. When a new expedition from Earth lands with bold plans to re-colonize Xilan, however, a clash between the “primitives” and their “rescuers” becomes inevitable.

Gareth must make a decision: accept the new ways and risk losing their identity, or cling to the past...and risk extinction.

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“Beginning as straightforward Lost Colony-type science fiction, this novel takes a startling twist . . . . Hoover writes for those who prefer the SF with food for thought.”—School Library Journal

“Superb! You look through the eyes of two young women, one explorer, the other colonist, as they meet. Their mixed emotions ring utterly true.” —The Times Educational Supplement

A “real blockbuster of a novel. As readable as it is wise.”—The Junior Bookshelf

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“Beginning as straightforward Lost Colony-type science fiction, this novel takes a startling twist . . . . Hoover writes for those who prefer the SF with food for thought.”—School Library Journal

Of the original population that colonized the planet Xilan five centuries before, a mere handful of descendants remain, including Gareth. Despite disease, starvation, and hardship, they survived. Much, including their technology, was lost as they learned to adapt to Xilan’s primitive conditions. When a new expedition from Earth lands with bold plans to re-colonize Xilan, however, a clash between the “primitives” and their “rescuers” becomes inevitable.

Gareth must make a decision: accept the new ways and risk losing their identity, or cling to the past...and risk extinction.

“Superb! You look through the eyes of two young women, one explorer, the other colonist, as they meet. Their mixed emotions ring utterly true.” —The Times Educational Supplement

A “real blockbuster of a novel. As readable as it is wise.”—The Junior Bookshelf

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite heaven, but close enough Feb. 21 2003
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Another Heaven, Another Earth" is not quite as good as "Orvis" (the first H.M. Hoover novel republished by Starscape Books), but it's quite a nice piece of work. In fact, it's a bit misleading to classify it just as children's lit, because this book has more brains than most adult space operas.
The planet of Xilan was colonized by humans centuries ago, but their descendents remember nothing of Earth, and have no technology except an inactive ship that they don't recognize. They live in a primitive village, where lives are short and mortality rates are high, and their bodies have changed to adapt to the planet. But despite the hostility of the place, they've survived.
Then a new wave of colonists come to Xilan -- people from Earth who didn't know the Xilans were there. The Xilans are suddenly exposed to amazing technology and the promise of a future elsewhere, but they want to stay where they are -- even though the alien planet may ultimately wipe them out.
I confess that I liked this book less than "Orvis," because Orvis was simply a story, whereas this has the slightly meandering feeling of "a week in the life of a space colonist." There's a definite beginning and end, but it all goes at a pretty even pace with no highs or lows. Despite this, it's a good story and raises some intelligent questions: Should people be helped even if they don't want it? Should they be helped if they don't have the full picture? Who was right or wrong in this conflict, or was no one really in the wrong?
Hoover does a good job with the characters, though at times the colonists seem a bit too bullheaded and the primitives a little too stubborn. (Oh come on -- at least a few curious people would want to leave!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite heaven, but close enough Feb. 21 2003
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Another Heaven, Another Earth" is not quite as good as "Orvis" (the first H.M. Hoover novel republished by Starscape Books), but it's quite a nice piece of work. In fact, it's a bit misleading to classify it just as children's lit, because this book has more brains than most adult space operas.
The planet of Xilan was colonized by humans centuries ago, but their descendents remember nothing of Earth, and have no technology except an inactive ship that they don't recognize. They live in a primitive village, where lives are short and mortality rates are high, and their bodies have changed to adapt to the planet. But despite the hostility of the place, they've survived.
Then a new wave of colonists come to Xilan -- people from Earth who didn't know the Xilans were there. The Xilans are suddenly exposed to amazing technology and the promise of a future elsewhere, but they want to stay where they are -- even though the alien planet may ultimately wipe them out.
I confess that I liked this book less than "Orvis," because Orvis was simply a story, whereas this has the slightly meandering feeling of "a week in the life of a space colonist." There's a definite beginning and end, but it all goes at a pretty even pace with no highs or lows. Despite this, it's a good story and raises some intelligent questions: Should people be helped even if they don't want it? Should they be helped if they don't have the full picture? Who was right or wrong in this conflict, or was no one really in the wrong?
Hoover does a good job with the characters, though at times the colonists seem a bit too bullheaded and the primitives a little too stubborn. (Oh come on -- at least a few curious people would want to leave!) But the two lead characters are counterparts from two different civilizations, and so we get some focus on them. Lee and Gareth are actually very similar, stubborn and with the perspective of her group, yet able to see some of the viewpoint of the other side.
Hoover's writing is pretty spare and solid, not too many details. But the vision of the future seems pretty plausible, and Hoover doesn't get too caught up in trying to make it TOO futuristic. There isn't any violence, though there are some alarming images of sickness and insanity, not much profanity and no smut.
"Another Heaven, Another Earth" is a pretty good SF read in a genre (real SF for juveniles) that is one of the smallest out there. Good for kids and adults alike, as are Hoover's other books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Heaven, Another Earth Aug. 20 2011
By jrh - Published on Amazon.com
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"Another Heaven, Another Earth" is largely about a lost space colony. Alien worlds are mined and colonized by corporations similar to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation from the Aliens/Predator series. Several hundred years ago this corporation abandoned a colony of 10,000 employees and settlers on alien world. Things went very wrong for them when their computer system fails. They have no wilderness skills and begin dying off in droves various ailments. The story begins five centuries later when their few dozen surviving descendents are "discovered" by an corporate exploratory expedition much like Columbus "discovered" Native Americans. It was a good book and some people might compare it with "Avatar" but without the white savior syndrome and dances with smurfs bombasticy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What would it be like to live somewhere else other than earth? March 27 2007
By Vickie McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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Hoover has written another fascinating juvenile science fiction novel which leads the reader to wonder along with earth explorers how these beings survive.
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