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DECISION AT DOONA [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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July 12 1979
After the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to to coexist with an alien race....
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Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So what if it's 30 years old? July 19 1999
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing style was not flowery or poetic, just easy to follow and understand. Ken, Hrrestan, and the other main characters are interesting and fun to read about, and we sympathize for the human colonists as they try to understand a new alien race, and face the possibility of having to leave this paradise of a colony world to return to an overpopulated and excessively structured Earth. Don't miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first science fiction book I ever bought. Feb. 9 1999
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I bought this book originally in its second or third printing. It was the first science fiction book I ever bought, and I freely admit I bought it because it had a giant cat on the cover. In the over 25 years since I bought it, I have read and re-read it more times than I can remember. The spirit of the colonists (both races) who wanted nothing more than to escape their stagnating worlds; the Hrrubans' sense of humor when they realized the humans thought they were savages; the release for Todd to discover there was indeed still a world where children can play and make the noises of childhood; all of these things are portrayed as fully as the bureaucracies that had me grinding my teeth in sympathetic frustration for both the Terrans and the Hrrubans. I later discovered Pern and Ms. McCaffrey's other worlds but Doona has always been my first love. The sequels to the original came many years after but they are no less dogeared, at least in my library. And In MY library, Ms. McCaffrey's worlds take up more than one shelf. I have everything she ever wrote except for one mainstream romance and can recommend her books to anyone (and have, many times).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful plot about co-existing races. Sept. 27 1999
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I was so tired of sci-fi books dealing with Humans going out to murder another race. This book gave a welcome change, two completely different species working together to create a new world for themselves. I've never read the sequels, but having just read this book alone was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Sci-Fi Fans! March 26 1997
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This is an excellent first-contact story...it shows the paronoia and xenophobia on both sides with good characterization. A tad dated, by today's standards, though...it was first published in 1969, and it shows in the technology level of the humans (about equivalent to the "Star Wars" films, with a few exceptions, while the Hrrubans are fully at the "Star Trek" technology level). On the whole, though, a great tale of trust, friendship, and the ability to rise above deeply ingrained fears and past failures
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle science fiction from 1969 March 11 2001
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Humans are forbidden to have contact with other intelligent races in space. That edict comes as a result of the fact that human contact with the Swiannese race resulted in their mass suicide. This rule is tested when a race of human colonists finds that they are not alone on their uninhabited planet.
The writing in the book is spare and often elegant. While elements of the plot show its age, it demonstrates McCaffrey's consummate skill as a science fiction/fantasy author.
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