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Fossil Hunter: Book Two of The Quintaglio Ascension [Paperback]

Robert J. Sawyer
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Feb. 10 2005 Quintaglio Trilogy (Book 2)
Fossil Hunter is hard SF in the tradition of Larry Niven about a world inhabited by the Quintaglios, a dinosaurian species that has evolved a human level of intelligence and culture.

Toroca, a Quintaglio geologist, is under attack for his controversial new theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the wreckage of an ancient starship -- a relic of the aliens who transplanted Earth's dinosaurs to this solar system. Now, Toroca must convince Emperor Dybo that evolution is true; otherwise, the territorial violence the Quintaglios inherited from their tyrannosaur ancestors will destroy the last survivors of Earth's prehistoric past.

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While a young archaeologist unearths information that may help his people save their race from cosmic destruction, a battle for planetary leadership theatens to undermine the fabric of Quintaglio society. This sequel to Far-Seer (Ace, 1992), set on a planet where dinosaurs evolved as the dominant species, explores the repercussions of a peoples' discovery of their true origins. Doctrines of evolution and creationism clash in an unexpected context in this thoughtful and compelling sf adventure, which belongs in most sf collections.
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"Doctrines of evolution and creationism clash in this thoughtful and compelling SF adventure."-Library Journal on Fossil Hunter

"Every bit as good as its excellent predecessor."-Science Fiction Chronicle on Fossil Hunter

"A superlative science fiction novel. Strongly recommended."-The Toronto Star on Fossil Hunter

"Doctrines of evolution and creationism clash in this thoughtful and compelling SF adventure."- (Library Journal)

"A superlative science fiction novel. Strongly recommended." (Toronto Star)

"Every bit as good as its excellent predecessor." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best dinosaur book ever written Dec 13 2003
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The first best is of course Far-Seer .... the first volume in this trilogy. But this one is a very worthy follow up. Whereas the first was about a dinosaurian Galileo, this one is about a dinosaurian Darwin. Worth the price just for the great cover, but it's what between the covers that shows why Sawyer has won both the Nebula and the Hugo. Exciting and fast-paced .... filled with sense of wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the series March 10 2008
By L. Yunker - Published on Amazon.com
I read this many years ago,[volume one [Far Seer]] and loved it . Gave it to my son who was about 12 at the time and he still talks about it - he is 26 now! [It's the only Si-Fi he has read.] When I stumbled across the next two books recently [Not sure if they were even written back then!] I was thrilled and bought them instantly. Devoured them in a couple days and was very happy. They are as good as the origional, and my son is reading them now and agrees. Excellent reading for all ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes just like chicken; to me (You'll understand when you read the book). April 29 2007
By Gunner - Published on Amazon.com
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Fossil-Hunter is the second book of Sawyer's Quitaglio Ascension. Sawyer brings back the fascination to Science Fiction that I haven't experienced since I was a young teenage boy reading Norton and Heinlein. The next book in the trilogy is Foreigner: Book Three of the Quintaglio Ascension The first book is Far-Seer: Book One of the Quintaglio AscensionIn Fossil-Hunter

Sawyer borrows elements from real History to add bits and pieces to his characterizations. In this one he borrows bits and pieces from Shackleton's Antarctic exploration, a little Charles Darwin, a blind Sherlock Holmes (I realize that Holmes was fictional), and a little David and Goliath and even a little Rocky Balboa ( another fictional character). This time the characters include not only Afsan, but also, his children, Toroca,et al.

In this book, Sawyer introduces the Watcher, a character that is even more important in his book Calculating God.

Next comes Foreigner, Oh, Joy.
I strongly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one. Can you tell?

I immediately orderred "Iterations: And Other Stories" to see what Sawyer's Short Stories are like. You might want to,too. This guy is good!

Gunner April, 2007
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4.0 out of 5 stars Musings of the watcher Sept. 23 2000
By Stephen A. Haines - Published on Amazon.com
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What would it be like to be the Charles Darwin of an alien world? Especially a world dominated not by thinking primates like ours, but by dinosaurs. Robert Sawyer's Toroca, son of savants on the Quintaglio world becomes just that during an expedition to the Southern Pole of his world. He wonders about the origins of the bizarre creatures he encounters there, arriving at the conclusion they are in fact birds - an unknown species except in the fossil record.
Toroca's father, Afsan, is meanwhile caught up in the defense of the Emperor of the Quintaglio. Facing more than simply a palace revolution, the future of the Quintaglio people may be hanging in the balance. Challenged by a brother to relinquish the throne, Dybo is coached by Afsan in preparation for a test of strength to answer the challenge. As so often happens, cunning, not strength, is the determining factor in the outcome. Afsan must also confront the novelty of murder, rare in Quintaglio society. Adding to the stress is the fact that the victims are his own children.
Sawyer develops the theme of a society alien to ours, but with significant parallels. His tactics in presenting the Quintaglio are effective. It's an interesting concept. The trilogy makes a good addition to any speculative fiction collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating concepts April 23 2007
By Prof Zoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I never dreamt that I would read a book about intelligent dinosaurs and not only enjoy it but find it thought provoking. Robert Sawyer certainly is the best science fiction writer today. Though I often don't agree with his ideas, the concepts are compelling and make you think. Sort of like Juan Rico in Starship Troopers who said his History and Moral Philosophy professor in high school had discussions that would wake you up in the middle of the night and make you think: What did he mean by that?

The problems of leadership and acceptance of differnt ideas are central to the Fossil Hunter. Sometimes you can avoid death by standing still after studying the enemy. It is a terrific set up to the conclusion of trhe series. I highly recommend the entire Quintaglio series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Creation or Intelligent Design? Dec 27 2010
By Neil G. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Building on the world and society so well created in Far-seer, this book doesn't quite meet the high standard set in the first book of the Quintaglio Trilogy but is still a great read. While several of the key characters from Far-seer reappear, the main characters are Afsan's children, in particular Toroca, who is instrumental in discovering the biological history of the dinosaurs' world. The Watcher (who does much more than watch) is introduced and we learn at last the solutions to puzzles mentioned in Far-seer, such as why the dinosaurs only need to sleep alternate nights, as the author puts forward his own interesting theory regarding the Fermi Paradox. Charles Darwin's experiences and insights from his expedition to the Galapagos Islands are cleverly recreated as Toroca's expedition to the South Polar Ice Cap discovers how natural selection has unfolded for their world. Throughout the book, we see how the dinosaur society meets the challenges of governance and population control as they come to a new understanding of how their physical and cultural environment have shaped their development.
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