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Fossil Hunter: Book Two of The Quintaglio Ascension Paperback – Feb 10 2005

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765309734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765309730
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Read the series March 10 2008
By L. Yunker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tastes just like chicken; to me (You'll understand when you read the book). April 29 2007
By the 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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Musings of the watcher Sept. 23 2000
By Stephen A. Haines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
If Darwin was a dinosaur... Dec 27 2014
By PerkyTxGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fossil Hunter (Quintaglio Ascension #2)
by Robert J. Sawyer

In Fossil Hunter, Robert Sawyer revisits his dinosaurian society (Quintaglios). This time out, if Afsan was Galileo then Toroca is Darwin. This second book in the trilogy follows Afsan’s son as he leads a Geological Survey team in a voyage meant to be reminiscent of the Beagle.

While it was still fun to revisit this world, book 2 wasn’t as fun as the first one. Still I enjoyed reading it immensely at the time, and re-reading for this review didn’t diminished it for me.

At times, the Quintaglios are too human and the discoveries far too easily come by. It sort of cheapens the years (decades) that our scientists in our history spent making meticulous observations on the topics. Never the less, Toroca stands in for not only Darwin but early geologist who posited the age of the world. A stark difference of course is that life on the Quintaglios’ world was brought wholesale from Earth by aliens and continued to evolve after that. They can only trace it back to that one event when an entire ecosystem erupts suddenly into the fossil record.

In addition to the scientific discovery storyline, there is the second story line in which the Emperors siblings (who are the governors of each of the provinces) are made public. Apparently only the Blood Priests knew that the royal Family’s clutch were spared from culling. BTW, do they only have one clutch in a life time? That seems unlikely! When the rest of the people find out they are outrage and the whole blood priest system starts to fall apart. Afsan preposes are rematch in which all of the adult sibling must face a ‘black death’ - a large carnivore which sounds like a T-rex or something similar. The point being that is similar to an adult Quintaglios to hatchlings.

At the southern pole, Toroca observes creatures never seen in his own land and that allows him to posit a theory of theory of descent with modification. He is particularly taken with the abundance of creatures that seem to be similar to wing-fingers ( pterosaur) but are flightless and some even water going. He eventually finds artifacts from the aliens that placed them on their world and eventually a space ship. Just what they need, right?

Emperor Dybo survives his challenge - by being clever instead of strong and fast. He convinced the blackdeath that he is a juvenile and it refused to eat him. I’m not convinced that would work, but a a plot point, OK.

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