Alan Dean Foster writes some brilliant stuff, and this novel is no exception. Before Hoth, there was Tran-Ky-Ky. This book, the first in a series of three, is an excellent story interwoven with strange alien life forms, intrepid space travellers and amazing flora and fauna. And, like all good SF, it is completely believable. So sharpen up ypur chiv, spread your dan and catch nthe wind with Ethan Frome Fortune, Skua September, Hunnar, Milliken Williams and the rest of the crew! Eminently enjoyable!