Tropic of Creation Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
In this subtle though engrossing novel by the author of The Seeds of Time, a seemingly deserted planet morphs into a jungle filled with predators and secrets. During an uneasy peace following a long war against the only other known sentient race, the ahtra, Captain Eli Dammond diverts his ship from its primary missionDto transport a general's familyDin response to an SOS from a barren planet. Upon landing, Dammond finds the captain and crew of a stranded military craft that has been missing for three years, and Dammond must investigate the crash to determine if the captain and her crew were deserters. Having found an empty burrowing craft, Dammond explores below the surface. There he is captured and drawn deeper into the previously unknown subterranean homeworld of the ahtra, while above ground the stage is set for a new attack by the ahtra forces on the small band of unsuspecting humans. The author deftly interweaves the viewpoints of Drammond and two ahtra ill at ease in their repressive society with that of 14-year-old Sascha, coming of age on the planet's surface as the heavily outmatched humans battle for survival. Kenyon's vision of a unique universe ranks with those of such science-fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card. Kenyon should prepare herself: readers will anxiously anticipate a sequel. (Nov.)
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Kenyon's vision of a unique universe ranks with those of such science-fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card. Kenyon should prepare herself: readers will anxiously anticipate a sequel.
"A rich weaving of science, politics, and mysticism. A believable memorable story."
-- Brian Herbert, co-author of Dune: House Harkonnen
"More that Kay Kenyon is a major talent."
-- Mike Resnick
Also by Kay Kenyon
The Seeds of Time
Top Customer Reviews
In this tale, failing starship Captain Eli Dammond finds himself on the desert planet Null where his responsibility is to investigate to wreck of another ship and to transport its crew to safety. Although everybody is anxious to get the job done and to leave the inhospitable world, Eli feels that it is imperative for him to spend his last moments there making a quick exploration below the surface of Null in one of the many alien hexadron boring machines found on the surface.
Thus begins a wonderfully told and realized adventure of Eli's meeting with the ancient subterranean race of Ahtra. The story is so masterfully told that we can clearly visualize and comprehend the complex alien culture, and understand their motivations in dealing with the problematic stranger in their midst.
While the story underground is evolving, life on the surface of Null is changing rapidly and catastrophically for the remaining humans. The planet has its own bioligical imperitives at work, and human life is not a high priority.
In spite of the dark events that drive this story or, perhaps, because of them, the resolution of this gripping tale is uplifting and hopeful. A fitting conclusion to a wonderful adventure.
I highly recommend Tropic Of Creation, and I anxiously await the next fine work by Kay Kenyon.
The story is set during an armistice between the human and alien races. The humans have been beat by the older and more technologically advanced aliens and had to back off a strategic resource, surrendering all the trading rights. A transport ship is sent to rescue the survivors of a battleship marooned for three years on a desert world due to the system failures. During the investigation of the battleship's condition a number of alien machines are discovered, which eventually leads to the new contact, understanding and collaboration between the two races.
The elaborate beginning that sets up the world of the story may seem a bit slow to an impatient reader, but once the stage is set it explodes. At times the book resembles a horror story, one of the best I've read at that. But it's not gore for the sake of itself, everything is tied to the main plot and builds it from the solid foundation up. But not to a single climax, for the story is so complex and multipathed, as well as fast paced, that the excitment stays high throughout and the climaxes are many.Read more ›
The politics of the ahtra society are presented in an intriguing manner and are central to the plot. There is a lot going on and by the end it all ties together very well. The characters are sympathetic and Kenyon writes in a very concise style, conveying a lot of action, description or meaning in a short paragraph or two.
This is the 2nd work of Kenyon's that I've had the pleasure to read ("Maximun Ice" being the first) and I look forward to my next.
Most recent customer reviews
If you can accept a jungle full of monsters replacing a desert at the start of the rainy season, this may be the book for you. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by Harvey A. Lewis
Though I agree that this book was a bit slow in spots, in general it was inovative and worth the read. There were some original ideas and plenty of nice prose.Published on Oct. 11 2001
This is a pretty good book. The science is very thorough. The prose itself is a little long and involved. The ending is a lot bland.Published on Sept. 9 2001 by Kevin Mccarthy
This is a very well crafted book that deals with complex issues in a very competent way. I enjoyed the way the characters face almost hopeless situations and cope in different... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001
I loved this book. It had many of my favorite SF elements: humans meet alien race and encounter completely different worldview, customs, social structure, politics, sports, etc. Read morePublished on April 26 2001 by Brian E. Primeau
As a long time sci-fi reader, most plots and situations these days are not too hard to figure out. That is until I read this book. Ms. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2001 by Brad Davis