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Naudsonce

H. Beam Piper

Book Overview: 

The joint Space Navy-Colonial Office expedition was looking for new planets suitable for colonization; they had been out, now, for four years, which was close to maximum for an exploring expedition. They had entered eleven systems, and made landings on eight planets. Three had been reasonably close to Terra-type but were all disqualified by terrible animals or warlike inhabitants. Now, finally here was an ideal world; their last chance before returning in disgrace. Now the only thing was to get an agreement from the local king or whatever to the colonization. Easy, right?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .east four different species were crowded, cattle that had been herded up from the meadows at the first alarm. The open circle in the middle of the village was crowded, and more natives lined the low palisade along the edge of the mound.

"Well, we're going to stay here till we learn the language," Meillard was saying. "This is the best place for it. It's completely isolated, forests on both sides, and seventy miles to the nearest other village. If we're careful, we can stay here as long as we want to and nobody'll find out about us. Then, after we can talk with these people, we'll go to the big town."

The big town was two hundred and fifty miles down the valley, at the forks of the main river, a veritable metropolis of almost three thousand people. That was where the treaty would have to be negotiated.


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Community Reviews

... an attempt to communicate with an alien race...more

Like Omnilingual, dramatic revelation of an intriguing sci fi idea. A little more plot- Mom and Sonny were fun.

The jump from "they communicate with tactile sensations" to "they are more sensual than rational" is plausible, and a fascinating elaboration of a neat idea. But it's not necessary, and...more

So cleverly conceived, a peculiar and beautiful world.
I guess I have found my poison. It is the SciFi genre, the short stories. Doesn't matter if the plot falls apart into absurdity or nothingness. The alternative or the seemingly absurd is so amazing.

Some pretty good old school hard SF. Definitely an acquired taste, but if you have the proper tastebuds, this one will knock your socks off.

An interesting book looking at potential complications when having first contact with an alien race.

This is a short story about the ever expanding Terro-Human Federation which makes first contact with the indigenous peoples of a new world, but for some reason the standard contact methods don't seem to be working. It is a compelling look at 'strange otherness' that pulls the reader into solving...more