Legacy of Heorot

Larry Niven, Author, Jerry Pournelle, Author, Jerry Pournelle, With
Larry Niven, Author, Jerry Pournelle, Author, Jerry Pournelle, With Simon & Schuster $17.45 (368p) ISBN 978-0-671-64094-1
Reviewed on: 06/26/1987
Release date: 07/01/1987
Barnes has joined the co-authors of Footfall to produce an entertaining if uncomplicated SF version of Beowulfwith a Grendel courtesy of the Alien movies. The colonists from Earth have spent a century in cold sleep to make the first journey, one way, to settle a planet in another solar system. Avalon seems perfect, a verdant, livable world still in its prehistoric age. The biologists and engineers who busy themselves planting and building scoff at the warnings of professional soldier Cadmann Weylanduntil a large, unnaturally fast and cunning predator begins stalking the colony. Learning how to kill the beast is only the first step, for they must then reevaluate their entire understanding of Avalon's ecology. The novel is best in its sympathetic treatment of the once formidable scientists who wake from cold sleep with impaired mental powers. Paperback rights to Pocket Books. (July 1)
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