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Starborn & Godsons
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9781982124489
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xviii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Avalon was thriving. The cold sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, livable world. The fast and cunning predators humans named "grendels" were under control, and the mainland outposts well established. Avalon's new mainland hydroelectric power station was nearly complete, and when on-line would compensate for the nuclear power systems lost in the Grendel Wars. Humans would have power, and with power came the ability to make all the necessities for life. They would survive. They would not survive as a spacefaring people. What they were losing faster than they knew was the ability to get to space. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving out there in the stars, decelerating at a rate impossible for a natural object. And its destination was Avalon. The most probable origin was Earth's Solar System. This is a novel of first contact-between the human Starborn and the self-named Godsons who followed on, between the first generation of Avalon born humans and their descendants, and between humans and the almost ineffably alien species native to their new world. --
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THE LONG-AWAITED CONCLUSION OF THE HEOROT SERIES FROM GENRE LEGENDS LARRY NIVEN, JERRY POURNELLE, AND STEVEN BARNES

Avalon was thriving. The cold sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, livable world. The fast and cunning predators humans named "grendels" were under control, and the mainland outposts well established. Avalon''s new mainland hydroelectric power station was nearly complete, and when on-line would compensate for the nuclear power systems lost in the Grendel Wars. Humans would have power, and with power came the ability to make all the necessities for life. They would survive.

They would not survive as a spacefaring people.

What they were losing faster than they knew was the ability to get to space. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving out there in the stars, decelerating at a rate impossible for a natural object. And its destination was Avalon. The most probable origin was Earth''s Solar System.

This is a novel of first contact--between the human Starborn and the self-named Godsons who followed on, between the first generation of Avalon born humans and their descendants, and between humans and the almost ineffably alien species native to their new world....

About Starborn & Godsons :
". . . this work thoughtfully builds on the vision of the future . . . to the thrilling climax. This excellent series finale sticks the landing."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

". . . gritty, realisting, and exciting storytelling from authors who matched Michael Crichton back in the day for page-turning suspense."-- Booklist (starred review)

". . . a classic Pournelle story. Each group, Earthborn, Starborn, and Godsons have secrets they are keeping from the others, sometime deliberately, at other times inadvertently. Each group is blinded to some extent, by their biases and beliefs. Each has something the other groups need, but does not realize it. . . . a tale of the strengths and weaknesses of human societies."-- Galveston County Daily News

About prequel The Legacy of Heorot:
"Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization and convincing setting . . . may be the best thing any of those authors has written."-- The Denver Post

"Outstanding! ...The best ever, by the best in the field . . . the ultimate combination of imagination and realism."--Tom Clancy

"Well written, action-packed, and tension filled ... makes Aliens look like a Disney nature film."-- The Washington Post

"Spine-tingling ecological tale of terror."-- Locus

About prequel Beowulf''s Children :

"Few writers have a finer pedigree than those here . . . As one might suspect, Beowulf''s Children is seamless . . . absorbing, substantial . . . masterful novel."-- Los Angeles Times

"Panoramic SF adventure at its best."-- Library Journal

About Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle:

"Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read."--Robert A. Heinlein on The Mote in God''s Eye

About Larry Niven:

"Larry Niven''s Ringworld remains one of the all-time classic travelogues of science fiction -- a new and amazing world and fantastic companions."--Greg Bear

"Our premier hard SF writer."-- The Baltimore Sun

"The scope of Larry Niven''s work is so vast that only a writer of supreme talent could disguise the fact as well as he can."--Tom Clancy

"Niven is a true master."--Frederik Pohl

About Jerry Pournelle:

"Jerry Pournelle is one of science fiction''s greatest storytellers."--Poul Anderson

"Jerry Pournelle''s trademark is first-rate action against well-realized backgrounds of hard science and hardball politics."--David Drake

"Rousing. . . . The Best of the Genre"-- The New York Times

"On the cover . . . is the claim ''No. 1 Adventure Novel of the Year.'' And well it might be."-- Milwaukee Journal on Janissaries

About Steven Barnes:

"Brilliant, surprising, and devastating."--David Mack

"Sharp, observant and scary."--Greg Bear

"Profound and exhilarating."--Maurice Broaddus, author of The Knights of Breton Court

"Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real people, conceived with insight and portrayed with compassion and rare skill?and then he stokes the suspense up to levels that will make the reader miss sleep and be late for work."--Tim Powers

"[Barnes] combines imagination, anthropology and beautiful storytelling as he takes readers to the foot of the Great Mountain, today known as Mount Kilimanjaro."-- Durham Triangle Tribune on Great Sky Woman


Author Notes

Larry Niven received his B.A. in mathematics in 1962. His first novel, World of Ptavvs (1966), was a success and launched his career. Niven has won five Hugos and one Nebula award, testimony that his colleagues in the science fiction world respect his work. Perhaps Niven's most well-known creation is Ringworld, a distant planet that may be taken as a metaphor for Earth, as it was once great but has since fallen into decay.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of the hard sci-fi Heorot series from Niven, Barnes, and the late Pournelle (1933--2017) are likely to feel that the 25-year wait for this final installment (after Beowolf's Children) was worth it. Mostly complete by the time of Pournelle's death, this work thoughtfully builds on the vision of the future painted by prior volumes. The human colony on the extrasolar planet Avalon has achieved stability despite threats posed by the planet's voracious reptilian monsters, who have decimated their numbers and destroyed essential tech. As the colony's leaders work to repair and maintain their machinery, including shuttlecraft that enable them to leave the planet's surface, they face two new challenges: the discovery of another intelligent life form, called cthulhus, whose intentions are unclear, and the arrival of a spaceship captained by Godsons, humans belonging to a group who had been excluded from the expedition that led to the creation of the Avalon colony. Unlike the expedition members and their descendants, whose goal was to create a peaceful society free from want and crime, the Godsons believed that humanity's destiny was to conquer the universe. The ideological differences inevitably lead to clashes as tension between the humans mounts en route to the thrilling climax. This excellent series finale sticks the landing. (Apr.)


Booklist Review

Twenty-four years after Beowulf's Children (1995), a sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (1987), Starborn & Godsons, picks up the story of a colony orbiting Tau Ceti IV that is beginning to feel the effects of its technology breaking down over the past 40 years. Due to a series of horrendous encounters with the dangerous native grendels that destroyed irreplaceable power sources and replicators, the colonists struggle with the knowledge that they will never be able to progress according to their original plan. The Godsons, who have diverted from their own colonization mission, arrive with the promise of helping the colony get back to a much faster rate of growth. Unfortunate misunderstandings threaten to undermine their burgeoning trust. Furthermore, the natives of Avalon, in addition to the ferocious grendels, have their own roles to play. This is gritty, realistic, and exciting storytelling from authors who matched Michael Crichton back in the day for page-turning suspense. Included are forewords by surviving authors Niven and Barnes honoring Jerry Pournelle, who passed away in 2017 during the writing of this novel.