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SENTENCED TO PRISM
Author - Alan Dean Foster
A very unusual read this one.
It follows Evan Orgell as he is sent to investigate why an illegal outpost on a newly discovered world has failed to call in for the last month. Of course it being there illegally means Evan has to sneak onto the planet as quietly and unobtrusively as possible, this he does using some futuristic methods straight from the mind of Mr Foster.
Set in the far future in a universe of specialists, Evan specialises in being a 'Generalist' that is he is a jack of all trades but master of none.
He has an uncanny sense of getting the job done when all other methods have failed but this time, on this world, he has met his match.
The descriptions of this world are really some of the best sci fi I have ever read. The silicon based world, the silicon based flora and fauna is at times quite frightening as Evan has his job cut out just seeing three feet in front of himself.
Soon he discovers plots within plots and none of it good for the intelligent natives of this world. He soon has a terrible accident but the natives rebuild him and that's it he is on their side from that point on.
A wonderfully descriptive novel with more than its fair share of twists and turns. Horrible silicon creatures and great fight for your life battles. A well constructed plot which hung together well and progressed solidly throughout the entire novel. The dialog between characters was well thought out and believable, whilst the characters themselves where fleshed out and again believable.
Not read much of his novels before but will be giving them a go from now on.
SENTENCED TO PRISM
Author - Alan Dean Foster
Get ready for a roller coaster of a read.
Our Hero is Evan Orgell, he is a specialist generalist. Basically whilst most people specialise in their chosen field, Evan has an incredible talent for retaining virtually all he sees or experiences and so this makes him 'useful' to some employers. He is an expert at nothing and everything at the same time.
Set in the future, Bio chemical industries are becoming laws unto themselves and exploiting newly discovered planets has become a secretive art. To get in and get a 'foothold' before your competitors get wind is essential.
But this time something has gone wrong.
The secret base established on the planet Prism has gone silent. How to contact your people in secret without drawing attention to them and the planet?
Even Ograll is slyly Dropped planet side in an indestructible enclosure suit with all of the latest technology at his disposal, it won't be enough, it won't help him one iota on the surface of Prism.
Prism, a planet where the life forms are silicon based, where you cannot see into a forth visual dimension but creatures and plants can leap out at you. Where fungus can infect and melt you from the inside out, where plants can spit sulphuric acid at you and where Evan now finds himself half blinded by the dazzling light reflected off of all the silicon surfaces, where huge silicon trees tower over you and drop things on you which will eat or burn or poison you. Creatures as big as trucks and with huge buzz saw teeth chasing you for your body minerals. And trees that can fire lasers at you!
Evan wishes he was back home.
He will uncover murder, double crosses, weird and wonderful life, a beautiful survivor who is still human, just. And Prism will leave him changed for ever, literally.
That's a flavour of the book for you. It really is one of my all time favourite books. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I hope that comes across.
The writing is superb and the description of the planet, creatures, plant life and the discoveries revealed in this book are truly a Sci-Fi fans dream.
This book will not disappoint.
Some extra info on Alan dean Foster that might surprise you;
Alan dean foster was born in New York city in 1946 and was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of fine arts in cinema from ucla (1968, 1969) he spent two years as a copywriter for a small studio city, California.
His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Alans in 1968 and much to Alans surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine "the Arkham Collector". Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed.
His first attempt at a novel, the Tar-Aiym Krang, (has spawned a popular series of Pip and Flinx adventure sequels, at the time of writing this, 14 Pip and Flinx novels.
Since then, Alans sometimes humorous and entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major sci-fi magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "best of the year" compendiums.
He is also the author of numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novelizations of several films, including Star Wars which he wrote under the name of "George Lucas", the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to becomes movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
His novel Cyber Way won the southwest book award for fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.
Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first star trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia.
Alan has travelled widely, visiting Asia, Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Zambesi and most of the Pacific. Whilst he has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia and now resides in Arazona.
Alan and his wife Joann Oxley currently live in a turn of the century miners brothel, along with dogs, cats and fish.
He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.
Books I would personally recommend are:- Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin and the Deluge Drivers (a trilogy). The Howling Stones, Drowning World, Founding the commonwealth Trilogy are Phylogenesis, Dirge and Diuritys Dawn.