Starborn & godsons

Larry Niven

Book - 2020

"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..."--Provided by publisher.

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Science fiction
Riverdale, NY : Baen [2020]
Main Author
Larry Niven (author)
Other Authors
Jerry Pournelle, 1933-2017 (author), Steven Barnes, 1952-
Physical Description
xviii, 385 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by 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.

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Review by 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.)

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