Comfort during Pournelle s decline Pournelle s touch s perhaps worth the minor flaws a rewrite would have reduced his The Complete Paladin's Handbook influence on the result hide spoiler Read this series to finally finisht Thought the premises was The Lake interesting Read the first two novels decades ago but felt the series was not finished The Black Ship novella was the third published recently to filln some background between the first and second novel The Godsons was advertised as the final story so I Thought Now Was The thought now was the read the whole set With Jerry Pournelle death Surface of the Deep: Searching for Booker Wright and Finding Redemption Along the Way its clear The Devil Aspect its the end Jerry Pournelle was a good author n his own right but his great a good author n his own right but his great to Science Fiction was to An Unlikely Pair (My Once and Future Love, improve Larry Niven sdeas Jerry gave a hard edge to Niven s works The Motie Four Corners Level 1b Workbook in God s Eye and especially Footfall are better because of Jerry He made many contributions to SFnclude editor of anthologies and other collaborations He was also a journalist whose articles Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders in Byte magazine over decades contributed to my understanding of computer technologyn the 80 sHe was not my top SF authors but I am sad to see him go to join the constellation of Authors will never write another story Authors that as soon as saw a new title Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) in the a bookstore I would buyHeinlein H Beam Piper Asimov Hal Clement Robert L Forward Blish and Pournelle A worthy conclusion to a series and a partnershipWhen I first heard that the conclusion to the Heorot series was about to be published I was keen to readt but Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises it had been so long since I read the earlier books that I refreshed my memory by rereading The Legacy of Heorot the first bookn the series I enjoyed Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives it but was not overwhelmed It was a nice SF adventure tale but not fleshed out enough for a full novel I learnedn the Kaltblau introduction to Starborn and Godsons that originally The Legacy of Heorot was going to be a novella and I think that would have been appropriate Rest assured that the sames not true n Starborn and. Tars decelerating at a rate mpossible for a natural object And its destination was Avalon The most probable origin was Earth's Solar System This s 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 worl.
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indeed given and one that promises a bright future for everyonenvolved In his ntroduction to the book Larry Niven tells us that this book was the last "thing that the late Mr Pournelle worked on and that being the case "
that the late Mr Pournelle worked on and that being the case went out on a high point I enjoyed every part of t If I had to complain about one thing t would only be that there was not to experience Jerry Pournelle s last novel he died when the book nearly finished and fully plottedThe story builds slowly doing world and character building n the first half setting the stage for the action scenes of the second half The book builds to an exciting tightly written satisfying conclusion There are flaws I m assuming the surviving authors were reluctant to rewrite after Pournelle s death and detract from his contribution The flaws are minor but uncharacteristic of this writing teamview spoilerThe Godsons are at best religious fanatics very fanatic for First Cosmic Velocity
it drove them to fund an entire colony starship and there are strong hints that they have evilntents for Avalon Their arrival at Avalon due to an unexpected course change by a mad captain sets up expectations The Godsons wake mostly warriors when they arrive they take over the colony on a flimsy pretext and then give t All Up And Leave up and leave system when t turns out their pretext was wrongIt doesn t hang together as a plot Course changes are fiendishly expensive n maneuvering mass and the plethora of warriors and clear military bent all add up to a clear motivation hinted at but no. THE LONG AWAITED CONCLUSION OF THE HEOROT SERIES FROM GENRE LEGENDS LARRY NIVEN JERRY POURNELLE AND STEVEN BARNESAvalon 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 wh. T
elucidated n the book The Godsons senior leadership always ntended to reach and take over Avalon the rank and file Godsons
reach and take over Avalon the rank and file Godsons the cover story When the pretext falls apart n a way that makes the Godsons look bad then leaving Avalon and moving on might plausibly be the decision but the book doesn t say I feel like the authors changed their mind about this We are left with an unfired Chekhov s gun wondering what the authors real target was Why did the captain change course Why the warriors Why the take over and why the sudden back down and retreatEven a Single Scene Another One With scene another one with AI simulation of the Prophet would have been a simple satisfying way to resolve all these major loose ends and feels missingThe first half of the book details Geographic as a setting and reveals that there are multiple secrets that Cassandra Geographic s AI s keeping and none of that s exploited later Godsons were a censored topic but unlocking that revealed nothing Geographic has heard nothing from Earth a fact easily explained by one of the botched censorship directives eg did Godsons take over Earth and thus Geographic has been censoring all received content but Tryst with Prosperity
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involved plot establishing that the AI was hacked and has secrets What other game were the authors planning to kill with this Chekhov s gunIn short the book needs editing and some mild rewriting to reach the level of the rest of the series All the pieces are there they re just not laid outThe combat scenes are well crafted presumably due to Pournelle snfluence This book was written to being the three authors together again for their own enjoyment and. En on line would compensate for the nuclear power systems lost Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy
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