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In the early years of the twenty-first century, Earth teetered on the brink of ecological destruction. Then the alien Hefn came, determined to save the dying Earth -- and to the Hefn, the ends always justified the means. Humans were given nine years to correct their mistakes -- alone, with no recourse to the Hefn's advanced technology. If by then the Earth's ecology had not stabilized, the Hefn would solve the problem for good . . . by eliminating humans entirely.
But slowly, against their will, some of the Hefn became deeply involved with their human counterparts. And to the handful of people who came to know them, the Hefn made a great difference: as mentors, researchers, rulers . . . and saviors. But could those few friendships sway the Hefn to help save a despoiled planet -- and the human race?
"A considerable achievement." -- The New York Times Book Review
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A race of gnomish aliens (known as "Hefn") intervenes in Earth's affairs and institutes a series of radical measures to save the planet, inspiring mixed feelings in the hearts of those whose lives they most closely touch. Crafted from a series of short stories previously published in magazines (including new material to link the stories), this novel by the author of Pennterra ( LJ 9/15/87) confronts sensitive issues with maturity and gentle humor. Recommended.
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Book Description Del Rey, 1992. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Seller Inventory # BK0107059
Book Description Del Rey, 1992. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0345375009
Book Description Del Rey, 1992. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110345375009