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Two members of an alien species are faced with a desperate and dangerous struggle for survival on a strange planet called Earth, in a new science fiction novel by the author of Virtual Girl. Original.
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Alien-contact yarn from the author of the paperback The Color of Distance, etc. The biology-whiz, rain-forestdwelling alien Tendu helped Interstellar Survey's Juna Saari to survive when alien spores poisoned her. The Tendu communicate by forming characters on their skin, live as long as they wish, and connect together in profound physical/mental links. Now, Juna adopts a young Tendu, Moki, and brings him to Earth along with an elder, Ukatonen, whose task is to determine whether his nontechnological people can survive contact with humanity. On the long voyage to Earth, the Tendu modify their throats to use human speech, but when they arrive, Interstellar Survey makes the politically motivated claim that the Tendu pose a biohazard and quarantines the ship. Eventually, Juna breaks the political logjam, freeing the group to visit the space habitat where her extended family live. Ukatonen heals Junas crippled brother. Then she discovers she's pregnant (the Tendu healers removed her contraceptive implant), but this is illegal on overpopulated, ecologically devastated Earth. The judge, however, rules that Juna can keep her baby. Linking with each other and with humans, the Tendu heal the sick and help restore Earth's damaged rain forests. After baby Mariam is born, a terrorist leader kidnaps Ukatonen, Moki, and Juna. The Tendu use their extraordinary abilities to escape, capture the terrorist, and link with him to obtain the information they need to smash his organization. But still Ukatonen can find no answer to his dilemma. Well thought-out but staid and familiar, lacking hard edges. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
In Thomson's The Color of Distance (1995), Dr. Juna Saari was accidentally abandoned on the planet Tiangi. Despite life-threatening allergic reactions to that world's life-forms, she managed to survive thanks to the biological wizardry of the Tendu, Tiangi's intelligent native species, who radically altered her body to thrive in their environment. Now, returned to human form, Juna comes back to Earth accompanied by two Tendu. They must learnAaboard ship, while visiting a series of Earth orbital habitats, and then on EarthAto adapt to a human environment, but it isn't clear whether humanity will accept them in return. Despite the great biological gifts the Tendu can offer an environmentally distressed Earth, many humans find the aliens frightening. Escorting the Tendu through Earth society, Juna finds her life spun upside down when she discovers that she is accidentally pregnant, an illegal act on an Earth struggling to overcome critical overpopulation. Much of the novel's tension stems from attempts to force Juna either to abort or to give up her babyAattempts stemming, in part, from the father's refusal to allow his child to be raised with aliens. Thomson is an excellent prose stylist with an obvious love for the kind of wild country that is the Tendu's preferred habitat. Her major characters are well developed, though her secondary characters, particularly the good guys, are not properly differentiated. Overall, this is an amiable, unusually thoughtful novel of first contact that should boost Thomson's growing reputation. (July)
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