Homeby Richard Sutton
A thought-provoking story in a scifi setting. Forty-two teachers, scientists, engineers and their children, have just completed a twelve year deep-space journey to escape the war and drought ravaged Earth. A carefully selected band of hardened survivors, they are to be colonists on the planet Nakis. Lying at the edge of the galaxy, it's a new world that they hope will
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I don't get to read a huge amount of fiction any more, which is why it is particularly enjoyable when I do. At the moment I'm drifting back towards science fiction, which I had abandoned for quite a while, and had an enjoyable weekend with Richard Sutton's Home. I thought to start with this was going to be a typical 'stranded in space/revert to savages' type novel, but in fact Home is much more about what it is to be human, and what it would be like to be dependent on a largely superior race. As someone brought up on Star Trek, I thought Sutton's humanoid and interbreeding aliens were very reminiscent of the Star Trek humanoid universe, complete with its explanation of early shared origins - and I don't say this as a bad thing. Home is a gentle, enjoyable read. If anything it could have done with a bit more menace, but because a lot of it is about inner exploration (I was slightly reminded of Heinlein's early inward looking phase, before he got too self-indulgent), this isn't a problem. Without giving too much away, there was one puzzling development when a major character is killed off for no obvious reason, and I question the aspect where the humans discover they have something to offer after all, when their hosts are found to have a great appreciation for a human skill that they never developed themselves - I think if they had such appreciation, they would have accidentally discovered it long before. But these are nit-picking problems (it's a rule, my reviews always have to have a quick nit-pick) - and overall this was a very enjoyable book, that would appeal to anyone who likes thoughtful science fiction.