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In 1999, fans of Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth universe (which encompasses nearly two dozen novels) were treated to the first book in a subseries that examined the prehistory of the great human-thranx alliance.
In Phylogenesis, the first book in the Founding of the Commonwealth trilogy, Foster traveled back to the days just after first contact, when both species are trying to forge a relationship and get past their ingrained repulsion of one another. Although the thranx are a highly intelligent species, they look exactly like oversize insects. The story centered on the relationship between a thranx and a small-time human criminal. Both were outcasts on Earth, and while on the run together, they forged an unlikely friendship. The second book, Dirge, chronicled humanity's first contact with a race called the Pitar. The human-thranx relationship was all but forgotten when the beautiful Pitar showed up. Then hundreds of thousands of people were viciously slaughtered on a remote planet, and humankind wanted vengeance. But when the truth was uncovered, no one wanted to believe it.
In Diuturnity's Dawn, the human-thranx relationship is at a pivotal stage. To celebrate the relationship between races, an intercultural fair is planned on the planet Dawn, the first wholly cross-species event. But there are terrorist groups on both sides that will stop at nothing to make sure that human and thranx stay separated. The fair is the perfect place to make a statement. And on the remote planet of Comagrave, an archaeology group that includes humans, thranx, and a reptilian AAnn discovers remnants of an advanced humanoid race. Disaster follows…
I love Alan Dean Foster. I love his Commonwealth series. I loved this novel. Vintage ADF. (Paul Goat Allen)