Pock's World

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Pock’s World, long settled by humankind, is accused of being infected by humanoid aliens. It has been quarantined and may have to be sterilized. Five people are chosen to go there and examine the evidence: saintly but ruthless Father Andre; Ratty Turnsole, a muckraking reporter ripe for romance; ambitious politician Athena Fimble; manipulative bureaucrat Millie Backet; and shady billionaire Linn Lazuline. Some of them carry grudges - all have their own agendas.  

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Pock’s World, long settled by humankind, is accused of being infected by humanoid aliens. It has been quarantined and may have to be sterilized. Five people are chosen to go there and examine the evidence: saintly but ruthless Father Andre; Ratty Turnsole, a muckraking reporter ripe for romance; ambitious politician Athena Fimble; manipulative bureaucrat Millie Backet; and shady billionaire Linn Lazuline. Some of them carry grudges - all have their own agendas.  

 

Pock’s World surprises them all. Nothing is what they expect. Quickly entangled in love, politics, religion, and deceit, they discover that the clock is already ticking and the fate of humanity itself is at stake.

 

Dave Duncan, originally from Scotland, has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than forty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. He has at times been Sarah B. Franklin (but only for literary purposes) and Ken Hood (which is short for "D'ye Ken Whodunit?"). His most successful works have been fantasy series: "The Seventh Sword", "A Man of His Word" and its sequel, "A Handful of Men", and six books about "The King's Blades"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894063470
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,375,759
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Dave Duncan is an award-winning author whose fantasy trilogy, "The Seventh Sword", is considered a sword-and- sorcery classic. His numerous novels include three Tales of the King's Blades — "The Gilded Chain", "Lord of the Fire Lands", and "Sky of Swords"; "Paragon Lost", a previous Chronicle of the King's Blades; "Strings", "Hero"; the popular tetralogies "A Man of His Word" and "A Handful of Men"; and the remarkable, critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy "The Great Game".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Interesting Read

    This book was definitely worth my time. A bit heavy at times, but always engaging.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Well-done piece of storytelling

    This science fiction adventure story is set on a planet facing a dire future. As usual, nothing is as it appears.

    Pock's World, long settled by humans, has been infected by humanoid aliens. STARS, the consortium that "runs" the star sector, takes this very seriously. Pock's has been quarantined, and may have to be sterilized, which would mean the murder of over 650 million inhabitants. In the past, STARS has done this to other planets.

    A group of people are sent to Pock's to examine the evidence. Father Andre has a wide ruthless streak, and visited Pock's a long time in the past. Ratty Turnsole is a muckraking reoprter. Millie Backet is a bureaucrat who, somehow, manages to turn this into the Backet Commission. Athena Fimble is an ambitious politician, and sleazy tycoon Linn Lazuline has a physical relationship going with Fimble. Of course, they all have their own agendas.

    Finally reaching Pock's, a place with a barely tolerable climate, the group meets the humanoid alien prisoner. He has been tortured by the guards, but is able to handle pain better than humans. He also claims to be able to impregante men and women pretty easily. Coming from a planet in another sector, if he should be killed, there are millions more where he came from. Think "the next stage in human evolution." Turnsole falls for, and becomes the consort of, Joy, one of the four human incarnations of Mother, the planet's goddess. It seems like it might be pretty easy to build a religion involving a gas giant planet that takes up one-sixth of your sky every day.

    The group is stunned to learn that STARS has intentionally disabled an orbiting probe and sent it into a decaying orbit. It will hit and destroy Pock's in four days, and was disabled before the group ever reached Pock's World. It is a geologically unstable world, with earthquakes and volcanoes everywhere. The probe doesn't have to actually destroy the planet; all it has to do is punch a big enough hole in the crust, and the planet's geological instability will do the rest. Another of Mother's human incarnations assures the people that nothing is going to happen. Do all of the members of the group leave Pock's World in time? Do all of them even want to leave?

    This is a strong, well-done piece of storytelling. Duncan, a prolific writer, does a very good job with the characters and the society-building.

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