The Legacy of Heorot

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Bestselling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in this thrilling tale of terror and adventure. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise—until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

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Overview

Bestselling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in this thrilling tale of terror and adventure. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise—until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Clancy
“Outstanding! … The best ever, by the best in the field … the ultimate combination of imagination and realism.”
- Tom Clancy, author of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and RED STORM RISING
The Denver Post
"Page-turning action and suspense, good characterization and convincing setting … may be the best thing any of those authors has written.”
The Washington Post
“THE LEGACY OF HEOROT is well written, action-packed and tension filled … makes ALIENS look like a Disney nature film."
Locus Magazine
“Spine-tingling ecological tale of terror… A story as relentless as the Great White Shark of JAWS.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470835521
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born April 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. Attended California Institute of Technology; flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines. Graduated Washburn University, Kansas, June 1962: BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Psychology, and later received an honorary doctorate in Letters from Washburn. Interests: Science fiction conventions, role playing games, AAAS meetings and other gatherings of people at the cutting edges of science. Comics. Filk singing. Yoga and other approaches to longevity. Moving mankind into space by any means, but particularly by making space endeavors attractive to commercial interests. Several times we’ve hosted The Citizens Advisory Council for a National Space Policy. I grew up with dogs. I live with a cat, and borrow dogs to hike with. I have passing acquaintance with raccoons and ferrets. Associating with nonhumans has certainly gained me insight into alien intelligences. www.larryniven.net

Jerry Pournelle is the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels, including INIFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER'S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. Dr. Pournelle has advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology. He has written columns on political and technology issues for decades, in addition to his career as a fiction writer. His columns for Byte magazine have been an internet staple for many years. The author has been involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he is active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration. www.jerrypournelle.com

Steven Barnes has published twenty-three novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. His television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate and Andromeda; his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award; and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD (a tale of Islamic Africans colonizing the Americas prior to Europe) won the 2003 Endeavor.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son Jason. www.lifewrite.com
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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Read this!

    I read this when it came out years ago. I have read it several more times since. Once of the best in my collection. You will not be wasting your time by reading it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Wow!

    One of my all-time favorites. I've owned it in hardback, paperback, and now added it to my Nook collection. A must have for true SciFi fans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Really excited to read another book by some of my favorite autho

    Really excited to read another book by some of my favorite authors, but I'm having trouble reading the Nook Book due to unreliable formatting. Anyone know why the text size seems to change at least once per paragraph?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Grade A Science Fiction

    I am a lover all things science fiction, and I can honestly say that this is by far one of the greatest novels 'science fiction or otherwise' that I have ever read. The book is fast-paced and to-the-point, which makes it almost impossible to put down once you start it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good science fiction read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    Review of The Legacy of Heorot

    The Legacy of Heorot by the author trio of Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes is an interesting novel of interstellar proportions. It takes place on Avalon, fourth planet in the Tau Ceti system. The differences between Avalon¿s and Earth¿s life forms cause a source of problems for the human colonists. The island the humans colonize on Avalon is inhabited by four native animal species. They are samlon, fishlike creatures; grendels, which are large speedy monsters named after Grendel from Beowulf; pterodactyls; and Joes, small mammal-like animals that live near the mountains. The humans bring turkeys, catfish, dogs, cattle, horses, and chickens. The planet Avalon is covered by mist most of the time and has two moons. The point of view is in third person omniscient. Avalon is slightly larger than Earth, and because it is further from its sun, it is cooler and has a longer year. Because the people were frozen and revived for the ten light-year journey to Avalon they lost some of their memory. The main conflict is between people and grendels. The main characters are Cadmann, Mary Anne, Sylvia, Terry, Carlos, Zack, and the grendels. Cadmann is the main protagonist. He advises the people to set up defenses, but the colonists think that Avalon is a paradise because there was nothing they found as a threat. The people do not know of the grendels until one sneaks into their colony and destroys it. The characters are round except for the grendels. In The Legacy of Heorot the main protagonist does not change. It is everybody else that changes. This is because the first conflict between Cadmann¿s idea of defenses and the people¿s apparent safety. When the first grendel starts attacking livestock, they blame Cadmann for it because they do not know about the grendels. Another conflict is between Terry and Cadmann. The main cause of this is because Cadmann and Sylvia, Terry¿s wife, like each other. When the grendels start appearing, they have to work together to eradicate them, and the people change their attitude towards Cadmann. The problem is they do not know where the grendels are from which leads to disaster¿a massive grendel invasion. The Legacy of Heorot is a novel that people who love science fiction would probably like. It is not recommended that young children read it because the people say and do things that they should not do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    over and over.

    This book was introduced to me by my dad. He loves science fiction and as a result, he's got me hooked. This is by far the best book I've ever read. I love the action and the imagination and the creativity. I've never read any other book as much as I read this one. Time and time again I can return to it's famaliar pages and indulge in it's splendor of story. My dad and I have stayed up countless hours and had so many conversations as to who would play the roles and what the scenes would cinsist of. Although, we have determined that we would have to be on the directing team in order for the representation of the story to be genuine. I highly recommend this book. You will love the appeal that it gives to bring you back again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    Aliens!!!

    It's been many years since I read this book in its Science Fiction Book Club edition. It's probably one of my favorite sf books. My review is very simple and very short, really. The first thoughts I had on the book as I read it are still with me all this while later: One night Niven, Pournelle and maybe Steven Barnes were together, drinking beers or barbequing, whatever, and they were probably thinking out loud what a bunch of sci-fi action bunkem was James Cameron's ALIENS. They probably got to joking around about how alien the Aliens probably would have been had Cameron asked them. It's a damn good book but this is also as much a review about Niven's, Pournelle's and Barnes' intentions as it is about the book. The trio are science fiction writers who probably had had enough of Hollywood's take on sci-fi action and decided to show the world what sf action looked like. A little arrogant, yes, but it pays off becuase it's a damn fine book, as is it's sequel, THE CHILDREN OF HEOROT, published, I believe, in England as THE DRAGONS OF HEOROT. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    You won't sleep for weeks!!!!

    100 pages into my first reading of 'The Legacy Of Heorot',I knew I would not be sleeping that night.This book is as much horror/monster story as it is scifi.Until reading this book I never thought I would cringe while reading.With today's special effects I cannot understand why there is no movie.

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