The Howling Stones (Humanx Commonwealth Series #6)

The Howling Stones (Humanx Commonwealth Series #6)

by Alan Dean Foster

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ISBN-13: 9780345406453
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/26/1997
Series: Humanx Commonwealth Series , #6
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,056,143
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946 and raised in Los Angeles, California. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of fine arts degree in motion pictures from UCLA in 1968-69, he worked for two years as a public relations copywriter in Studio City, California.

He sold his first short story to August Derleth at Arkham Collector magazine in 1968, and additional sales of short fiction to other magazines followed. His first try at a novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, was published by Ballantine Books in 1972. Since then, Foster has published many short stories, novels, and film novelizations, including the New York Times bestselling Splinter of the Mind's Eye and Flinx in Flux.

Foster has toured extensively around the world. Besides traveling, he enjoys classical and rock music, old films, basketball, body surfing, and weightlifting.  He has taught screenwriting, literature, and film history at UCLA and Los Angeles City College. He and his wife live in Arizona.

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So intense was the green-blue light that spilled from the interior of his backpack that he could barely stand to look at it. He could just make out the source of the light and heat: a single uneven mass where earlier there had been two. The individual stones must have melted into one when he fell.

His fingers hovered over the lambent mass. The heat was substantial, but not unbearable. How did one separate commingled stones? How did the Parramati stonemasters do it? He felt he had to at least try. Maybe a good, strong, old-fashioned tug on both ends simultaneously, he speculated. He pulled, twisting first in one direction and then in the other. As he worked his hands and wrists, he thought he felt something give within the mass.

The stone exploded.

No, he decided, aware that he had not lost consciousness. The glassy mass had not blown up. In fact, he and the conjoined stones were the only things that had not exploded.

It was the universe that had detonated.


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Howling Stones (Humanx Commonwealth Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 3 days ago
One of the Humanx Commonwealth stories that does not include Flinx or some of the other popular characters. A good story about the continuing struggle of the Commonwealth vs. the Aann. In this case, its a diplomatic mission to persuade a new planet to join the Commonwealth, but of course the Aann are interested also. Good stuff.
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