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Tooth and Talon

Tooth and Talon

by Alex Hernandez

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Overview

Humanity and creatures on an exoplanet are bound by tragedy.

After parking the FTL transport ship HS Hurricane in orbit around the only habitable planet in Beta Hydri, pilot Oya Valette volunteers to be the crew's ambassador, and agrees to contact the inhabitants on the surface below.

In the name of the Hominocracy, she will speak to the leaders of three existing settlements, secure their permission to establish a new colony of humans, and report back to the captain.
But she discovers the settlements were established 20 years earlier by the descendants of the Luna colonists. Colonists who had genetically modified their own DNA for the purpose of recreational flight, and whose descendants escaped humanities' 'culling of the flocks.'

As hatred, mistrust, and rage develop, the crew and the planet's inhabitants realize that they must come to terms with their own prejudices, reconciling past misdeeds, and cooperating with each other before their own 'culling' leads to annihilation and extinction!

Their survival might foreshadow a future for us all!
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Embracing the aspects of inclusivity, society, and human emotion on an alien world, Tooth and Talon explores what it means to be human and stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of Latino and Latina science fiction.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940158980626
Publisher: EDGE-Lite
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
File size: 970 KB

About the Author

Alex Hernandez is a Cuban American science fiction writer based in South Florida, and the first of his family to be born in the U.S. He is a library director at Miami Dade College.

For the most part he is a solitary writer, but his work represents as part of the Latinofuturist movement, which includes visions and presentations of space futures. (1)

Hernandez’ most influential experience with (written) science fiction was when he discovered Isaac Asimov’s short stories and immediately connected with the author’s immigrant story. Perhaps because of that, the themes of migration, colonization and posthumanism permeate his work, which usually blend the subgenres of space opera and biopunk. His stories have previously been published by Bean Books, The Colored Lens, Interstellar Fiction and others.

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(1) The future of human travel and engagement with space is usually portrayed in science fiction as a predominantly all-white endeavor. The alternatives to an all-white conquering, space faring society exist, but the views of those coming from those underrepresented, non-white communities are rarely if ever discussed or considered in the public eye.

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