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The long-awaited conclusion of the Heorot series from genre legends Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes

Avalon was thriving. The cold sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, livable world. The fast and cunning predators humans named “grendels” were under control, and the mainland outposts well established. Avalon’s new mainland hydroelectric power station was nearly complete, and when on-line would compensate for the nuclear power systems lost in the Grendel Wars. Humans would have power, and with power came the ability to make all the necessities for life. They would survive. 

They would not survive as a spacefaring people. 

What they were losing faster than they knew was the ability to get to space. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving out there in the stars, decelerating at a rate impossible for a natural object. And its destination was Avalon. The most probable origin was Earth’s solar system. 

This is a novel of first contact - between the human Starborn and the self-named Godsons who followed on, between the first generation of Avalon-born humans and their descendants, and between humans and the almost ineffably alien species native to their new world....

©2020 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes. Introduction © 2020 by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Ben
  • 20-05-2021

Bitter sweet

It’s always a poignant thing to read somebody’s swansong. This then, the final canonical instalment in the Avalon universe, can be forgiven for the shortcomings that make it the weakest of the four. Despite The relative inconsistency in pacing and character development, and the somewhat strained plausibility of the interactions between those characters, this was the conclusion to the series that it had to have, a series I first discovered in 1993 when I first read Legacy of Heorot. I still enjoyed this greatly, and found generation to be of a particularly high standard.

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Struggled to pause and attend to real life.

I heartily recommend the entire series, but I felt the most satisfaction with this book.

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  • Patrick Park
  • 29-07-2020

What's not to like if you like real SciFi

I have read most of the novels written by these guys and they are all genuine, thought provoking, beautifully crafted true Science Fiction. What a relief that there are still folks that write Science Fiction and not that fantasy tripe. I like some fantasy but why does it always get grouped with Science Fiction; I guess the grouping is done by folks that have not read science fiction. This is another great example of true Science Fiction.

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  • arthur lothman
  • 17-04-2020

excellent

excellent read, my only problem is that the narrator tended to talk a little too quickly and was just short of tripping over his own word.

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  • Myke McCormick
  • 24-05-2021

Niven & Pourrnelle never disappoint

The addition of Steven Barnes is so seamless it took three chapters before I could distinguish his out of the three voices. something I always loved with Niven & Pournelle you never new who was singing harmony and who was carrying the tune.
I hope Steven Barnes and Grand Master Niven collaborate again or at the least Mr Barnes continue writing known universe stories.

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  • RLW
  • 18-04-2021

A good wrap up

I enjoyed the story and narration. if you enjoyed the first (and even if you skipped the second) you'll probably like this. there were a couple of kumbaya moments but it wasn't bad.

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  • Craig
  • 01-01-2021

Great story befitting Niven, Pournelle, Barnes

Third in the trilogy. Follows the storyline with a few edits. Excellent if you enjoy the author’s collaborative work. Very good character development, plenty of action consistent with the story.

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  • Grant
  • 20-09-2020

good tribute to a sci fi master

really puts good use to all the world building that when in to the original stories

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  • Austin S.
  • 05-09-2020

Great closure

Really enjoyed this. Great way to end the series. It's a shame there won't be more.

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  • Walter W. Chu
  • 29-07-2020

When I read the first book

When I first read book one years ago I was impressed. Then again, there are a bunch of books by these guys I love. I’m sadden to understand that this will be the last in the series as it seems to be the gateway to another set of books.

Excellent story and it works into the entire mythos of Avalon.

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  • Andy
  • 07-05-2020

truly a fine ending to a great series

from the very beginning this book started out strong all in its own but when it meshed in with the existing stories before it it became a full circle series. I only hope the Larry Niven will do the same thing for the interval trees series.

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