BOOK READ Sentenced to Prism AUTHOR Alan Dean Foster – xermadeenfotos.org
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Tion from human thinking to embracing another culture This is no Dances with Wolves or say Toy Story It is instead a contrived novel that is oddly a pleasure to read There is no prison or jail in this book The title is a pun I love bad puns so this book had me onside from page oneIn this novel Alan Dean Foster is entering horror territory It s not like he doesn t know the terrain he did write the first three Alien novelisations after all What makes this science fictionhorror novel niue in my reading experience anyway is that it manages to be scary at the other end of the visible spectrumWhat Contemporary Plays by African American Women unifies virtually all horror stories That s right the dark It affectss on a visceral level what is lurking in the shadows just outside of our ability to see it Fear of the dark is fear of the nknown and there s very little that s scary than thatIn this novel however the action takes place on a planet called Prism where the majority of life both plant and animal is silicon based In case you didn t know all life on Earth is carbon based as far as I m aware I m not a molecular biologist Due to this most of the life and terrain on Prism is crystalline in nature the refractions and reflections making virtually every surface almost blinding to the human eye and than a little surrealThe story isn t as original as the setting a human research base has been established on Prism but we ve now lost all contact with them and an investigativerescue mission has been mounted but it s still a joy to lose oneself in this niue world It s a bit like Alice s Adventures In Wonderland crossed with Aliens but the main protagonist isn t Alice or Ripley It s Carter Burke YupMy only real criticism of the book is that there is a long section of the book where the main protagonist is view spoilersearching for a survivor in which our hero seems to lack any sense of rgency At one point he even decides to have a nap for an hour I would have thought he d have been in a bit of a hurry nder the circumstances but maybe that s just me hide spoiler Oh Alan Dean Foster you re so entertainingly daffyI first read this as a teen who was a huge fan of Foster s Flinx books and only now as an adult can I see and appreciate the pulpy tradition of adventure sf that Foster works worked within The protagonist is a Space Yuppie brought to estion his company s society s values through environmental trials and the intervention of friendly Space Muppets and the story is a stock adventure yarn that would have seemed completely familiar to any reader of Astounding or Galaxy in the 1950s I had forgotten however how fond I am of Foster s galactic Commonwealth which is basically Space Postcolonial British Commonwealth and its Unified Church Space Anglicans Space Episcopalians at their most ecumenical and fussily bureaucratic and while I wouldn t exactly call this hard sf the description of fractal surfaces as being invisible to human eyes because they fall between the second and third dimensions is especially head scratching for even mildly mathematically inclined readers there are enough fillips of charming otherworldly xenobiological detail to raise it above the sual Del Rey standards for the era I m only writing a review to complain about one thing This book tries to hook the reader in by starting in the middle of a crisis and then going into a flashback One problem the book never catches p to itself The scene on the cover is the one I m referring to The main character has fallen and he can t get p But as the story progresses the suit he s in is disabled and destroyed rendering the opening scene impossible It seems odd that the editor didn t catch that one When you read books from ADF you can visualize the world he has so carefully described to you Makes you feel that he has been there and invited you to look through a photo album I can t get enough of his book. Evan Orgell a self confident problem solver to investigate He was smart he was good He was backed p by the Commonwealth' s best euipment What could possibly go wro.
Perfect book for me I love engineeringtech heroes for obvious reason I m an engineer IRL I ve read this book multiple times The creatures and ecosystem of Prism are brilliant and intriguingI love the silicon based life forms and their approach to function If only modifying our own bodies was that simple Also Foster s handling of the main character s neurosis and conditioning was really well done The main characters reactions to things were very plausible especially transition from the phase 1 of his life to phase 2 Although towards the end I d expect the main character to be a little believingI ve read this at least 4 times over the years and I know I ll read it again It s one of my treasures When I first read this book a dozen years ago my favorite thing and lasting impression was Prism itself a planet with life forms based on silicon instead of carbon It took me years to find the book again based on such scant information but thanks to the internet and a blogger who cataloged his favorite sci fi novels I was able to read it again While that was certainly a nostalgic trip I feel like it stood p well to my now adult expectations It s no wonder the silicon based world stuck so well in my young teen aged brain the world is incredibly well developed and described and sounds absolutely stunning If it were ever adapted to film I feel like it could easily rival the visuals of Avatar The characters are great I especially love the indigenous Prism folk and their interactions with our main character Although it s a straightforward plot line told from a singular point of view the story itself is a lot deeper than simply surviving on a potentially hostile alien world touching on sense of self and others and heavily exploring ethics via a familiar planetary exploitation theme I wouldn t be surprised if this is one of the novels that inspired James Cameron in the first placeI loved it then and I love it nowI m curious to see whether my feelings change another ten years from now This is one of the Alan Dean Foster books that I decided to read again to see how it matched The Ascent of Man up with my memories of first reading them when I was young Some of them were disappointing than others but this one stood out The book starts off with its protagonist trapped and hopeless then goes into a flashback of how he got to be in that situation By the time the story catchesp with the present it doesn t match the text from the beginning aspects of his situation are slightly different and he s able to escape from his confinement with little difficulty He still has problems of course but the discrepancies were very jarring Was this poor editing or did Foster try to draw the reader into the story and then cheat his way out of the corner he d backed himself into hoping no one would notice Neither one is excusable to me I love this book It is one of my favoritesI went to a book signing for Alan Dean Foster a number of years ago I know that you are supposed to buy their new book and have them sign it Instead I went there with a very beat The Grand Sophy up copy of this book and embarrassingly handed it to him and asked him if he would please sign this book for me He got a huge smile and told me how happy he was that I had brought that book in for him to sign He said he could see that I loved that book It is so beatp and I would love to read it again but I will have to buy a new copy Never having read any of the Humanx Commonwealth stories but having determined that this was a stand alone tale I decided that it would give me a toe test into that Winners Dream universe without commiting me to read the next in a very long seuence and so on and I m very glad I did soPrism is a planet with aniuely crystaline enviroment and which supports both silicon and carbon based life forms and when the company loses communications with its research group on the planet they send in their best. The company had a big problem it was illegally exploiting a fabulously rich planet maned Prism a world where even the tiniest creatures were living jewels But someho.
BOOK READ Sentenced to Prism AUTHOR Alan Dean Foster – xermadeenfotos.org
Troubleshooter Evan Orgell That said he soon finds out that Prism is a very dangerous place to be even when euipped with the best and toughest enviroment suit the Commonwealth can produce When that suit succumbs to the local florafauna he finds himself exposed to the hostile environment and fighting for his survival without any protection other than his wits and the help of an O viziune a sentimentelor unexpectedly sentient native lifeform called A Surface of Fine Azure Tinted Reflection With Pyroxin Dendritic Inclusions or Azure for shortWhat follows is a fine tale of survival where Evan is forced to learn new ways overcoming his prejudices and assumptions He s also still of a mind to find out exactly what happened to the research group and what the company were doing on Prism This is science fiction at its best where the expected norms of physics and life are turnedpside down and sideways 35 5From Casual DebrisAs a pre teen in the mid 1980s I read a modest of amount of science fiction and for a few years enjoyed the campy works of Alan Dean Foster I read about thirty of his books published in the 1970s p ntil about 1990 including a number of the novelizations The books are Como agua para chocolate uick reads and I found them to be colourfully imaginative though many I found even at that time to beite dull Cachalot and Voyage to the City of the Dead come to mind Eventually I abandoned his works for complex books and soon stopped reading science fiction novels aside from a book or two a year Then a couple of weeks ago I was rummaging through my parents basement and came across a number of his and other science fiction authors books And reminiscing I thought why notI picked p Sentenced to Prism which though I ve owned for many years bought for 225 at the local secondhand bookshop that no longer exists so the markings on the first page inform me I have never read Perhaps it was the glaring yellow cover that kept it at bay or most likely I got tired of Foster s books before I got around to this one Proof of the latter are the handful paperbacks of his I came across which I ve never opened pWhat I found with Sentenced to Prism was a pleasant surprise an enjoyable novel despite the light writing two dimensional characters and seemingly lack of depth The novel deals with an arrogant company research man named Evan Orgell who is sent to a newly discovered planet Prism to ncover the fate of a research team which has stopped communicating with home base Orgell soon learns what a niue planet this is and following many Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran unusual dangers meetsp with some native species with whom he forms an alliance More than the plot and certainly that the non character of Orgell who we follow throughout the bulk of the story aside from a couple of glaring point of view shifts what makes the read a compelling one is the planet and its various life forms Foster has the reputation for creating interesting worlds and species but I don t recall his work ever being this imaginative and immersiveIn addition to the interesting world is the late development of some thematic links which help to elevate the book in the last few chapters from being a simple plotted fare developed only for Foster s imaginings to a narrative that contains though simplistically a point The notions of Associatives of community and collaboration is brought full circle when Orgell and his new friends encounter an The Eagles Nest (The New Avengers, unusual chaotic creature that has its own interpretation of what a community ought to be and what it can achieve Further the idea of the alien Associative challenges Orgell in his ownnderstanding of the purpose of community The novel fails in that Orgell is so When the Sea Turned to Silver under developed we are told endlessly that he is selfish and arrogant yet since the moment he lands on the planet he appears to be selfless and tonderstand the importance of team work in the face of survival that there is no real transforma. W all contact had been lost with the scientist of the survey team The Company didn't want to draw attention to itself by sending in a rescue mission so they assigned.
Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946 but raised mainly in California He received a BA in Political Science from UCLA in 1968 and a MFA in 1969 Foster lives in Arizona with his wife but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures This interest is carried over to his writing