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Summary Ó The Survivors (Hunters # 2) ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç The long unavailable SF classic from the authors of Hunters of the Red Moon The Survivors Dane Rianna and the monster Aratak live to achieve fame and fortune after being hunted by fierce killers and shapeshifters and accept the challenge oE challenge of investigating a Closed World where mysteries not yet explained by science exist and danger abounds. The first book is better but in this book you can see the development of Darkover

The Survivors Hunters # 2E challenge of investigating a Closed World where mysteries not yet explained by science exist and danger abounds. The first book is better but in this book you can see the development of Darkover

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The Survivors (Hunters # 2) ´ The long unavailable SF classic from the authors of Hunters of the Red Moon The Survivors Dane Rianna and the mon. Evidently I bought this and set it aside because I have no memory of it and can't even come up with a framework for how it goes onOne preliminary point Bradley and Zimmer argue that all 'protosimians' are in a sort of permanent oestrus and are the only sapients in the Unity who mate out of season This seems rather less than likely On Earth humans are really the only primates who maintain continual fertility cycles and sexuality plays as little part in the lives of say baboons as in most of the species in the Unity Why would it be different elsewhere Is the contention that only protosimians who DO have continual oestrus can develop 'true' intelligence For that matter who's setting the standards of what ualifies as 'people' The attitudes of the protosaurians are somewhat snobbish at least at firstAlso I don't think a telepath who was as misanthropic and depressive as the Farspeaker in this story would be anybody's first choice for a communicator so the implication is that Farspeakers are so rare that none can be honorably retired seems to necessarily followI hadn't remembered by the way that the translator disks transmitted subvocalized thoughts This is likely to cause serious problems We may subvocalize things we don't actually want to say aloud is there some way to bypass the translator Still it would make it possible to communicate without speaking loudly an advantage in that respect if few othersI can't speak to the oeconomy of 'jungles' on a distant world but the description given in this book is almost completely untrue about rainforests on Earth There's virtually no undergrowth under the canopy of rainforests only around watercourses in the borders of 'natural meadows' usually the temporary product of one or of the trees falling and other border areas is there any substantial underbrush Nor are there any low hanging branches for the 'camouflage cats' to launch themselves from Old growth forests have very tall trees in which most of the life is in the canopy Any creature the size of the cats mentioned which launched itself from a height of about 150 feet would likely die even IF its fall was cushioned by landing on a large prey animal And if it missed But the fact is that creatures as voracious and active as the predators presented wouldn't live long enough to die in a broken boned heap They'd starve since they couldn't possibly get enough energy from their prey to replenish what they expended in killing it much LESS have any reserves for another hunt There's some speculation that the 'rashas' have been deliberately selected and bred to hunt protosimians If so they must continually be reintroduced given the carnage that's described So many of the rashas are killed they'd have to have a very rapid reproductive rate to compensate even in ordinary conditions and that's not even including the ones who must starve if protosimians put up any kind of resistance or evasive maneuvers even ineffectual ones Prey that solitary animals have to hunt out and even chase down is too expensiveFurther the soil under climax forests is in fact very poor soil The nutrients are in the leaf mould and are created by indwellers in said mould from the rain of detritus scales leaves feces etc from the canopy These nutrients are conveyed underground whence they are almost at once sucked up by the tree roots Old growth forests are bootstrapping communities and growth is no faster there than elsewhere Later descriptions of high canopy forests are a little realistic but I'm a little puzzled by the distaste for the rich fertile smell of leaf mould I like the smell of chlorophyll I'm not sure how xanthophyll smells but I very much prefer the smell of leaf mould It's that smell that distinguishes between sterile dust and soilThere's also a flat statement that early humans on Earth exterminated their fellow hominids There's no real evidence either way but whatever happened we have little evidence of their personal natures or intelligence and I resent both the description of hominids as 'subhuman' they're related to the local humans but the 'chain of being' hierarchical model has never been a good basis for description of the variability of life and to the description of chimpanzees as unintelligent and as 'monkeys' Chimpanzees are closer than cousins to humans and are provably capable of uite complex reasoningThe character of Dane is argued to be uite a travelled man but he doesn't show much sign of it The armchair descriptions of Earth lifeforms read like the fantasies of people who haven't even bothered to dip into the pile of National Geographics beside the chair I can't give much credence to the descriptions of the biology of other worlds from people who don't really have a good grounding in the biology of Earth Marion Zimmer Bradley evidently learned some things over her career but this sort of elementary errors are than a little offputtingI also don't care for the 'hero''s dislike of a boy who has no taste or talent for the life of an 'adrenaline junkie' Or for his fetishist worship of his replica samurai sword Like his partner I don't pretend to understand his attitudes nor do I particularly care to There seems to be an uneasy snobbishness in many of Marion Zimmer Bradley's works I'm not clear about Paul Edwin Zimmer's position but Marion Zimmer Bradley seems to have somewhat defensively believed that there is a natural aristocracy and peasantry and to hope to be numbered among the elect For example Joda's father who disappears completely from the picture after handing 'his' abused son into fosterage and where was the boy's mother in all this never seems to have considered fostering his son with the First People nor do any others from what I can see If a child has a scholarly bent why should she or he have to travel off world to get any sort of nurturance andor fosterage in such arts The proto saurian First People are traumatically affected by an assault that happened before proto simians developed They are committed to nonviolence and try to impose nonviolence in limited ways on protosimians But they don't display any particular philosophical commitment to nonviolence They're perfectly prepared to accept the concept of 'justifiable homicide' they simply debate what the limits of such violence are and should be Perhaps their Saints' guilty knowledge of prehistoric 'defensive' genocide colors their thoughts But it's past time to get past that as well In all the subseuent years hsa nobody made any ATTEMPT to find out why they were attacked in the first place And what they might have done to negotiate peaceful relations with those ancient 'enemies' BEFORE it got to the point of deadly assaults on either side Free download ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Marion Zimmer Bradley ë 6 Free download Ster Aratak live to achieve fame and fortune after being hunted by fierce killers and shapeshifters and accept th. This is a seuel to Hunters of the Red Moon which should be read first In that book Dane Rianna and Aratak are the kidnapped prey in a hunt involving species from different worlds Think The Most Dangerous Game or Gladiator That one was a fun entertaining and fast pulp read In this one the trio moving on to new challenges is investigating a Closed World full of unknown dangers No one would claim this as great literature and it's not the kind of thing you can enjoy if you nitpick the science and social assumptions to death This is pulp fiction with characterizations of the kind of depth you find in costumed superheroes in comic books That doesn't mean this isn't enjoyable although I enjoyed the first book But I don't think this matches in uality the best of MZB's Darkover books Otoh it's better than the weakest in that series