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I first read this in 1977 and most recently in July 2000.
In the world of the near future, faster-than-light travel has finally
been discovered. but it doesn't work quite as anticipated. You arrive
instantly at your farflung destination, but it's only a temporary visit,
shortly return automatically. This clearly make colonisation difficult,
but you know us humans, if there's a place and a way to get there, we'll
Jacque Lefavre always wanted to join the Agency for Extraterrestrial Development, to find
and to develop new worlds for humankind. He's finally achieved his
ambition: he's qualified as a "Tamer" and is off to explore his first
new world, the planet Groombridge. If he's in the lucky 50% maybe he'll
even survive it to return.
Jacque and his team discover a telepathic alien slime mould (Okay, maybe
not exactly a slime mould, that just sort of slipped out) with strange
and deadly properties. This remarkable life-form will have a profound effect on his life and on the
This was Haldeman's second book and it's almost as good
as "The Forever War". It's very different - it's not directly an
anti-war book but it certainly considers the value of pacifism and
non-violence. Still forget about the politics, this is also a love story
with a rather surprising ending.
His style is understated and yet his writing conveys such
powerful emotions. As everyone knows, he's a great writer so read
his books, especially "The Forever War" series and "Tool Of The Trade"
(which I'm reading this very hot Sunday evening out on the balcony with
the skyline of Tokyo in front of me).
What's it got? space exploration, telepathy and teleportation and very
Loaded on the 13th July 2001.