The Dragons Of Heorot
Copyright 1995 by
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes
I first read this in October 1997.
Back on Heorot, years later, the colony has survived the super-fast
alien "Grendels", and is has grown enough to experience political
dissension on the future direction of the colony. The younger generation,
those born on Heorot, want to explore and open new colonies on the planet.
The surviving original colonists, fighting their own personal battles
with the brain damage they suffered from the suspended animation during the
trip to the colony, and unable to forget the horrors of the original Grendel
attacks, are much more cautious. They fear that further exploration of
the alien world will simply mean more deaths. Still the new generation
will not be restrained and they are determined to commence the
There's are, of course, a couple of problems. Firstly, something is
wrong with some of the younger generation, their thinking is a little
strange, possibly psychopathic. Secondly, the planet's climate has been
changing, suddenly new forms of life are bursting out everywhere, and
amid this fecundity, the Grendels are becoming more intelligent.
Well this is Larry Niven et al, and it's the sequel to "The Legacy Of
Heorot" so it had to be bought and read as soon as I found it. Hard
science, great adventure - this is what makes SF worthwhile. And the
Grendels really rock.
Loaded on the 19th May 2001.