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Child of Earth (Sea of Grass Trilogy) [Paperback]

David Gerrold

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16 Jun 2005 Sea of Grass Trilogy
Book one of the Sea of Grass trilogy Want to visit another world? It might not be as easy as you think. When Kaer's extended family signs up to emigrate to Linnea, a planet known for horses as large as houses and dangerously mistrustful natives, Kaer is certain the move will bring the divided household closer together. What none of them are prepared for is the grueling emigration training in the Linnean dome, a makeshift environment designed to be like Linnea in every possible way, from the long, brutally harsh winters to the deadly kacks- wolf-like creatures as tall as men.The training is tough, but Kaer's family is up to the challenge. Soon they begin working like Linneans, thinking like Linneans, even accepting Linnean gods as their own. The family's emigration seems to be just around the corner. But then, a disaster on Linnea itself changes everything.

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David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One, books that quickly established him in the hard science fiction genre during the 197s. He also wrote ''The Trouble with Tribbles'' episode of Star Trek, voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time, and is the author of the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series. He lives in Northridge, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Being David Gerrold 5 July 2005
By Beverly A. Sykes - Published on
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I've often wondered what it must be like to live in David Gerrold's brain, a brain that creates such complex worlds, ecosystems, creatures, species of higher intelligence, etc. "Child of Earth" follows the story of Kaer and Kaer's family, through their preparation for moving to the world of Linnea, earth-like, but not exactly.

Gerrold brings in all the elements you'd expect from a Gerrold novel--bad puns, redheads, creatures and characters from former Gerrold works, friends from Gerrold's real life, political commentary, more bad puns, and chocolate, all framing the main photograph, which is the action surrounding Kaer's family, the giant horses of Linnea, and leaving one wondering how many years it will take for book 2 of this trilogy to hit the shelves.

I'm not sure why this is classified as a "young people's" book, since it involves some pretty complex scientific descriptions which I am either too old or too dense to follow thoroughly.

I managed to finish this book on an 8-hour drive from one end of California to the other and will now twiddle my thumbs until the sequel gets written. But then I've been doing that about Gerrold's Chtorr series for decades, so I'm used to it.

Good read. Buy it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Gerrold 2 Jun 2005
By A. Giampietri - Published on
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Which is to say, this is a novel in which you'll find many elements that you'll have loved if you've read any of his other works, particularly the most recent ones: alternate social experiments, a first person narrator (with a twist!: there is one particular detail you never get to know about this character!), the emphasis on commitment, education, family ties, etc..

I don't understand why, together with his Dingillian saga, this novel has been billed as "fiction for young readers". Although, if you think of it... If being an adult means you cannot immerse yourself in the world of someone else's imagination and chew on the implications of the ideas and scenarios thereby presented, you must definitely be of a certain age to enjoy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good juvenile (Heinlein would proud) 21 Jan 2006
By Michael Lynn Mcguire - Published on
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This was a good story, the first of a trilogy. The books are in the new large format paperback so they cost a little more. The story is about an "extended" family moving to another, more primitive planet. Instead of showing up like the typical missionaries of old, they are going to try to blend into the primitive society until that society "grows up. It might work.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Does Not Simply Walk Into Linnea 19 Mar 2014
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In this look into a possible future, David Gerrold harks back to Robert A. Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky" juvenile novel from the '50s. Instead of using starships, people travel from Earth to other planets by means of gateways. There's an element not found in Heinlein's work: time slips that enable people to start the terraforming process on a planet, slip forward by vast amounts of time, then go back to refine things. Not much time passes on Earth in the meantime.

An unexpected time slip in Linnea's development left humans stranded for 3,000 years. They developed their own society, while plagues helped them forget that they had come from Earth. They aren't nearly as technologically advanced as Earth people, and they are very suspicious of outsiders. The people of Earth, nevertheless, need to colonize Linnea and hope to do this without the Linnean humans being aware that the new people are from another planet.

The narrator, Kaer, is a child of a group marriage. When she's eight years old, her family decides they want to help colonize a new planet and choose Linnea. Kaer is pleased because she's fascinated by the horses, descendants of Earth horses which have grown larger than elephants in Linnea's lighter gravity. After a few years, the family moves into a huge dome environment set up to emulate just about everything about Linnea except the gravity.

There is a lot of exposition of how the Linnean environment in the huge dome is made to work. Kaer, her family, and other prospective settlers absolutely must learn everything they can to fit in on Linnea without arousing suspicion among the natives. Failure could result in execution by the theocratically ruled Linneans. Kaer and her family must not only learn to speak the difficult Linnean language, they must learn to think like Linneans. They also have to abandon just about all modern technology. The training is long and hard. Some families just can't make it work. Kaer's family wants very much to succeed, but at times they question if it will all be worth it.

This is the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Child of Grass, is available, which is a relief because the ending of Child of Earth is somewhat abrupt. Fortunately, you don't have to wait to continue reading Kaer's adventure. I've already started the second book. David Gerrold has done an outstanding job of world-building and I want to see what comes next.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!! 5 Mar 2014
By Dawn the glass beadmaker - Published on
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I adored this book. It's got a heinlein-esque feel with a sense of john varley all mixed together to be a wonderful David Gerrold novel.

I loved the world building and the sense of joy and wonder I got from this book. I was sucked in from page one, and sad to finish it because I just wanted more.
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