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Conscience Interplanetary Hardcover – 2 Mar 1972

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; 1st edition (2 Mar. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575013737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575013735

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London published Science Fiction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter worlds of stark beauty... 11 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is definatly one of the early sci-fi greats. The story takes place in the middle twenty-first century. The plot centers around a P.P. Corps "conscience" named Allan Odegaard whose job it is to survey various potenitial colony planets for an overcrowded Earth, to find out if any of the native spieces are sentient. His travels take him from the frozen planet Sister to Crystal, a planet inhabited by silicon-based plant lifeforms. On many of these planets, he encounters the "New Romans", a greedy, earthcentric political party who care nothing for any of the alien races and who will not stop at anything to make sure Odegaard is out of the way for good. One the most interesting of the alien races are the Cryers of Crystal, beings who are one group mind, yet each member of which is a separate, sentient entity. (If you want to see what the Cryers look like, check out "Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials" by Wayne Barlowe.) This book, while risque at times, is an excellent and interesting read, one that will keep you engrossed till the end. Each planet is beautifully and painstakingly described, and the enjoyment quality of the book makes you wonder what kind of dolts the publishers were to let this book go out of print. This book fully deserves five stars, and more. If you can find it, buy it! As it is, I can only hope someone makes a movie based on this book (and does not ruin the book in the process) so to cash in on the profits, some publisher will be literally forced to reprint this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Writing...Until the End 17 Dec. 2012
By petercmartin1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I first stumbled upon this title years ago when I picked up a copy of "Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials" and the concept intrigued me. I picked up the book but only made it half way through before losing my copy of it. I had forgotten about it until I found out that Amazon recently aquired the rights to sell this as a kindle version and I picked it up right away.

Joseph Green is a master at creating new worlds and bizzare new creatures. The book is full of wonderful descriptions of new planets and the creatures that inhabit those worlds. Some of the worlds may, today, seem a little cliched, but you have to remember this book was written over 40 years ago, and while some things are a bit cliched it still holds up. While some of the creatures Green creates are quite fantastical, he grounds his descriptions in very believable biology, making the reader believe that such creatures could possibly exist.

The plot revolves around Allen Odegaard whose job it is to travel to newly colonized worlds to determine if the native creatures are "intelligent" or are well on their way to developing intelligence. If intelligent creatures are discovered the planet becomes off limits to colonization. Of course, back on Earth this creates much political tension between the parties that feel this is the right thing to do and other parties that believe in the "might is right" mentality. This puts Odegaard in a few hairy situations as numerous attempts are made on his life in order to stop him, and others in his profession, from doing their jobs. Along the way we travel to numerous worlds and meet an array of of fantastic creatures, all brillantly brought to life.

I truly enjoyed this book and wish I could give 5 stars but there are 2 flaws, with the narrative that I just can't forgive. The first is the Elemental that Odegaard meets after an attempted assassination plot leaves him wounded and close to death. In a book that takes such great care to describe alien creatures in a very biological way it is jarring to be introduced to such a "god like" being that transcends space and time and seems more at home in a fantasy novel than in a sci fi novel. The second issue is with the final part of the book, which takes place on Earth, in which the hero (Odegaard) suddenly comes face to face with Bigfoot. This whole last scene, while well written, just seemed so out of place in this book. And one has to question, on a planet Earth that is suffering from such overcrowding how does a creature like that go undetected. Yes, I know, when reading sci fi you often have to suspend belief to an extent, but this just seemed to be asking a bit much of the reader.

Overall though, I love this book and any true fan of the genre should pick this up. It's a quick read and is sure to not disappoint.
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