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The Disestablishment of Paradise by [Mann, Phillip]
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An Ecological SF thriller from one of the greats of the genre, with elements of AVATAR and SILENT RUNNING.

About the Author

Phillip Mann was born in 1942 and studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years but has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a theatre critic, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama. As well as writing novels, he has written a number of plays and stories for Radio New Zealand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Print Length: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (21 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ15I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phillip Mann has been writing very good science fiction novels (Pioneers, Eye of the Queen, Wulfsyarn etc) for a long time and this is no exception.

It tells the story of the planet Paradise and the miners, settlers and the scientists who have lived there for several hundred years. It tells how these humans have completely misunderstood their relationship with this world and how Paradise, almost in spite of itself, turns on them.

When through a nasty piece of political in-fighting the Space Council decides to remove all human presence from Paradise, to disestablish it, it tells how two humans - Hera and Mack - stay behind (one legally and one not) on Paradise and how they find some very unexpected "creatures" and also find their redemption there.

It is a powerful and well-told story with well-developed and likeable characters. If you are willing to listen it will teach you more about yourself, more about our earth and the way we live in it and maybe more about the nature of love.

However it is not a preachy book at all, it is a strong story filled with humour and love and also its fair share of sorrow.

I really liked this book!
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OK, you want a book that brings a wonderfully imaginative world to the fore, brings cracking characters into a future society and blends it all with top notch story telling. Whilst this, in some respects, is a future dystopian novel, its one that takes a different flavour to a lot of the over titles out there at the moment, yes the cataclysm happened many years before, but when you throw the current population into a world of danger as well as what they perceive as magic, all round makes this a book that really does grip the reader from start to finish.

Add to this an author who has a clear idea on where he's taking the reader, blends it with wonderfully imaginative flora and wraps it all up in prose that just keeps you gripped all round makes this a book that is definitely worth the Sci-Fi readers time. Cracking.
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This is this author's first novel in about fifteen years. His very first novel, Eye of the Queen, back in 1982, was notable for its detailing of the emotional side of alien contact, with a race of telepaths. Later novels like Wulfs Yarn and the Paxwax novels also dealt with complex human/alien relationships. Pioneers was a very dark novel indeed, in which humanity becomes alien to itself.

It is fitting perhaps that this novel most resembles his first, as though the author wants one more try at his core alien theme. The planet Paradise is indeed a paradise, extremely Earth-like, but with two moons that complicate tides. There are strangely no fauna, but the flora has evolved into a variety of forms, Dendrons, Tattershall Weeds, Reapers and more, some of which possess limited mobility, and the capacity to hurt and possibly kill humans. Paradise has been colonised, most of the hostile native fauna has been erased but strangely Earth plants never really take take to growing there. This leads to its 'disestablishment' that is, its closure as a destination in the inter-planetary 'fractal' gateway system and the withdrawal of its settlers, mostly farmers, and the scientific exploration teams.

This is were we meet Dr Hera Melhuish who is head of the science mission, and the principle character. She stays behind when everyone has left, to shut things down. But things go wrong and she is rescued by Mack, one of her technicians. Their developing romance seems to be both a cause of, and product of, the flora of Paradise re-asserting its dominion. One memorable image is of settler's graves being pushed out of the ground as the native flora, some considered extinct, re-appear and re-assert their dominance.

There are two flaws that I see in this novel.
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This was a fantastic read. My kind of science fiction in that it has a strong character focus and a well developed alien world to explore and understand. The underlying message, especially as it evolved in the last few chapters, was very clear and well written. My only complaint (which is a good complaint) is that the ending felt a wee bit rushed. I would have liked it to be rounded out just a bit more.
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Exploring a fresh planet, hoping to exploit it, the human race encounters strangeness it simply can't deal with.

This book is posed as a retrospective of the retreat from an alien sphere.

The story is wonderful, full of unlikely magic and substantial characters. There are some great science fiction ideas too, and the telling is smart too. I particularly liked the supplementary documents and the layered narrative.

Great stuff.
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The story details what happens to Dr Hera Melhuish, a research scientist, when she remains behind alone on a lush alien planet - Paradise - for a short period to complete her work. The Space Council has decided to abandon their attempts to colonise the planet after crop failures and other setbacks. Hera soon becomes aware that the flora is fighting back against the intruders. She and Mack, who comes to her rescue, are nicely developed characters and the imaginative descriptions of the plant and tree life are carefully articulated. It is a book about our relationship with the world we live in but it is also about human relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and my only slight criticism is that it is a little over long but I don't hesitate to give it five stars.
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