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Project Avatar: Why James Cameron needn't write that novel.

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Downward To The Earth (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Downward To The Earth (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Science Fiction bristles with with Pandoras: this story follows a colonial man seeking to atone for the sins of his own kind on a beautiful, deadly planet and undergoes an alien transformation..."
Hothouse (Penguin Modern Classics)
Hothouse (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Another Pandora, but without the space-travel; in this far-future fantasy, it is man that lives in fear among the trees."
The Word for World Is Forest
The Word for World Is Forest
"The one that's supposed to be Avatar (sort-of): I haven't read it, but I have read the novelette, included in..."
Again, Dangerous Visions
Again, Dangerous Visions
"A great collection of daring SF stories, including Ms. Le Guin's tale where there forest dwellers are green monkey-people, not blue cat-people, but still fiercely defensive about their trees."
Shadrach in the Furnace (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
Shadrach in the Furnace (Bison Frontiers of Imagination)
"Not like the movie Avatar at all, except for the interesting project designed to keep a dictator alive forever... Now what was it called again?"
Call Me Joe (The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson)
Call Me Joe (The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson)
"One of the more controversial items: a paraplegic GI controls an alien body on Jupiter in Anderson's novella."
Venture Science Fiction UK No.17 (January 1965) - Jury Rig, Soul Mate, Empty Nest, Rabbits to the Moon, The Martian Crown Jewels, Success Story, To Fell a Tree
Venture Science Fiction UK No.17 (January 1965) - Jury Rig, Soul Mate, Empty Nest, Rabbits to the Moon, The Martian Crown Jewels, Success Story, To Fell a Tree
"An obscure short story that I can't claim to have found by myself: "To Fell A Tree" by Robert F. Young is, erm, familiar..."
Roadside Picnic (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Roadside Picnic (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"The one who wrote the Russian book that had a planet called Pandora, aliens called Nave, and you can't buy that book, but this is a classic."
The Color of Distance
The Color of Distance
"The lead character may be more of an ambassador than a freedom fighter, but heck, her injury, transformation and assimilation into the alien reptiles' community is familiar."
Life During Wartime (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Life During Wartime (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"More jungle, but fighting with helicopters and holing up in bunkers is really no fun. A drug-addled Techno-Vietnam full of psychics, paranoia and ancient vendettas."
The Gods Themselves
The Gods Themselves
"Unobtanium? An impossible element provides humans with limitless energy, and it's provided by proper aliens: wierd, blobby things that don't look like blue Thundercats. Much better."
Ringworld (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Ringworld (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Horrible "Big Object" sci-fi. But it does have aliens that look like cats and an impossible material called "scrith"."
The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Avatar, James Cameron's Epic Movie (Unauthorized)
The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Avatar, James Cameron's Epic Movie (Unauthorized)
"For those interested in further dissection of the themes in Avatar"
The Science of Avatar
The Science of Avatar
"A cash-in science fact book that consults some of the "science" in Avatar, by a popular hard SF author"
James Cameron's Avatar: The Na'VI Quest
James Cameron's Avatar: The Na'VI Quest
"As "close" as there's been to a novelisation; a plot summary. I've heard that J.C. is planning to write one, but he should hand the job to the semi-retired Robert Silverberg."