The One-eyed Man

The One-eyed Man

A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment

Book - 2013
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"The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements. Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara's atmosphere is populated with skytubes--gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes' role in the planet's ecology--if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn"--
Publisher: New York :, Tor Books,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780765335449
Characteristics: 364 pages ;,25 cm.


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Apr 14, 2016

The first person writing style never strays from character, and the man is likeable and believable. Unfortunately it's told from the view of a bureaucrat with all the mundane details included. I did like the planet.

ChristchurchLib Nov 30, 2015

Hard SF. Sent by the interstellar Union of the Ceylesian Arm to the colony world of Stittara, scientist Dr. Paulo Verano must assess the impact of human activity on the planet's ecosystem. Complicating his assignment, however, are political and economic considerations, for Stittara is a source of anagathics, a class of life-extending drug more valuable to his employers than either the planet's unique ecology or its many and varied inhabitants. For more stories about plantetary exploration in which scientific, political, and corporate interests intersect, check out Joan Slonzcewski's Elysium cycle or Jane Lindskold's Artemis Awakening series. Science fiction newsletter December 2015

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