Strange stones on a newly discovered planet prove to be more than the healing gems the aliens use them as. They control the gateway to a vast system of intergalactic pathways built by powerful alien races who have become terrified of something even more powerful than themselves.
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Alan Dean Foster is great to work with. First of all, his wife manages a fun band, so I got a free CD! Also, Alan is a nice guy who's always willing to listen to suggestions and never balks at rewriting. Also, Alan travels widely in the coolest places, and is even known to send a gift from the far ends of the earth occasionally! Seriously, though, the neat thing is that Alan uses his experiences from all this far-flung travel to imbue his alien worlds with color and excitement. He's got some particularly neat natives in The Howling Stones--they're aliens, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually met them somewhere--
--Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor
Enter another realm in the amazing world of the Humanx Commonwealth -- the interstellar empire governed jointly by humans and aliens!
The newly discovered planet of Senisran was a veritable paradise -- a sprawling world of vast oceans dotted with thousands of lush islands and copious deposits of rare-earths and minerals. First-contact specialist Pulickel Tomochelor's mission to Senisran was straightforward: secure mining rights for the Humanx Commonwealth before the vicious AAnn Empire beat them to the chase. With Senisran's Parramat clan resisting entreaty, negotiations could be difficult, but Pulickel was more comfortable with aliens than with his own species and looked forward to a triumphant return to Earth.
He hadn't counted on the incredible secret of Parramat, though: the strange, powerful green stones that the tribe used to manipulate the forces of nature. Within those stones lay an awesome technology, the origin of which was lost in time -- a technology that had to be kept from the AAnn at any cost...
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Book Description Orbit, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111857235320