Fossil Hunter

Fossil Hunter

(The Quintaglio Trilogy)

Book - 2005-03-01
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Fossil Hunter is hard SF in the tradition of Larry Niven about a world inhabited by the Quintaglios, a dinosaurian species that has evolved a human level of intelligence and culture.Toroca, a Quintaglio geologist, is under attack for his controversial new theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the wreckage of an ancient starship -- a relic of the aliens who transplanted Earth's dinosaurs to this solar system. Now, Toroca must convince Emperor Dybo that evolution is true; otherwise, the territorial violence the Quintaglios inherited from their tyrannosaur ancestors will destroy the last survivors of Earth's prehistoric past.
Publisher: Tor Books 2005-03-01
ISBN: 9780765309730
0765309734
Characteristics: 304

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 13, 2017

Hard Science fiction classic supposed to have alien names because they weren't human & evolved on their own.
So protagonist went Darwin & got the wrath of priests that they weren't native to the moon.
I liked author's imagination & style unlike certain critic.

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cavanhk
Oct 28, 2013

This book is amazing I can not wait until the library gets the latest one! And I think Robert J Sawyer did not put that horrible of names, because they are just dinosaurs and why would they be named something human ?

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zipread
Oct 23, 2011

That’s it! I’ve tried twice to follow this novel. Sometimes Sawyer writes well and sometimes he’s just too smart for his own good. After giving it a go for about forty pages, I’m ready to call it quits. Just because you can make up a boatload of goofy, oddball, gobbledygook names doesn’t mean you should. Drop one of those oddball names in front of me and I no longer know which person or continent or city we’re talking about. Nor do I care. It’s like reading a book blindfolded while suspended upside down from the ceiling: you just can’t tell which way is up. Shame on you, Robert. For those who are more addle minded, couldn't you name your protagonists with easy to remember names like Bod, Florence and Manfred? But no, we get names like Toroco, Dybo, and Cadool. And those are the simpler ones? When you add to that the fact that Sawyer launches three our four different story strands simultaneously, I hope you can understand why someone could get lost in this mish-mash.

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