City of Pearl by Karen Traviss

By Karen Traviss

3 separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh's megastar. however the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten thetenuous stability of a coveted world.
Environmental possibility Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to steer a venture to Cavanagh's big name, figuring out that a hundred and fifty years may elapse sooner than she may possibly eventually go back domestic. yet her touchdown, with a small crew of scientists and Marines, has now not long past omitted through Aras, the planet's certain mum or dad. An ceaselessly evolving global himself, this unhappy, robust being has already obliterated hundreds of thousands of alien interlopers and their nice towns to guard the delicate local inhabitants. Now Shan and her get together -- plus the small colony of fundamentalist people who preceded them -- may face an identical annihilation . . . or a destiny some distance worse. simply because Aras possesses a mystery of the blood that might be disastrous if it fell into human palms -- if the gethes live to tell the tale the upcoming conflict their coming has inadvertently hastened.

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City of Pearl

3 separate alien societies have claimson Cavanagh's big name. however the new arrivals -- the gethes from Earth -- now threaten thetenuous stability of a coveted world.
Environmental possibility Enforcement officer Shan Frankland agreed to guide a project to Cavanagh's celebrity, realizing that one hundred fifty years might elapse earlier than she may well eventually go back domestic. yet her touchdown, with a small staff of scientists and Marines, has no longer long gone ignored by means of Aras, the planet's specific father or mother. An perpetually evolving global himself, this unhappy, strong being has already obliterated thousands of alien interlopers and their nice towns to guard the delicate local inhabitants. Now Shan and her get together -- plus the small colony of fundamentalist people who preceded them -- might face the same annihilation . . . or a destiny a ways worse. simply because Aras possesses a mystery of the blood that will be disastrous if it fell into human fingers -- if the gethes live to tell the tale the approaching warfare their coming has inadvertently hastened.

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From just outside, he heard a creak from the patio. ” He opened the door. No moon out yet. The porch was unusually dark. He couldn't see a thing. What had made that sound? Raccoons and coyotes and skunks were regulars here. Lindsey didn't move, just listened. He clicked on the flashlight. The beam played over the long, wrap-around porch and across waist high grass that sprouted through the decking. Grass? His sister wasn't fastidious, but she kept her home relatively neat both inside and out, including keeping weeds under control.

There were no snakes, just the blades of grass, moving of their own volition, pricking with deliberate intention. He could feel each of the itchy, sharp stabs of the grass creatures until finally the pain stopped. They leaned in close, leafy limbs brushing and grabbing at him. Whatever they were doing didn't make much sense. When his belt was undone and his pants were pulled down, it made less sense. His paralysis was total. * * * The Captain addressed the hundred members of his Clyptus crew, two- to three-foot-tall spindles of vegetable matter, all pinky-thin as was their custom.

Asked a blue sphere with a big eye and many, many smaller ones. ” “It means the entirety of outcomes for the humans is not known,” the Grey said. ” “Bad luck,” Oliop said. The Trin chaircreature growled at him. “Silence, technician,” she said. “'Luck' is just perceived probability,” the Grey said. “What we are seeing is a fundamental error in judgment of human potential, a gross miscalculation. ” The Grey coughed. It released a stench like burnt popcorn and shook its head. “No,” the Grey said.

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