LEGACY OF HEOROT PDF

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. The two hundred colonists on board the Geographic have spent a century in cold sleep to arrive here: Avalon, a lush, verdant planet lightyears from Earth. They hope to establish a permanent colony, and Avalon seems the perfect place. And so they set about planting and building. But their very presence has upset the ecology of Avalon.

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At first, the idea of reworking the Beowulf legend on a science fiction theme appears specious, if not ludicrous. After all, the ancient Teutonic tribes that retained the legend orally and the Celtic scribes who recorded it were deadly serious in their efforts to preserve the tale of the warrior-king who slew monsters and dragons in order that civilization might survive.

This noble myth would seem inappropriate, at best, in outer space. In this book, Heorot finds another, more modern and more sinister, meaning. The planet that the interstellar colonists inhabit is called Avalon, after the idyllic home of King Arthur. In this updated tale, Avalon is populated by a select group of volunteer space pioneers in the 21st Century.

Each person possesses at least two skills crucial to the construction and maintenance of civilization. Apart from the presence of two moons, a bluer sky and a heavier gravity, Avalon appears almost absurdly comfortable. Very quickly, their foolish trust in the foreign environment results in deadly pandemonium. Predictably, there appear the futuristic equivalents to Grendel and his mother. The safety of the colony is threatened in the most graphic terms, as small animals begin to disappear, leaving signs of terrible carnage in their wake.

Cadmann is suddenly in favor again. All the technology that these elite scientists can muster is summoned to defend themselves and their territory. Led by Cadmann, horrific battles are fought, leaving the colonists victorious, but decimated. Injured and weary, sobered by both internal and external conflict, the colonists set about burying their dead and rebuilding their camp.

With the planet Earth 10 light years away, they have little choice but to persevere. Under their very noses, there lurks and grows to maturity a disaster of Gargantuan proportions. Far from preposterous, these monsters are no more irrational to contemplate than the originals. In fact, there are probably more parallels between the past and the future in general than is conducive to tranquillity. Cadmann sings in Welsh. At every turn of the plot, there are point and counterpoint.

The authors have taken great pains to produce a convincing story analogous to the legend of Beowulf in its symbolic representation of good and evil, the familiar and the unknown. Special mention should be made to the maps by Alexis Walser. It is as though she herself were persuaded that Avalon and its colonists exist in the present, along with the terrible threat to that existence.

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Legacy of Heorot

At first, the idea of reworking the Beowulf legend on a science fiction theme appears specious, if not ludicrous. After all, the ancient Teutonic tribes that retained the legend orally and the Celtic scribes who recorded it were deadly serious in their efforts to preserve the tale of the warrior-king who slew monsters and dragons in order that civilization might survive. This noble myth would seem inappropriate, at best, in outer space. In this book, Heorot finds another, more modern and more sinister, meaning. The planet that the interstellar colonists inhabit is called Avalon, after the idyllic home of King Arthur. In this updated tale, Avalon is populated by a select group of volunteer space pioneers in the 21st Century. Each person possesses at least two skills crucial to the construction and maintenance of civilization.

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The Legacy of Heorot

This is the first book in the Heorot series. It concerns the establishment of the first human colony on Avalon, fourth planet of Tau Ceti. Two hundred colonists arrive on Avalon, having made the year journey from Earth in suspended animation on the starship Geographic. The colonists, selected for their outstanding physical and mental acuity, make a terrible discovery: the suspended animation has damaged their intellect and reasoning skills. Some are only mildly afflicted, while others have serious intellectual disabilities ; eight cannot be reanimated at all. The colonists build a settlement on an isolated island, and begin growing crops and stocking the nearby waters with terrestrial species to complement the samlon , a local aquatic species. The colonists become overconfident in their security, to the frustration of expedition security officer and former soldier Cadmann Weyland.

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