By Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster doesn’t simply construct worlds, he creates complete universes. publication via publication, his star-spanning saga of the Humanx Commonwealth has advanced into one in every of technology fiction’s such a lot striking achievements. choked with carefully imagined extraterrestrial beings and complicated cultures, spiced with humor and fervour, and pushed by way of relentless experience and intrigue, Foster’s notable Commonwealth sequence simply retains getting better.
They name it the Drowning international. it's Fluva, a planet at the fringes of the Commonwealth the place it rains torrentially, without end, and maddeningly for all yet one month of the Fluvan yr. leader Administrator Lauren Matthias in all fairness new to the placement. Her fundamental aim: preserving Fluva’s indigenous species, the warlike Sakuntala and immigrant species, the timid yet hard-working Deyzara, from annihilating one another.
The wettest position on Fluva is Viisiiviisii, an enormous, commonly unexplored jungle. due to the unending rains and humid stipulations, unique animals and vegetation have thrived there, lots of them lethal predators. but an identical evolutionary approach answerable for growing poisonous creatures has made the jungle a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals in all likelihood worthwhile in engineering every little thing from prescription drugs to perfumes. a guy can get wealthy there. Or die trying.
Bio-prospector Shadrach Hasselemoga has come to the jungle to get wealthy— if he survives the terrain as soon as his sabotaged send is going down. whilst a Sakuntala and a Deyzara are dispatched by way of Matthias to rescue the unlucky soul, their send crashes, too. Now, on the way to live to tell the tale, the 3 not going allies needs to do anything that not anyone has ever performed sooner than: stroll out of the Viisiiviisii.
Meanwhile, in what passes for civilization, long-simmering tensions among Sakuntala and Deyzara erupt into violence, threatening Matthias’s legit place of neutrality—and her existence. in the back of the violence, Matthias detects a mysterious presence, one with regards to Shadrach’s disappearance. yet how are the 2 similar? the reply, while it comes, will ship surprise waves during the complete Commonwealth . . . and beyond.
From the Hardcover edition.