|Plot Summary of Cloud of Chaos Planet of Light|
|"Wolf Meuller is a 35 year old schizophrenic astrophysicist who is contacted by Eamm, a friendly alien from a far-distant planet, whose advanced civilization has discovered a massive Cloud formation that is heading towards Earth, where it will descend and suffocate every air-breathing creature. Eamm takes Wolf to his planet where he observes a utopian society, and is shown proof of the Cloud's rapid journey towards Earth. Upon his return to Earth, Wolf and those he and Eamm can convince of the imminent catastrophe, work frantically to organize a rescue, whereby humanity as we know it, can be saved from extinction. The President of the United States and other leaders refuse to accept the reality of the Cloud...and the Aliens take matters into their own hands to save as much of humanity as possible, before it is too late. Romance, heartbreak, passion, and despair, all play a role as Wolf, his friends, his sister and her lovers, seek an element of normalcy in the midst of chaos. They are faced with a terrible choice. Who among them will choose to stay on Earth and try to ride out the Cloud in hastily built underground shelters? Who among them will beam up to spaceships that will take them to "Marrias," the alien planet light years from Earth, to hopefuly begin new and better lives? The characters must search deep into themselves before making the painful decision.
Although the novel was written before September 11, the characters' desperate longing for normalcy in a time of terror, will strike a chord with the reader who is now faced by life and death decisions, such as taking an airplane, or travelling to a foreign country. Perhaps being rescued by a friendly, advanced, humane civilization, by being beamed up to a space ship that will take them to Marrias, will for many, prove to be a comforting fantasy."
Blanche F. Lord, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Cloud of Chaos Planet of Light|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- generally friendly contact with alien(s)
- preventing an ecological disaster
- mental illness/nutsophrenia
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Really unusual traits?
- Mentally ill or deluded
- Space, need spacesuit
- Domed/Underground City
- current (early 21st century)
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- very controlled society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- descript of touching personal anatomy
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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