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After intercepting a spaceship of extraordinarily high capability, crewed by creatures from a world nine light years distant, the judge warrior, Duun-atani instigates the genetic engineering of a child from the last of the spaceship's crew. Dunn calls the resulting boy - Thorn.
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Duun hopes that, Thorn, after becoming integrated into their society and, through the use of archive recordings found on the spaceship, will become sufficiently well versed in both cultures' traits, that he can mediate between the two if they should meet up, again. From Duun's perspective this could be at any time: neither he nor anyone else are sure of the spaceship's real capability despite having duplicated one, and Duun's people are incapable of speaking or interpreting the information on the recordings. It is hoped that Thorn will have inherited the means by which he can grasp the meaning of the recordings. Thorn has, so Dunn instructs Thorn to send a message. After which, they wait.

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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive Romance    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   big overbuilt futuristic city    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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