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An isolated and extremely beautiful planet has a population of tribal humans, likely descended from a long-ago crashed ship's inhabitants. After an unspecified but definitely lengthy period of time they have spread and become as good as a 'native race' of humans to the planet, and for a long time remain unknown to any other civilisation in the universe.
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A lone pilot crashes on this world, choosing to stay there. Loving the planet and it's people, he fears what will happen to it when the businessmen of Earth finally find it. Feeling sure the planet will be exploited for it's beautiful scenery and delicious-tasting native creatures and its people, though human, too primitive to know how to prevent this, he tries to teach them what they must do at the occurance of this likelihood. The pilot dies having tried his best to educate, and sure enough the business men come. What follows is the interplay of commercial politics and primitive culture as the ultra-rich entrepeneur Wembling and his company play out their tactics against the pilot's 'Plan' which the natives hardly understand, but follow blindly and which proves a worthy match to Wembling's business-mind.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Water    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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