Spinneret Book Summary and Study Guide

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The UN (really the US) sets up a colony on a seemingly useless planet (all the useful ones having been taken by alien species). It turns out to have a factory, built by aliens long gone, for producing an extremely strong superconducting cable. This makes the world the center of a multi-sided rivalry between the colony, the UN, the US, various alien races, and liberal groups within the colony.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ken Norlie

In Timothy Zahn's Spinneret, Earth invents a stardrive and sets out to colonize the galaxy. The only problem is..someone else has gotten there first. Lots of someones. And the only planets available are the ones other races dont want. So when the Earth receives a relatively worthless planet with almost no metals in the soil and not much to recommend it, they colonize with somewhat mixed feelings. Overpopulation demands that they expand, but with other races so technologically superior expansion must be slow and discreet.
Lt. Col Meredith has the unenviable task of supervising the new colony..when suddenly it becomes obvious that the planet isn't worthless after all..and that there may be a war over the ancient alien machinery beneath the planets surface.

The review of this Book prepared by Timothy Obenshain

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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