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Two groups of explorers are seperated and marroned by disaster on an ancient desert planet. One group must survive the harsh rigors of primitive life by wit and aide of a powerful alien device. The other, fleeing a despot commander, takes up residence in an abandoned alien city where any whim is granted. The character's lives are rich and real, their choices and the consequences unwittingly setting the roots of two new civilizations bound to yet alien from earth.
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Two groups are marooned but seperated by disaster on a desert planet. The first reverts to a clan/cave life to survive; the second discovers an abandoned alien city where any whim is granted. Both new societies are challanged deeply; survival of body and mind are both at stake.   
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive    -   fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   kills without good reason    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena    -   money/gems/treasure Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   Jedi powers Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Kind of alteration:    -   exotic/alien torture for major character Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   explorer Age:    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   telekinesis    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant    -   can read emotions    -   healing


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   neutral aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world    -   big overbuilt futuristic city Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   weird alien sex    -   main character impregnated against her will    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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