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Helward Mann is from Earth. Not the planet earth but the city Earth that is on a strange planet, a planet where the ground moves and the residents of the city are in a constant struggle to keep their city moving towards the optimum. The optimum is the place on this strange planet where the conditions are most like planet earth. South of the optimum time moves quickly and the people are short and squat, furthur north of the optimum people appear tall and thin and time passes very slowly. During one of his exploring expeditions North of the optimum Helward meets Elizabeth Khan, a woman who claims to be from the planet earth and what she reveals shocks the city of earth and causes a rising of opposing political groups that wish to stop the progress of the city altogether.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   surviving natural elements on planet Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one person from different culture of other persons

Main Character

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


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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