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THE WAR AGAINST THE RULL is a novel published in 1959.

There are two main plots in the book. The first one describes the adventures of the scientist/explorer Jamieson who's the sole human aware that the animals found on the planet Carson are telepaths and that they hide this faculty, convinced that the humans will let them in peace if they stay unaware of it. Stranded on a planet with an Ezwal, one of these animals, Jamieson will have a hard time fighting him and the other giant animals living on the planet. As a baby Ezwal is brought to Earth in order to be examined, Jamieson tries to convince his hierarchy that the faculties of the Ezwal could be used by humans and that this species could be educated in order to become friendly allies.
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Then comes the second main plot of the novel which describes the war between humans and the Rulls, unfriendly aliens trying to invade the galaxy. The humans are searching for a way to get rid of these intelligent worms able to borrow the appearance of the human beings. Jamieson will also be the one who'll find a solution to the Rull problem thanks to the Ezwal brought on Earth. Before that, he'll have to confront the leader of the Rulls for a terrible fight on the soil of the satellite Mira.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   subtle invasion (mind control, lookalikes) War or Invasion    -   Yes Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

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


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Mountains    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Asteroid Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Spaceship setting:    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   unfriendly aliens Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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