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Alan Dean Foster doesn't just build worlds, he creates entire universes. Book by book, his star-spanning saga of the Humanx Commonwealth has evolved into one of science fiction’s most notable achievements. Filled with rigorously imagined aliens and sophisticated cultures, spiced with humor and passion, and driven by relentless adventure and intrigue, Foster's remarkable Commonwealth series just keeps getting better.

They call it the Drowning World. It is Fluva, a planet on the fringes of the Commonwealth where it rains torrentially, ceaselessly, and maddeningly for all but one month of the Fluvan year. Chief Administrator Lauren Matthias is fairly new to the position. Her primary goal: keeping Fluva's indigenous species, the warlike Sakuntala and immigrant species, the timid but hard-working Deyzara, from annihilating one another.

The wettest place on Fluva is Viisiiviisii, an immense, mostly unexplored jungle. Thanks to the endless rains and humid conditions, exotic animals and plants have thrived there, many of them deadly predators. Yet the same evolutionary process responsible for creating toxic creatures has made the jungle a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals potentially useful in engineering everything from pharmaceuticals to perfumes. A man can get rich there. Or die trying.

Bio-prospector Shadrach Hasselemoga has come to the jungle to get rich- if he survives the terrain once his sabotaged ship goes down. When a Sakuntala and a Deyzara are dispatched by Matthias to rescue the unfortunate soul, their ship crashes, too. Now, in order to survive, the three unlikely allies must do something that no one has ever done before: walk out of the Viisiiviisii.

Meanwhile, in what passes for civilization, long-simmering tensions between Sakuntala and Deyzara erupt into violence, threatening Matthias's official position of neutrality-and her life. Behind the violence, Matthias detects a mysterious presence, one related to Shadrach's disappearance. But how are the two related? The answer, when it comes, will send shock waves through the entire Commonwealth . . . and beyond.

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Synopsis:

In Foster's new saga set in the Commonwealth universe, the planet Fluva is called the Drowning World because of constant torrential rains. Here, Chief Administrator Lauren Matthias must keep Fluva's two species, the warlike Sakuntala and the timid but hardworking Deyzara, from annihilating one another.

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Fortune-hunters brace the perils of the Viisiiviisii--a mostly unexplored jungle wilderness on the remote planet of Fluvia--a region populated by lethal predators and toxic wildlife, as they search for a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals vital to creating everything from perfumes to pharmaceuticals.

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<P>Alan Dean Foster doesn't just build worlds, he creates entire universes. Book by book, his star-spanning saga of the Humanx Commonwealth has evolved into one of science fiction's most notable achievements. Filled with rigorously imagined aliens and sophisticated cultures, spiced with humor and passion, and driven by relentless adventure and intrigue, Foster's remarkable Commonwealth series just keeps getting better.</P><P>They call it the Drowning World. It is Fluva, a planet on the fringes of the Commonwealth where it rains torrentially, ceaselessly, and maddeningly for all but one month of the Fluvan year. Chief Administrator Lauren Matthias is fairly new to the position. Her primary goal: keeping Fluva's indigenous species, the warlike Sakuntala and immigrant species, the timid but hard-working Deyzara, from annihilating one another.</P><P>The wettest place on Fluva is Viisiiviisii, an immense, mostly unexplored jungle. Thanks to the endless rains and humid conditions, exotic animals and plants have thrived there, many of them deadly predators. Yet the same evolutionary process responsible for creating toxic creatures has made the jungle a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals potentially useful in engineering everything from pharmaceuticals to perfumes. A man can get rich there. Or die trying.</P>

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres. He is the author of the Star Wars novel The Approaching Storm. He is also the author of numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novel versions of several films, including Star Wars. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.

Foster’s love of the faraway and exotic has led him to travel extensively. He’s lived in Tahiti and French Polynesia, traveled to Europe, Asia, and throughout the Pacific, and has explored the back roads of Tanzania and Kenya. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, reside in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from a turn-of-the-century miner’s brothel. He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.

Visit the author online at www.alandeanfoster.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345450340
Subtitle:
A Novel of the Commonwealth
Publisher:
Del Rey
Edited by:
Alan Dean Foster
Author:
Foster, Alan Dean
Author:
Alan Dean Foster
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Humanx Commonwealth (Imaginary organization)
Subject:
Fiction-Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Fiction : Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Fiction : Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Humanx Commonwealth
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
A novel of the Commonwealth.
Publication Date:
20030101
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
296

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Product details 296 pages Random House Incorporated - English 9780345450340 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In Foster's new saga set in the Commonwealth universe, the planet Fluva is called the Drowning World because of constant torrential rains. Here, Chief Administrator Lauren Matthias must keep Fluva's two species, the warlike Sakuntala and the timid but hardworking Deyzara, from annihilating one another.
"Synopsis" by , Fortune-hunters brace the perils of the Viisiiviisii--a mostly unexplored jungle wilderness on the remote planet of Fluvia--a region populated by lethal predators and toxic wildlife, as they search for a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals vital to creating everything from perfumes to pharmaceuticals.
"Synopsis" by , <P>Alan Dean Foster doesn't just build worlds, he creates entire universes. Book by book, his star-spanning saga of the Humanx Commonwealth has evolved into one of science fiction's most notable achievements. Filled with rigorously imagined aliens and sophisticated cultures, spiced with humor and passion, and driven by relentless adventure and intrigue, Foster's remarkable Commonwealth series just keeps getting better.</P><P>They call it the Drowning World. It is Fluva, a planet on the fringes of the Commonwealth where it rains torrentially, ceaselessly, and maddeningly for all but one month of the Fluvan year. Chief Administrator Lauren Matthias is fairly new to the position. Her primary goal: keeping Fluva's indigenous species, the warlike Sakuntala and immigrant species, the timid but hard-working Deyzara, from annihilating one another.</P><P>The wettest place on Fluva is Viisiiviisii, an immense, mostly unexplored jungle. Thanks to the endless rains and humid conditions, exotic animals and plants have thrived there, many of them deadly predators. Yet the same evolutionary process responsible for creating toxic creatures has made the jungle a treasure trove of undiscovered botanicals potentially useful in engineering everything from pharmaceuticals to perfumes. A man can get rich there. Or die trying.</P>
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