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Free download Hestia AUTHOR C.J. Cherryh 105 ñ DAW paperback original one of several later printings see individual listings An early 1979 Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and their interactions with the catlike natives centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems and his relationship with one of the natives Natives Major themes in this novel include sexual liberation sexual aberration hypocrisy of social s and responsibility toward indigenous peoples. I liked where the story kept heading Just very tiny print

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Eir interactions with the catlike natives centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems and his relationship with one of the. This book is a really obvious allegory of the settling of America except that this time the natives are a race of primitive cat people Which is fairly problematic when you think about it given all the times that settlers referred to Native Americans as being less than human Cherryh really goes out of her way to underscore the resemblance giving the settlers all the characteristics — forms of dress clothing and language not to mention being white with English surnames — that are traditionally associated with Americans pushing West in the 19th century even though the book is set in a far future universe with spaceflight between planets one of many aspects of the book that don’t uite make sense I can accept that a low priority colony planet might operate at a lower technology level than the planets that build the spaceships It seems less likely though that an engineer trained on one of those planets would know anything about building dams without the use of robots and lasers and all the fancy advanced technology that such a world must have to do its engineering The spaceships can’t be the only sign of high technology there is can they Further it makes even less sense that the mother planet would bother sending a single person to a low priority colony Ok there were two — one has second thoughts and skedaddles leaving our hero behind partly because he was arrested by the colonials in case he started getting second thoughts too — but still Either they would send a team with a large uantity of euipment or they would send some books on dam building and a note saying “good luck” Finally of course there’s the whole uestion of inter species romance as signaled by the cover illustration of a cat woman wearing a bikini unfortunately Cherryh puts about the same amount of thought into it as a B movie scriptwriter For once the cover illustrators of a 70’s sci fi or fantasy paperback have given a female character clothes than she usually wears Sazhje being as mentioned one of a race of primitive cat people generally wears nothing at all The most annoying part of the book though is the way it distributes the blame for imperialism The settlers are often small minded violent and xenophobic prejudiced not just against the cat people but also against other humans not from Hestia and even native born Hestians who have off worlder parents our hero by contrast is enlightened and broad minded Of course our hero also represents the imperial center the people who are responsible for dropping the settlers on Hestia and creating the conflict with the cat people to absolve them of any blame is to miss the point by a considerable margin One could perhaps overlook these political issues if the book were better but it’s really pretty predictable Cherryh is good at maintaining tension but there’s only so much you can do with a by the numbers plot Definitely the worst of my continuing review of early Cherryh so far

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Hestia AUTHOR C.J. CherrDAW paperback original one of several later printings see individual listings An early 1979 Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and th. An engineer from off planet lands on a colony world tries to build a dam meets a primitive cat woman and that's pretty much it Doesn't stick the landing