A Gift from Earth

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 1, 1987 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The world named Mount Lookitthat was never meant for humans - it was shrouded in lethal mists. Life existed only on one plateau, unreachable except from space. But the disastrous decision to colonize the planet could not be reversed. So the settlers survived somehow - under a ruthless dictatorship. Mount Lookitthat was rebellion-proof. Then fate dealt the colonists a wild card named Matthew Keller, who had a talent that neither he nor anybody else knew about. At last the colonists had a glimmer of hope!

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Niven has created a society , a police state which is heavily dependant on organ transplants for treating even trivial ailments. the rewards of the system are almost entirely lavished on the police ... Read full review

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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

Interesting view of how a sudden new technology can drastically alter the status quo. Enjoyable, but more action-adventure than needed, and less careful thought than required. Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Larry Niven received his B.A. in mathematics in 1962. His first novel, World of Ptavvs (1966), was a success and launched his career. Niven has won five Hugos and one Nebula award, testimony that his colleagues in the science fiction world respect his work. Perhaps Niven's most well-known creation is Ringworld, a distant planet that may be taken as a metaphor for Earth, as it was once great but has since fallen into decay.

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