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Orn The trio of scientists had been ordered to survey the planet s flora fauna and mineral resources and from the very beginning of their mission everything they observed led to one startling conclusion

  • Title: Orn
  • Author: Piers Anthony
  • ISBN: 9780380409648
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The trio of scientists had been ordered to survey the planet s flora, fauna and mineral resources, and from the very beginning of their mission everything they observed led to one startling conclusion the mysterious world was virtually identical with the Earth of the Paleocene period, 70,000,000 years ago at the very dawn of the age of mammals Their names were Cal, Veg, aThe trio of scientists had been ordered to survey the planet s flora, fauna and mineral resources, and from the very beginning of their mission everything they observed led to one startling conclusion the mysterious world was virtually identical with the Earth of the Paleocene period, 70,000,000 years ago at the very dawn of the age of mammals Their names were Cal, Veg, and Aquilon, the most resourceful and rebellious of Earth s explorers, and with them came four alien companions, the mantas Strange flying beings, half animal, half fungus, the mantas possessed the keenest senses of any creatures in the universe, a gift which immediately saved the mission from complete disaster Detecting strong vibrations coming from a great distance, the mantas warned the humans, and Cal realized that it could mean only one thing an earthquake one large enough to produce a tidal wave that would totally inundate the small island where they had set up camp Veg, the strongest member of the team, constructed a crude sailing raft, and the party put out to sea to escape the doomed island It was the beginning of an incredible series of adventures which would lead them to discoveries as momentous as they were deadly Sailing for weeks, the raft took them to a region vastly different from the island they had left behind And when a brachiosaurus, supposedly extinct in the Paleocene period, nearly swamped the raft, they knew they had reached an area of priceless scientific value an isolated enclave of the Cretaceous period where the full spectrum of the golden age of reptiles was present But just as incredible as the dinosaurs was another creature they were soon to meet Orn, a man sized bird who belonged to the most advanced species ever to develop on this world Unsurpassed racial memory enabled Orn s mind to reach millions of years into the past, and it was his presence that led the three humans and the mantas to open revolt Determined to prevent man s destructive exploitation of this world, they must pit themselves not only against the creatures they wish to save from extinction, but also against the all consuming greed of Earth s powerful authorities As rich in scientific detail as it is in breathtaking excitement, Orn is a masterwork of the imagination and a tribute to the creative genius of Piers Anthony.

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    About "Piers Anthony"

    1. Piers Anthony

      Though he spent the first four years of his life in England, Piers never returned to live in his country of birth after moving to Spain and immigrated to America at age six After graduating with a B.A from Goddard College, he married one of his fellow students and and spent fifteen years in an assortment of professions before he began writing fiction full time.Piers is a self proclaimed environmentalist and lives on a tree farm in Florida with his wife They have two grown daughterscmillan author piersa

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    1. Orn is actually much better than the first book in the Of Man and Manta series (Omnivore). (It could actually be read as a stand-alone novel.) Orn is a planetary romance about a group of explorers (three humans and four alien Mantas) sent to a world resembling Earth in the Paleocene era. The book is well-paced. For this book Anthony goes back to a more traditional narrative structure, avoiding a lot of the narrative issues that plagued Omnivore. While there are frequent changes in point of view, [...]


    2. ("Flintstones, meet the Flintstones")Couldn't help but think that maybe the three protagonists were uniquely well-suited for their environment in this book. Had no idea it was part two of a trilogy when I picked it up - it doesn't have the clearest launch out of the gate - but it stands on its own well enough.In other news, does Piers Anthony seem a wee bit sexist to anyone else?


    3. Orn is the second book in the 'Of Man and Manta' trilogy, following on directly from the first book in which a trio of unlikely human explorers were stranded on a planet with an ecology based on fungoid life forms. In 'Orn' the humans are dispatched through a portal to an apparently primitive, Earth like planet to explore and report on its suitability for colonization. They are accompanied by a group of Mantas - the intelligent fungi from the first book that fulfil the carnivore role in their pa [...]


    4. Orn is the second book in the Of Man and Manta trilogy by Piers Anthony. Veg, Aquillon, Cal, and the mantas are sent on an expedition to a world that is very similar to Paleocene Earth.Overall, I enjoyed this book. Anthony gives great descriptions of Paleo Earth complete with flora and fauna. The characters encounter an isolated enclave where a population of dinosaurs have survived through the Cretaceous. Some of the dinosaurs are described in depth, which I found quite interesting.On the way th [...]


    5. I loved Orn, and I loved the ethical dilemma presented by this book in the triology. The 3 human characters wrestle with whether or not to make a report that the world they are on would be suitable for humans. Hence the humans (omnivores) would come in and destroy the world, complete with dinosaurs and other interesting Cretaceous creatures. Again, the nerd in me loved all of the evolution talk and animal classification, though it might be a bit dense to someone else.


    6. A long, hard read. Very in depth about the end of the dinosaur era of earth. Went into as much detail about certain dinosaurs as the previous book did with fungus.Interesting shifts between the three human characters.


    7. The story was great and kept my attention. The ending hurt since the author's views on how humans treat the earth are spot on. There is no protection for pristine areas. I hope mankind grows smart enough to realize how little is left.



    8. My second favorite Anthony book, after Battle Circle. This was before his stage of writing funny fantasy, which drove me away from Anthony's work.


    9. Book two in a thrilling trilogy, this book opens the doorways of alternity even further as a trio of misfits faces a planet where the rules on earth simply do not apply.




    10. I read this book in a bit longer than 2.5 hours, faster than I might otherwise have finished it, had I not set out to read it all in one sitting. I've gotten too used to multitasking and not focusing for very long. I'd have taken a lot longer to finish a Piers Anthony book usually. He's so pathologically misogynist, and this book is rather dated, a sort of romp through the Paleozoic epoc with an intelligent, giant bird involved, using science from the 60's, so very early plate tectonics and real [...]


    11. Muddled is the word I'd use to describe this book. Perhaps that's unfair, since I didn't read the first book in the series. I actually quite enjoyed this book. I just couldn't rate it higher because the story (if you can call it that) leads to an ending that tells us it was all for nothing or at least the description of how it might have been for something was seriously lacking. The reason for this muddled story is so that Piers can shove his tree hugging in our faces. I am all for it, as I thor [...]


    12. I picked this up in a hostel book exchange, not knowing it was the second book, but knowing that I love Piers Anthony's Xanth series, so I would love this as well. I do wish that I had read the first book first, because it was very obvious there was an existing story already.Eh, I didn't really love it. Now, it was very obvious to me that this was one of Anthony's earliest books, his writing has definitely improved since this. The thing that frustrated me most is that the story itself is GOOD, b [...]


    13. This book was not what I expected. The ethical dilemma presented herein was inspiring and the nerd in me loved the science babble -- evolution, taxonomy, time paradox, and virtual worlds. The (sometimes) Piers Anthony fan saw this as radically different from anything you would expect from him. Even though this was obviously one of his earliest writings and doesn't indicate his usual whimsical humor, it certainly shows the potential of a great mind for storytelling and detail, even if the actual [...]


    14. A mediocre followup to Omnivore. Anthony became so mired in pre-historic ecology that he failed to advance the story in a meaningful way. The only thing that ket me interested was that he had two separate stories going on, switching between them both, and I wanted to see how they were related.





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