Eric Vinicoff

Teoksen Maiden Flight tekijä

9+ teosta 91 jäsentä 2 arvostelua

Tietoja tekijästä

Sisältää nimen: Eric Vinicoff

Tekijän teokset

Maiden Flight (1988) 45 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Weigher (1992) 35 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Spacing Dutchman (1978) 3 kappaletta
The Weigher (1992) — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
E-Dep [short story] (1977) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Men of War (1984) — Avustaja — 191 kappaletta
Microcosmic Tales (1944) — Avustaja — 147 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Codominium: Revolt on War World (1992) — Avustaja — 145 kappaletta
Day of the Tyrant (1985) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta
Guns of Darkness (1987) — Avustaja — 91 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Call to Battle! (1988) — Avustaja — 83 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Isaac Asimov's Mars (1991) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCVI, No. 8 (August 1976) (1976) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCVII, No. 10 (October 1977) (1977) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 6 (June 1975) (1975) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 11 (November 1975) (1975) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Das Blei der Zeit (1993) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Vinicoff, Eric



Two and a half stars. The science fiction part was interesting, especially for a post-war not-so-dystopia.
The 14yo girl kept making really annoyingly bad choices that luckily did not turn out as badly as they could have, though.
Dunno if I'll keep this one.
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VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
A foreign planet, where a race of sentient, big cats is the dominant species. They are not really social. Each holds a parcel of land which they defend and use as a source of food- hunting prey- but they also gather together in a rough town center to trade goods, advanced enough to have tools, a system of currency, and strict rules of conduct. But they're also still lethal creatures, and disputes which cannot be resolved by the Weigher- a key social figure who uses references to ancient codes and balances of debts between individuals to settle differences- are satisfied via bloody combat on a central field in the town. It's all very ritualized and bound by entrenched tradition.

At first the story is intriguingly different to pick up on- told from the perspective of the town's current Weigher, immersing the reader in the alien world. Then some strange creatures suddenly arrive- seemingly frail and unbalanced but possessing vast stores of knowledge which the intelligent catlike beings crave to acquire. I instantly recognized these as human explorers landing on an alien world. They offer their superior knowledge in exchange for being allowed to collect data- and the Weigher complies- after making sure the humans are following the rules of debt exchange in order to avoid insult and putting themselves in an unwittingly dangerous position. The Weigher gradually sees the humans as more than curiosities and sources of valuable information she can barter- but also as creatures worth protecting and friends. So when one of their new ideas threatens to disturb the balance of their rough society- in a way that surprised me, honestly, it seemed like such a small thing- events quickly cascade into a dangerous situation, and the Weigher is forced to flee into exile with the strange humans.

It was all pretty interesting. I wished for more, though- especially more about the wild counterparts of the sentient cats still living without language or culture in the forbidding Wild, and their custom of abandoning young, while some were recollected from the Wild and then after being taught to speak and act civilly, integrated into the society. I found I had the novella version of this on my e-reader, I really do want to acquire the full novel and read it again as a more fleshed-out story.
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jeane | Nov 19, 2018 |


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