Avram Davidson (1923-1993) was author of nineteen published novels and more than two hundred short stories and essays collected in more than a dozen books, won the Hugo Award in science fiction, the Queen's Award and the Edgar Award in the mystery genre, and the World Fantasy Award (three times). His writings defy genre stereotypes and are filled with wit, wonder, and the bizarre.
In his science fiction novel Rork!, Ran Loman wants only to be left alone, to get away from it all. That's why he volunteers for duty on Pia 2, the most remote, isolated world in the Galaxy.
The problem on Pia 2 is redwing, a plant used throughout the galaxy as a medical fixative. Redwing grows ony on Pia 2. And lately, less and less is being harvested. Lomar's assignment: find out why, and do something about it.
The Station Officer tries to warn him that the job may not be quite as simple as it sounds. But Lomar has to find out for himself about the strange inhabitants of Pia 2 - the Tocks, the Tame ones and the Wild ones, and the mysterious, legendary "rorks" that everyone fears.
When a murder and a kidnapping send Lomar and a Wild Tock woman across an uncharted continent, Lomar gets rather more than he bargained for....
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Excellent Story Telling
The crisp, thought provoking plot kept the story moving at a nice pace.
His dulcet tones contained just the right mix for this story, conveying the wonder of this world, the dangers, but also the curiosity and naivety of the protagonist.
Builds into a great story, great characters
The surprises: not all of the speakers on the planet are human, the land has extraordinary features, the plot turns are sharp!
The discovery of what glows in the dark.
Gifted vocal delivery of an extraordinary range of creatures and characters.
Razor-sharp and relentless: Wait for it.
Although the story has very little movement in the first section, the novelist uses this section to establish the physical setting, some of his main characters, and the central issues and conflicts of his novel. Some readers may find this slow going, but stay on course--when the main character leaves the town, the pace picks up and the real fun begins.