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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (858 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. M. Stirling Narrator: Todd McLare Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lords of Creation Series Release Date:
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Marc Vitrac was born in Louisiana in the early 1960’s, about the time the first interplanetary probes delivered the news that Mars and Venus were teeming with life—even human life. At that point, the “space race” became the central preoccupation of the great powers of the world.

Now in 1988 Marc has been assigned to Jamestown, the US-Commonwealth base on Venus, near the great Venusian city of Kartahown. Set in a countryside swarming with sabertooths and dinosaurs, Jamestown is home to a small band of American and allied scientist-adventurers.

But there are flies in this ointment—and not only the Venusian dragonflies, with their yard-wide wings. The biologists studying Venus’s life are puzzled by the way it not only resembles that on Earth, but is virtually identical to it. The EastBloc has its own base at Cosmograd, in the highlands to the south, and relations are frosty. And attractive young geologist Cynthia Whitlock seems impervious to Marc’s Cajun charm.

Meanwhile at the western end of the continent, Teesa of the Cloud Mountain People leads her tribe in a conflict with the Neanderthal-like beastmen who have seized her folk’s sacred caves. Then an EastBloc shuttle crashes nearby, and the beastmen acquire new knowledge … and AK47’s.

Jamestown sends its long-range blimp to rescue the downed EastBloc cosmonauts, little suspecting that the answer to the jungle planet’s mysteries may lie there, among tribal conflicts and traces of a power that made Earth’s vaunted science seem as primitive as the tribesfolk’s blowguns. As if that weren’t enough, there’s an enemy agent on board the airship.

Extravagant and effervescent, The Sky People is alternate-history sci-fi adventure at its best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ralph McEwen | 2/18/2014

    " A interesting concept. The lack of plotting and intrigue are refreshing. Yet I won't be reading the second book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey J | 2/4/2014

    " I read it in the wrong order, Great Tribute to ERB's Version of Venus and throws in a nod to David Brin's view of Evolution and a certain Celestial People helping Humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason | 2/2/2014

    " Damn Good Book. Stirling is highly imaginative and does his homework. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/1/2014

    " Decent book, classic S.M. Stirling, if you've read any of his work before, you'll recognize most of the characters. It has a very '50s-ish pulp kind of feel but it's done on purpose and with the author's tongue firmly implanted in his cheap so I don't really mind. It's certainly no Dune, but if you're looking for a nice little adventure novel, this is perfect! "

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About the Author

S. M. Stirling was born in France but is Canadian by origin and American by naturalization. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time and, more recently, Dies the Fire and The Protector’s War. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.