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Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres. He is the author of the Star Wars novel The Approaching Storm. He is also the author of numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novel versions of several films, including Star Wars. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.

Foster's love of the faraway and exotic has led him to travel extensively. He's lived in Tahiti and French Polynesia, traveled to Europe, Asia, and throughout the Pacific, and has explored the back roads of Tanzania and Kenya. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, reside in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from a turn-of-the-century miner's brothel. He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects. Visit the author online at


The water-logged planet of Fluvia, home to the indigenous Sakuntala and the immigrant Deyzara, has finally achieved provisional membership in the Commonwealth-yet tensions between the two races produces constant problems for the Commonwealth's Chief Administrator, Lauren Matthias. When an eccentric human bioprospector goes missing in the planet's interior, Matthias sends a rescue team consisting of Jamunu-jah, a Sakuntala guide, and Masurathoo, a Deyzaran pilot, to bring the errant jungle explorer back to safety-provided they don't kill each other first. The latest addition to Foster's popular Commonwealth series provides another rousing sf adventure packed with action, intriguing human and alien characters, and a message of strength through diversity. A good addition for most sf collections, particularly where the series has a following. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Bestseller Foster's latest Commonwealth novel (Diuturnity's Dawn, etc.) offers the kind of sure-fire entertainment that keeps his fans coming back for more. On the distant planet Fluva, torrential rains that leave it barely habitable also make it a treasure trove of rare botanical specimens. When the human prospector Shadrach Hasselemoga crashes in a remote area, the only crew available to search for him is the warrior Jemunu-jah, one of the native Sakuntala, and the immigrant Deyzara trader, Masurathoo. This exceedingly odd couple-culturally different and physically repulsive to each other-promptly crash also. While the rescuers and the rescued are all slogging it out of the ultimate rain forest, the reptilian AAn empire is fomenting bloody trouble between the Sakuntula and the Deyzara. This leaves Commonwealth administrator Lauren Matthias in the hot seat, with refugees swarming in to her limited facilities and the bodies of the innocent piling up, with few resources to help. But it's the survivors of the rain forest who bring new knowledge that helps save Fluva, along with quick work by Matthias. The human characters are notably less developed than the aliens, and the AAn Empire is something of a straw foe these days, but the author's mastery of his exotic setting cannot be denied. (Feb. 4) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"A fast, fun read for fans of Foster's fantastic alien worlds . . . Driven by political intrigue and wilderness adventure, this is SF of noble vintage."--Booklist

"[A] rousing SF adventure packed with action, intriguing human and alien characters, and a message of strength through diversity."--Library Journal "Surefire entertainment . . . The author's mastery of his exotic setting cannot be denied."--Publishers Weekly

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