New York : Tor, 2014.
352 pages ; 22 cm
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.
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Library Journal Review
|On the planet of Ilmatar, a team of humans have set up an underwater base beneath the thick shelf of ice in order to study the native life-forms that live in the planet's depths. They work under strictures that forbid any direct contact with the -Ilmatarans, strictures put in place by the alien Sholen, who believe that humanity is too dangerous to be allowed loose on the galaxy. When one of the humans gets too close and is captured and killed by an Ilmataran, the Sholen intervene. But the human team won't leave Ilmatar quietly. -VERDICT Guerilla warfare at the bottom of the sea makes for an exciting sf adventure, but most of the interest comes from the aliens that Nebula-nominated short story writer Cambias has created in his debut novel rather than the bland human characters. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.|
Publishers Weekly Review
|In Cambias's vivid hard SF debut, humans land on the oceanic world of Ilmatar to study its indigenous population of intelligent aquatic creatures. The Terran scientists successfully avoid contact until a "shameless media whore" secretly films the Ilmatarans, resulting in disastrous first interactions. The incident leads to the appearance of a second alien race, the hairless, six-limbed Sholen, who arrive on Ilmatar ostensibly to identify the cause of the unfortunate inter-species encounter and prevent further mishaps. Opinion on the Sholen home world regarding "the Terran problem" is divided-some wish to avoid any involvement while others want to ensure that humanity is confined to Earth-and that debate plays out on Ilmatar in a satisfying blend of political intrigue, military posturing, and shifting alliances. Cambias paints imaginative, convincing portraits of the Ilmatarans, who struggle to impose order on their primitive and violent agrarian society, and the Sholen, whose self-identification as "compassionate" and "nurturing" masks a capacity for savagery. Cambias writes with a light touch and occasional flashes of humor, and the science supporting his novel is sound and unobtrusive. This is an impressive debut by a gifted writer. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.|
|<p>On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.</p> <p>But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.</p> <p>Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives--and the future of human exploration--is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.</p>|
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