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Midworld (Humanx Commonwealth #4)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,619 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
The peaceful inhabitants of the jungle planet Midworld must fight for their survival in this classic adventure novel from Alan Dean Foster

From the rich imagination of science fiction great Alan Dean Foster comes the story of Midworld, a Humanx Commonwealth planet that’s equally fragile and hostile. Covered by a lush rainforest, Midworld is home to a primitive society that
ebook, 214 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published 1975)
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3.5 to 4.0 stars. Another quality science fiction novel by Alan Dean Foster. This story (Book 1 of the Humanx Commonwealth series) takes place on an unnamed world where descendants of a earlier colony ship have evolved into a very symbiotic relationship with the world around them and there existence is disrupted by another ship's arrival to exploit the planet for commercial gain.

I thought the story was very well written, fast-paced and I thought the world-building was superb. A quality SF story
Nov 25, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Midworld’ is both an exciting adventure story and an allegory for the ongoing struggle between the natural world and the demands of industry.

It’s fast-paced and chock full of action (it’s remarkably violent in places, actually, but not gratuitously so). It would probably have made a fantastic movie if James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ hadn’t been so similar. (Some have suggested that ‘Avatar’ is little more than a rip-off of ‘Midworld’ but, generous soul that I am, I’m going to put it down to convergent
Kathryn Flatt
Aug 24, 2011 Kathryn Flatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! I first read "Alien" before I saw the movie because I wanted to desensitize myself for what I heard was in it. Then I came across "Midworld."

Now I love novels that surprise me with a revelation that sneaks up on the reader even though the clues were there. "The Mote In God's Eye" did that, as I related when I reviewed that book.

This one delivered a SURPRISE (all caps here). I won't spoil it for anyone who has not read it.

More recently, I saw the movie "Avatar" and realized that Mr
After you read this, tell me that Cameron didn't rip this off for 'Avatar'.

Just sayin'
Feb 03, 2013 Wormboy2000 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a professional biologist, I absolutely love this book and always have. ADF usually spins out okay though entertaining yarns. But this one is something special, with a real appreciation of how an alien ecosystem would work. Perhaps the best biological SF I've ever read. This is a theme that runs through all of his work, but especially apparent here.

Oh, and totally obvious that James Cameron ripped this off from ADF for Avatar. I read this in ~1980, and that it is the source material for Avatar
This is defiantly what Avatar should have been.
John R Cobb
Jan 23, 2014 John R Cobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midworld by Alan Dean Foster is one of my all-time favorite books. Set on, possibly, the most wonderfully described planet in the sci-fi genre. An alien world covered in a lush forest jungle half a kilometer deep. As you descend from the highest level of the canopy, each of the seven levels has its own unique ecological niche of flora and fauna. Three levels deep, a seemingly primitive native people reside. Strangely humanlike, they are endowed with certain physical features suited for their env ...more
Through-out the course of this book I was thinking of giving it 2 stars. Till the last 20 pages are so. That so rarely happens in bookreading, that the end somehow pulls it all together? That's what we all hope for when reading a book that drags, we stick with it, and so often we are never rewarded for our readers diligence.

Greedy resource seeking humans land on another planet, and get to work in leaching all the natural resources from it. The planet they land on, is comparable to a Rainforest,
Mike S
Sep 17, 2016 Mike S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
One of the better stories I've read by Foster (out of about 10), really well done, reminded me of Avatar, could easily have been the inspiration behind that movie.
Jan 27, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an pleasant & unexpected find! Surely this is the germ of the idea James Cameron developed Avatar from. More than germ, maybe. I'd tell you about it, but if you've seen Avatar there's no need. As always, Foster is a methodical writer. Is using the phrase "workmanlike prose" damning with faint praise? But the way I see it is, if you aren't one of those gifted with gorgeous, lyrical prose but still have good story ideas percolating in your head, then the best thing you can do is get y ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foster creates an excellent "full-immersion" experience with this world. Love his tongue-in-cheek style; a fun read.
Geison Pulga
Aug 01, 2014 Geison Pulga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é como um cobertor verde fagocitando o leitor.

Um planeta-floresta cercado de vegetação tão densa que é dividido em cinco camadas, os humanos vivendo na terceira, fugindo das criaturas aladas do céu e protegidos dos pântanos taciturnos da última camada.

Estes "humanos" são seres que evoluíram na primeira expedição ao planeta, vivendo em uma harmonia tão extrema com a natureza que acabam formando uma forma de simbiose com o verde.

Outro ponto interessante são os "furcots", e a forma que o
Feb 27, 2013 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. It follows the story of Born, a native of a planet overrun with vegetation, in which the plants can be just as dangerous (if not more dangerous) as the animals that live there. Born and his people know how to keep balance in the world, and give and take only as needed. However, one day Born and the other natives see a "blue demon" crash not far from their home. Born is the only native brave enough to find out what it is. It turns out to be some kind of exploration shuttle. Born ...more
Betty Jo Pritchett
I really enjoyed this book. The story follows a native named Born. Born and his people live on a world that is overrun with vegetation and crazy predators and animals. Always feeling like an outsider, Born struggles to find acceptance, respect, and even admiration among his people. After seeing a 'blue demon' crashing from the sky, Born explores the object and saves two humans from a flying carnivore. The plot line continues as Born brings the humans back to his 'Home Tree' and then journeys to ...more
Leland Gilsen
easy to see where some of the ideas for Avatar came from... a plant dominated world learning from the dead brains of humans (lost colonists)... exploiting the humans for its own ends.

Regular humans nasty exploiters and destroyers of resources, while plants live in harmony ... author forgets that plants exploit or die... all life does.

When powerful life needed to defeat the intrusive humans then Foster conveniently creates one.
Oct 03, 2014 Marco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed the story, that is fast paced and entertaining. I enjoyed the fantasy world that the author created, the original symbiotic relationship of the various species, and the everything but subtle social commentary of the role of humans in the destruction of our planet. This is definitely not a character driven story, because its characters are as dull and flat as they can get. Despite this, it is quite an enjoyable book.
Dec 23, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, originally published in 1975, appears to have been scanned from hardcopy, then converted to text. As a result, there are scanning errors that were not corrected in the editing process. Because of the errors, some of the usage of words becomes confusing, but not objectionably so. The book was re-released as an e-book in 2012.

The story is about a lost colony of humans on a strange world dominated by plants. Hundreds of years later, a new human expedition arrives seeking a drug that is e
Kerri Wuu Mann
This book made this author my favorite si fi author

You are introduced to another world and the people that live here. My son wanted to know more about mid-world after reading Mid-Flinx. This is the book that will answer some questions in Mid-Flinx.
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
An exploration of the Gaia concept - the biosphere as a sentient being that acts to protect itself. Humans living in harmony with their environment on a distant world come in conflict with industrialists who wish to exploit the resources of the planet.
Mark Hodder
Somewhat reminiscent of Aldiss’s HOTHOUSE, and reputedly an inspiration for Cameron’s AVATAR, this is a very atmospheric and engaging novel. The writing is fairly workmanlike, but the tale is a good one and the pace never flags. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mar 08, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I really enjoyed the premise and the setting created by Foster. Too bad the ending was hurried and formulaic.
Oct 01, 2012 Ilona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a group of beings on a far distant planet that are the result of a lost colony. They have evolved to fit the planet and all seems well until it is visited by humans with greedy ambitions. The story does a great job of telling how the problems with interacting with alien species is all about needing to understand the other person's viewwpoint. I have always enjoyed the authors Humanx stories and this one has an unusual ending that makes it stand out ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Tanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating take on a sentient planet. Couldn't put it down and reread it often.
Jul 07, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need to read again. I really enjoy Alan Dean Foster and to me this is his best.
Patrik Sahlstrøm
Outstanding ecological SF extemly well-written, highly recommended!
Nov 22, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1986 grade A-
2012 grade A
Ron Johnson
Apr 16, 2014 Ron Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Patrick Whitehurst
Short but good and I'm not sure I want a furcot now.
I really enjoyed this book and feel it is grossly underrated as a science fiction novel. It chronicles the story of a group of dwellers on a far distant planet that are the result of a lost or forgotten colony. This planet is again visited by humans and they encounter these people again. The tale is well told and relates the problems with interacting with alien species. It does not bode well for the invaders!
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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