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The Eye of the Queen

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Marius Thorndyke, the legendary contact linguist, willingly came out of retirement to meet with the Pe-Ellians when they asked for him & he willingly returned to Pe-Ellia at their request. He was a veteran of contacts with alien species, but they had always been technologically inferior to Earth. The Pe-Ellians were different. Humanoid but twice the height of humans &a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 19th 2001 by Victor Gollancz (first published 1982)
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Dec 14, 2014 Ghoule rated it liked it
Philipp Mann, un auteur néo-zélandais dont je n'avais jamais entendu parler, nous livre ici une tranche fort étrange de la SF spécialisée dans les relations interespèces.

L'Oeil de la reine, qui relate l'histoire de la rencontre entre l'Humanité et la forme de vie la plus étrange qui soit, les Pe-Ellians, m'a fait penser dans le concept à la SF française des années 50-70, à Stefan Wul notamment.

C'est assez rare en fait qu'un récit aborde de plein front la question de la rencontre entre deux espèc
Roddy Williams

When legendary linguist Marius Thorndyke visits the bizarre planet of Pe-Ellia, he is inexorably sucked into the local way of life… of sex… of death.

Nearly twice our size, powerful, intelligent, skin-changing yet roughly humanoid, the alien Pe-Ellians are vulnerable – and deadly…’

Blurb from the 1984 Panther paperback edition

Mann’s astonishing debut novel tells the story of linguist Marius Thorndyke’s visit to the planet Pe-Ellia, accompanied by his assistant, Th
Aug 26, 2014 Thomas rated it it was ok
This one defines the word lugubrious. It wants to seem old-fashioned, but it ends up just being old-fashioned.
Mar 21, 2010 Raj rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a great book of first contact between a humanity well versed in first contact with primitive races and their first ultra-advanced alien race. The aliens ask for the planet's leading contact linguist -- Marius Thorndyke -- by name and he willingly goes to their world to learn about them and their mysterious society.

The book is in the form of Thorndyke's diary entries, with commentary by a fellow linguist who came with him and it worked well. The aliens were strange enough to deserve the
Megan Kelosiwang
Dec 10, 2014 Megan Kelosiwang rated it it was ok
A strange science fiction story set in a future time of cross-cultural interaction between alien species. The story and concepts were explored in detail and gave a real sense of what this kind of future could be like. The concepts were fascinating and quite vivid but I still felt a bit disconnected from the characters even though there was a lot of first person passages.
Peter Greenwell
Nov 01, 2013 Peter Greenwell rated it it was ok
One for the deep and meaningful crowd. A good exposition of aliens, and the author does his aliens better than 95% of SF but...the whole thing reads as a lecture or a documentary. Where's the beef? Incredibly hard going book at times too.
Jun 05, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Quite a fascinating sketch of an imagined alien world. A bit too touchy-feely for me but unusual and interesting anyhow.
Aug 21, 2013 Jeremy rated it liked it
Rather dry and I felt like the majority of the book was never going anywhere. Then, just when it was, it ends.
Erik Graff
Dec 02, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mann fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
An unmemorable science fiction novel by a New Zealander about alien contact.
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Phillip Mann was born in 1942 and studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years but has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a theatre critic, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama.

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