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The Rains of Eridan

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
When Eridan is researched for possible human colonization, carnivorous cryptobiotic creatures emerge during the rains on the planet and terrorize the scientists of Base Three.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published February 28th 1979 by Avon Books (first published 1977)
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Jul 18, 2012 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A scientist is camping out alone during a month+ research stint on a little-explored planet when she hears an unexpected shuttle land nearby. Investigating, she witnesses the murder of two highly-ranked individuals from another base by their own personnel. When the mutineers depart, she finds that they have left behind the dead Orlovs' young daughter, Karen. Karen tells Theo of a strange, disease-like Fear that causes people to behave in violent and erratic ways. Has the Fear spread to other bas ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid, and checked it out of the library countless times. I'd forgotten its author, title, characters' names, and every other identifying feature, but recently managed to track it down. When I did, it was just as good as I'd remembered. It's scary, creepy, and sweet. Its themes - female mentorship, sympathy for the Other, the scientific method, awe of nature, and the power of backcountry hiking - are still important to me today. Reading this book was like looking through a t ...more
Patrick Kavanagh
Sep 23, 2010 Patrick Kavanagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books (and authors!) as a kid... probably read this sevral times in 5th or 6th grade.
I spent a lot of time trying to track down all of H.M. Hoover's books. She wrote science fiction that was focused on the humanity and characters rather than technology or action.
Bex Godfrey
An interesting tale of Ho humans can mess things up just by being there, eventually putting their own lives in danger for material wealth
Jul 14, 2016 Otessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, shame on me for not being able familiar with this author earlier. I'm enjoying her language, thoughtful characters, & world-building immensely. About to swan-dive into the rest of her books.
Nov 27, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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