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The Sky People by S.M. Stirling
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Jun 22, 11

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***** "The Sky People" are explorers from Earth, on the first two nearby American and Russian settlements in an alternate 1988. S.M. Stirling creates a heroic space-western style adventure, with ambiguity of motivations to show humans/ aliens may be not strictly evil. Colorful vivid Venus has dangerous predators, including prehistoric giants - dinosaurs, sabretooths, flyers. A 1960s probe finds two kinds of humanoids, smelly dirty Neanderthals who drive away clean pretty hunters from their ancestral valley.
[Spoilers - When a Russian pilot crashes with modern weapons, his wife joins the American-based rescue team, including a secretly French saboteur. But their craft also crashes. Cannibal beastmen capture the Russian pilot, guns, then the defenders' lovely chief. Her brave Cajun admirer leads the good guys to win her and her home back. High-tech mind control, plus fossil, evolutionary, and linguistic evidence, hint at experimentation by earlier space-spanning aliens. The last chapter has at least one alive, so sequels are possible.]
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