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A Place Beyond Man: The Archives of Varok

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A PLACE BEYOND MAN is a vivid creation of two alien species, disturbingly human in some ways but totally alien in their assumptions: the sensuous, amphibious ellls and the humanoid varoks, experiencing life with mindful awareness. How do twenty-first century humans react when they confront comparable intelligence residing in "their" solar system? A human biologist discover ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by iUniverse.com (first published 1975)
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Leela
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by my grandmother!
Bridget
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I absolutely hated the beginning but for whatever reason I pressed on. I'm glad I did because the focus shifted about 30% into the book and got a lot more interesting.

I very much enjoyed reading about Tandra's relationships with the aliens and her struggle accepting them and letting go of her human ideals. I also thought humans were described very accurately, more focused on their own satisfaction then the damage they're doing to their own planet.
To quote a conversation: "You can't convin
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Denzil Pugh
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having read Cary Neeper's second book, The Webs of Vorak prior to the first, it allowed me to first see the more mature creation before the beginning. Tolkien, in his essay "On Fairy Stories" talks about the creation of mankind, the constant need for making something, in emulation of God. Imagine taking a ball of play-doh, and, realizing that you could make anything you wanted, you set out to create a world. This, as Tolkien calls it, is Faerie. In The Neverending Story, it is Fantasia, and in ...more
Shomeret
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Since I read the original version of this book around 30 years ago, I can't remember specifics about it. I do remember feeling uplifted by it and loving the resolution.

I think that Tandra Grey, the human central character, did not have a daughter in the original version. Shawne, Tandra's daughter, is very central to Tandra's motivations in this version. That's entirely appropriate. A mother should think of the good of her child and put her first. Shawne is a vital addition to the novel's synerg
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Foster Buckman
i Actually won this book through good reads, as the reason why i have read this book. It wouldn't be my type of book to pick up on a book shelf but it was utterly interesting.

Ill jump strait in.

There are two alien species in the novel that make contact with humans. The amphibious ells and the humanoid varoks have been studying the Earth for a very long time, and each has debated when and where contact with a human should occur, and under what cirucmstances, if any. We’re introduced right from th
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Jason
"In the first book, A Place Beyond Man (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975), two other sentient beings who have long shared our solar system, and have been anxiously watching us destroy our world, decide it’s time to introduce themselves and help us right our course. However, humans' shortsighted nature dooms this initial effort to failure."

Hippie-esque SF novel, written by a female author and involving weird romance elements, that features two very different alien species trying to teach humanity an
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Nicki
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Won this through Goodreads' First Reads Program. I really liked this book. It was kind of a Star Trek-like book, kind of a criticism of the human's impact on the world. I finished it thinking about my personal effect on the planet. It's a very deep, impactful book. I'd recommend it to anyone! :)
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