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The Alien Dark

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Out of the darkness of interstellar space...

The ahsin bey, a race of catlike beings determined to expand their territory, launch six vessels into deep space to search for an uninhabited world suitable for colonization.

Tahl d'jehn commands the Dan tahlni on a decades long mission to explore the Chai-te system. Studies show that Chai-te's planets are rich in the resource the
Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published December 15th 1990 by TSR (first published December 1990)
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Norma Gunhouse
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago, and foolishly gave my copy to someone else. Now, the tale keeps coming back to me, and I want to read it again.
These aliens are not just humans dressed up in costume. They are sympathetic creatures, I can bond with, but not anthropomorphized. Not weird for weirdness' sake, either.

In today's era of "climate change" fears, Diana wrote about it before it was a public political issue. Very thought provoking.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I've ever read. It's a tragedy she never did any more sci-fi.

Just read it again for about the 5th or 6th time and it never ceases to leave a huge impression on me of absolute awe and wonder. The ending is perfect, yet begs for a continuation. I just recently connected with Diana on facebook and she informed me that she has considered continuing the story and, in fact, has outlines done for 2 more books. Let us hope that she follows through on that.
Conrad Ledebuhr
This is a tricky book to review. Lots of cool sci fi ideas, even if they're not wholeheartedly original. Still, feline aliens being the only living characters, plus the different castes of alien mentality, is all good. However... There are two other problems. Number one, the disturbingly high amount of alien heat sex scenes... Honestly, any sentient race with this paralyzing sexuality shouldn't be thriving. Second, the book ends during what should be the best part... Begging for a sequel. Still, ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edge-of-your-seat reading. Rather than having one climax and resulting denouement, the story offers many delightfully climactic twists.
As the speculative future gets closer, the read gets more and more intense. It explores the mind as well as the future.
I feel ravenous for a sequel as there are so many more questions and possibilities to explore.
Maiken Hultén
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story and a lovely guide to humanity's worst and best qualities from an alien perspective. Very good read, would recommend to other scify enthusiasts. Interesting world building. ...more
Emil Gustavsson
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is intriguing and the concept truly gripping. But the characters are lacking in brilliance - not being developed fully until a new one takes its place in the story. To begin with, the pace and tension is excellent and some parts of the book is remarkably well written.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ppl with cat phobias
Recommended to PanzerBunny by: bff
Shelves: lll
I would love to see more from this author. The premise was not unheard of, however it stands uniquely in its strengths and style throughout. I think Diana's the Cat's pajamas and should leave us with something more to read post haste. ...more
Michael Sorensen
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Having Just read 'Boundary' by Flint and Spoor, I was immediately reminded of this Book which resides on my all time favorites list. The science and the emotion packed in this book made me cry and made me cheer. Anyone who loves Sci-Fi should rave for this one! ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Interesting personal drama was constantly interrupted by heavy-handed discrimination and very very bad sex/mating scenes. A torment of a read that had some good ideas deep down.
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Diana G. Gallagher is an American author who writes books for children and young adults based on television series. She has contributed to book series based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed, among others.

Born in 1946, in Paterson, New Jersey, she now lives in Florida with her husband, the writer Martin Burke. She sometimes also writes under the name Diana Burke.


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