|Orn (1970) [Novel]|
by Piers Anthony
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Series: Of Man and Manta
The trio of scientists had been ordered to survey the planet's flora, fauna and mineral resources, and from the very beginning of their mission everything they observed led to one startling conclusion- the mysterious world was virtually identical to with the Earth of the Paleocene period, 70 million years ago at the very dawn of the age of mammals.
Their names were Cal, Veg and Aquilon, the most resourceful- and rebellious- of Earth's explorers, and with them came four alien companions, the mantas. The mantas possessed the keenest senses of any creatures in the universe, a gift which immediately saved the mission from complete disaster.
But just as incredible as the dinosaurs was another creature they were soon to meet- Orn, a man-sized bird who belonged to the most advanced species ever to develop on this world. Unsurpassed racial memory enabled Orn's mind to reach millions of years into the past, and it was his presence that led the three humans and the mantas to open revolt.
Determined to prevent man's destructive exploitation of this world, they must pit themselves not only against the creatures they wish to save from extinction, but also against the all-consuming greed of Earth's powerful authorities.
Original title: Orn
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Planets & Societies→ Ecological Systems