|Voices of Heaven, the (1994) [Novel]|
by Frederik Pohl
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Barry di Hoa had the good life on the Moon: steady work and the love of a good woman. But a rival slipped him a mickey, and he next awoke aboard Gerald Tscharka's ship as it neared the colony planet, Pava, eighteen light-years away.
Pava was the frontier, complete with eathquakes, primitive conditions and hard physical work. The local "doctor" couldn't treat Barry's little manic-depressive problem without medicine from the Moon. And the Millenarist colonists, who thought suicide was cool fun, didn't thrill him.
Then he made friends with the leps. The large, caterpillar-like, odd-speaking gentle beasts were helping the humans to fashion a life on their planet. In their strange way, they knew things about Pava that might make the difference in the colony's survival. He started to believe he could really enjoy life in this fragile paradise. Except Tscharka was up to something bad, something that would change everything. Barry knew only he could stop the mad captain, and the captain knew it, too. What neither knew was whether Barry could be manic enough to do it.
Original title: The Voices of Heaven
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Planetary Exploration and Colonization