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Cachalot by Alan Dean Foster
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Title:Cachalot
Authors:Alan Dean Foster
Info:Del Rey (1980), Mass Market Paperback, 275 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Ever read, Cover maybe done
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A mother-daughter biology team is dispatched to a water-world (Cachalot) to try to figure out what has happened to three floating cities that were completely destroyed. The kicker is that several hundred years earlier, humans helped to relocate whales from Earth to Cachalot - giving the planet over the whales. Humans are visitors on Cachalot - tolerated by the whales so long as they don't interfere with the lives of the whales. But the whales are the only ones who might know what happened to the cities.

A kind of "meh" story. A little sex. Nothing much silly or funny. The whole neurophone was so obviously going to be the thing that saved them, it wasn't even marginally surprising that it was used when it was. Even Pucara's duality was unsurprising. Even the romantic entanglements weren't resolved. The more I think about it, the more disappointed I am in the book. ( )
  helver | Feb 9, 2018 |
Another old favourite back in the 90s. Part of the Humanx series, set before the main Pip and Flinx books, this is a mystery set on the ocean world Cachalot where most of the remaining cetaceans live following the discovery of a serum that greatly expanded their consciousness. They tolerate a small human colony and permit them to harvest various marine products provided they do not interact with the cetacea unless invited to do so (cetecea have long memories and don’t like humans because of past genocidal activity).

The cetacea have formed societies based on relative intelligence (the toothed whales being the most intelligent, and the baleen the least), and their participation in their philosophical journey - the porpoises preferring to play rather than mess around with all this thinking stuff.

The human colony are largely based in floating cities, dry land being minimal and barely above sea level. The trouble is that several of these cities have vanished; leaving no survivors and no real clue about what has happened. So a group of experts has been sent to find out what has happened.

No real mystery here; it’s fairly obvious who did it (especially if you own the original paperback), the main twist being the reason why. It does have elements that would appeal to modern readers in the interactions between cetacea and humanity even though the book was first published in 1980.
  Maddz | Feb 5, 2018 |
After being almost hunted to extiction a way was found to allow the Cetaceans of earth to full utilize their minds. A thousand years later they have been settled to the world of Cachalot. Man is only allowed on Cachalot at their sufference. However; something is destroying the floating towns. A good book but there are some great leaps taken by the characters and they never really feel fully developed. ( )
  dswaddell | Aug 18, 2010 |
In the far future, whales and other creatures from Earth's seas have been relocated to the ocean planet of Cachalot. Something or someone is destroying the few human towns, and the humans and whales have to cooperate to find out who or what. I enjoyed this one. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 24, 2009 |
The floating cities on the planet Cachalot are there due to permission given by the cetaceans (whales and dolphins) which own the world...so why have the whales apparently begun to destroy them? And why, when asked, do they not know the answer themselves? ( )
  WingedWolf | Apr 21, 2006 |
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Mustapha Ali sat on the end of Rorqual Towne and was not seasick.
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    SEAWORLD

A guilt-ridden Earth had turned Catchalot over to the few surviving cetaceans as a perpetual refuge - a planet whose surface was one great ocean, where the remnants of the whales, porpoises, and dolphins could pursue their lives and perhaps even the development of an intelligence greater than mans'.

Humans on Catchalot were strictly confined to a few islands and the floating towns, prospering from the wealth of its sea. The cetaceans seemed to have forgiven the thousands of years of terror and slaughter they had suffered - some had even befriended selected humans.

But something was destroying the towns of Catchalot - leaving no clue ... and no survivors
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    MISSION PERILOUS

Inside the creature several glowing, green bubbles floated. within those bubbles were a dozen people. Cora could see they were screaming, but could hear nothing through the hull of the submarine.

A bubble drifted nearer and, horrified, Cora recognized the short, dark-skinned man within, He flailed at the film of the bubble, and his eyes were wide and desperate.

As the creature moved away from the viewport, the bubble moved toward the epidermis, then passed through the skin and immediately burst under the tremendous pressure.

The man imploded before he could drown!
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