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Ice Crown by Andre Norton

Ice Crown (1970)

by Andre Norton

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This is rather unusual in Norton's science fiction in that the focus of the story is Roan Hume, a young female from an interstellar civilisation on the trail of Forerunner technology along with her cousin and uncle. Rather than technology failing the humans as is more usual in Norton's books, this book sees Roane being affected by the machinery that kept Clio mured in technological backwaters so much that she takes the side of the locals when it becomes a face-off between her Service oaths and the friendships she finds on this world. ( )
  JohnFair | Mar 26, 2012 |
i started this book thinking that i wouldn't like it, but i was pleasantly surprised. it's been a few years since i read some real anthropological sci-fi, and i'm glad i did. i thought the story was very well-paced, with description and explanation just where it should be. i get the impression that norton has a good sense for this type of rhythm in her writing - which is great to have in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. i haven't read anything else by norton, so i'm kinda lost with the forerunner references. i hear this is her best book, so i don't know if i want to read her other stuff. i see that she wrote 'the sioux spaceman'. yeah, i don't think i want to read anymore by her. but i might. :D ( )
  coolsnak3 | Sep 11, 2008 |
Offlas Kiel is looking for forerunner artifacts. On Clio he has a hope of finding some, it's a closed planet. Set up as a Psychocrat experiment it's an almost medieval world. When Offlas' niece, Roane gets pulled into the local politics, she has to choose between family and friends. She also has to choose between leaving the world as it is or helping it change.

An interesting read but not one of her best. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Aug 12, 2006 |
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A young girl accompanies an expedition to a planet settled centuries before by colonists who were left there to develop as best they could after their minds were cleared of all previous memories.

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