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Book Title: Priam's Lens|
The author of the book: Jack L. Chalker
Edition: Del Rey Books
Date of issue: May 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780345402943
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.3
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This book has an interesting premise. Hyper-advanced aliens have invaded human-colonized space and are taking over human colonies one by one. They're unstoppable, they have some method of simply "turning off" human technology so that it doesn't work near them, and they're inscrutable - they cannot be communicated with and once they've conquered a human colony it's unclear exactly what they *do* with it. Seems like they just suppress human technology and grow giant "flowers".
Anyway, humanity's being steadily pushed back and are helpless to stop it, but our heroes discover that a scientist had been on the verge of developing a weapon that might work against the aliens right before his planet got conquered. So the adventure involves a daring mission to an "occupied" world to recover the secret from the ruins.
I really don't remember much about the details, though. We discover some odd things have been happening on the planet, and to the surviving humans still living there, but they weren't odd enough in my opinion. There was also a major flaw in the story's structure where we spend a whole chapter setting up how awesome human power-armor is even though it will play absolutely no role in the story and everyone already knows this at the time (human technology simply shuts down when anywhere near the aliens). Perhaps this was meant to show how people relied on their tech and enhance the struggle they'd face without it or something like that, but it just felt like a waste.
Overall, this story didn't focus on enough of Chalker's strengths and let too many of his weaknesses show through.
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Read information about the authorBesides being a science fiction author, Jack Laurence Chalker was a Baltimore City Schools history teacher in Maryland for a time, a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association, and was involved in the founding of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Some of his books said that he was born in Norfolk, Virginia although he later claimed that was a mistake.
He attended all but one of the World Science Fiction Conventions from 1965 until 2004. He published an amateur SF journal, Mirage, from 1960 to 1971 (a Hugo nominee in 1963 for Best Fanzine).
Chalker was married in 1978 and had two sons.
His stated hobbies included esoteric audio, travel, and working on science-fiction convention committees. He had a great interest in ferryboats, and, at his wife's suggestion, their marriage was performed on the Roaring Bull Ferry.
Chalker's awards included the Daedalus Award (1983), The Gold Medal of the West Coast Review of Books (1984), Skylark Award (1985), Hamilton-Brackett Memorial Award (1979), as well as others of varying prestige. He was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award twice and for the Hugo Award twice. He was posthumously awarded the Phoenix Award by the Southern Fandom Confederation on April 9, 2005.
On September 18, 2003, during Hurricane Isabel, Chalker passed out and was rushed to the hospital with a diagnosis of a heart attack. He was later released, but was severely weakened. On December 6, 2004, he was again rushed to hospital with breathing problems and disorientation, and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and a collapsed lung. Chalker was hospitalized in critical condition, then upgraded to stable on December 9, though he didn't regain consciousness until December 15. After several more weeks in deteriorating condition and in a persistent vegetative state, with several transfers to different hospitals, he died on February 11, 2005 of kidney failure and sepsis in Bon Secours of Baltimore, Maryland.
Chalker is perhaps best known for his Well World series of novels, the first of which is Midnight at the Well of Souls (Well World, #1).
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