Agreed. Some of the supposedly stand-alone novels of the Humanx Commonwealth help to understand people & places in the Flinx series. Which makes Foster's work alone a huge - and entertaining - undertaking. It took me years to work my way through it. The "science" is really questionable, but Foster is a great world builder.With Foster, you sort of need to read the peripherals to get the full effect of the Flinx novels. It helps to read the books on the founding of the Human/Thranx alliance to get the whole system in perspective, and Skua September's appearance in Flinx in Flux is a lot better to understand if you have already read the Icerigger Trilogy. I always wondered why he stopped writing stories in that universe. There could be some interesting things there (for example, since, by the time Tran Ky-Ky goes through it's next warm cycle, the Tran will have presumably started traveling in space, there are probably going to be THREE kinds of them, Cold Weather, Golden Saia, and an intermediate form (with the cold weather's heavy coat, but the Saia's lack of chiv and dan, since neither would be much use on a space ship or any other planted that DOESN'T have a nearly universal frozen ocean like Tran Ky-Ky.)
I googled 'space opera album' and found the album you're talking about! Good tunes! I liked it!No ! Space Opera released a self title album in 1973. Unfortunately for them the album went nowhere. I liked many of tunes on the album and I still have the original copy I purchased. LOL !
This Hoot sounds very interesting! It has several elements that we are all fascinated with, ---> esp. scary animals that can seal your fate! Like alligators! We have a NaGeo documentary about the everglades that we've watched many times for that reason. (Shark Week is popular here too). I googled 'Hoot' and the author's name & turns out some of the chapters are narrated on youtube! We all LOVE audiobooks and have been listening to them as a family for years, especially in the car - where we are alot. Coincidentally, I recently tried to get my daughter an audiobook subscription online (audible.ca) but one book per month for their monthly fee hardly seems like a deal. I see that Hoot is in their listings. I really need to find a good audiobook place. We'll need to check these books out for sure!I've been trying to not turn @heirloomgal 's post into a book recommendation one, but I broke down, again. Carl Hiaasen has seven YA books out. I've only read the first four Hoot, Flush, Scat, and Chomp. The fifth book I stopped reading when the adult's (helping the protagonist) foot was run over. Didn't know that there were two more books after that one. They are quite funny, but realize that the YAs in the books are often in danger of one sort or another and can get hurt. You also might have to have your kids read up on Florida, as all the books are set in Florida. I think Hoot was made into a movie.
Holes by Louis Sachar (also made into a movie) has good reviews and is on my shelf to read. I've also got Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith to read.
Eldest DD was reading before K. In 3rd grade her teacher created a reading curriculum for her.
She read series of books, including the Little House of the Prairie series, and the OZ series.
Oldies, but goodies and great and clean fiction for your kids.
And even THEN, there are a few questions I'd really like to ask Foster in person, like whether Tran can retract their chiv independently of each other (I assume they have to be able to do that, or turning while chivaning would be impossible (you can't turn on three blades side by side, that's sort of why rollerblades largely replaced roller skates)) , exactly how Tran ky-ky is pronounced (I've always assumed it was supposed to rhyme with Waikiki. All we know is that is isn't with hard "a"s for the y's), and how Thranx actually breathe (the fact they drown if their abdomens are submerged indicated spiracles like one would find on an earth insect, but the fact that they can breathe at their sizes on Earth would seem to actually require something like lungs, since passive oxygen absorption doesn't work at that scale.)Agreed. Some of the supposedly stand-alone novels of the Humanx Commonwealth help to understand people & places in the Flinx series. Which makes Foster's work alone a huge - and entertaining - undertaking. It took me years to work my way through it. The "science" is really questionable, but Foster is a great world builder.