A Darkling Sea

A Darkling Sea

Book - 2014
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A diplomatic disaster erupts after a reckless adventurer and media personality is murdered by Ilmatarans, a blind alien race that lives under the ice-covered sea, threatening a new age of human explorations.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765336279
0765336278
Branch Call Number: SF Camb
Characteristics: 352 p

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callig
Jul 10, 2015

Great setup: 2 alien races squabble over a native species, and superior alien races creation, but author just isn't up to doing justice to his own ideas. It's like David Weber's Safehold series: great original premises, flat-footed execution.

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zipread
Mar 16, 2015

A Darking Sea --- by --- James L. Cambais. This is Cambais first novel: I hope he continues to write. This novel features a slew of engaging characters: the Ilmaratans, blind and lobster-like inhabitants of the ocean bed of their ice-covered water planet who live near thermal vents and who communicate by taste and scent and touch. Then there are the visitors from Earth who live temporarily on the sea bed, exploring this strange planet and finally, there are the Scholen who are intent on making sure the Ilmaratans and the Terrans never make contact but who, in reality, would really want to make sure the Terrans remain forever bottled up within their own solar system. The protagonists, especially Ilmaratian Broadtail is well defined as are the two leading Terrans. The potential characteristics of the off-world natives are well explored. The difficulties of first contact between Terrans and Ilmaratans is realistically depicted. There is lots of suspense here and interesting turns to the plot: how will all of this end? I guess you’ll have to read it to find out. Science Fiction fans, especially the more thoughtful ones, will enjoy this novel. So will others who are not self-confessed sci-fi fans.

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gstark123
Feb 23, 2015

Creating convincing aliens is perhaps the hardest thing a writer can do.

After all, they are so... alien.

Cambias did a great job the Sholen are plenty weird but the Ilmaratans steal the show.

A thoroughly enjoyable read and a great ride.

If you like great aliens, check out Julie Czerneda's terrific series that starts with Survival.

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JohnHy
Jan 01, 2015

I rate this as one of the best Scifi works that I've read. The Ilmaratan race is a wonderful creation and the author provides detailed characters.

The book unfolds in a uncomplicated way with minimal tech sizzle and only a few characters to keep track of.

My only negative is that I had hoped for a non-violent resolution but alas no to be.

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plotz25
Jun 23, 2014

I really thought the concept of two separate alien races and the human race put into a discovery/conflict was a clever idea. The ending was a bit lackluster but it could be great series

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