SUMMARY Í The Tuvela


SUMMARY Í The Tuvela Ó It's the story of one young woman trapped on an island where the invading Parahuans are preparing to take over the planet her only allies three mutated and intelligent otters Her problem is to say alive long enough to get a message away from the island to the rest of the population and the warships of the FederationOugh to get a message away from the island to the rest of the population and the warships of the Federati. Read for the Yahoo Classic Science Fiction Book Club I got sucked in to this book from the first sentence It may have been written just after I was born but it didn't feel dated at all to me It was a wonderful adventure Everything moved at a good clip but it wasn't just action The alien planet the alien creatures the governments and sociologies of the different species were uite vivid and easy to visualize I am so excited to hear that this is part of a series and can't wait to read the others


Over the planet her only allies three mutated and intelligent otters Her problem is to say alive long en. The demon breed refers to the Parahuans aggressive diminutive amphibious creatures who perceive themselves as achieving perfection in all aspects of their live including immortality For seventy years the Parahuans has launched attacks on the several water worlds of the Hub a series of planets populated by humanity only to be driven back Since they are unable to explain why a perfected race would lose to a perceived weaker creature they hypothesized the Tuvela Theory which is that humanity must be protected by a superior entity ie the Tuvela Considering a new invasion or to abandon it forever the Parahuans have clandestinely entered the oceans of the Hub world Nandy Cline with their space ships and captured Ticos Cay an elderly pharmaceutical researcher isolated on one of this world's floating islands He is awaiting another researcher Nile Etland an exceptionally capable scientist knowledgeable of the various flora and fauna of Nandy Cline including their natural defenses When she discovers that Ticos has been captured and tortured to provide evidence of the Tuvela Theory she with the help of a couple of giant sentient otters to assume the role of a goddess to rescue Ticos and to defeat the Parahuans If she can only stay alive This novel initially serialized was published when I was 16 years old It is an example of the space opera genre made famous by such classic science fiction writers as John Campbell and Robert Heinlein If you are interested in the science fiction classics you must include this novel

James H. Schmitz ô 1 SUMMARY

The TuvelaIt's the story of one young woman trapped on an island where the invading Parahuans are preparing to take. Real Rating 35 of fiveI read this as part of a collection of Schmitz's work The Hub Dangerous TerritoryIn 1968 this book's original version appeared as a two part novella called The Tuvela which title I prefer in Analog magazine The author was at that time fifty seven He had spent most of his early life in Germany where his American family was based and his father sold International Harvester euipment He was the very rare optimistic writer of Space Opera whose characters were thrown into extreme situations; but they came from and one is left to feel returned to ordinary and reasonably pleasant livesThe main thing everyone latches onto however is the fact that a Schmitz Hero was as likely to be female as male And when I capitalize Hero it is deliberate and thoughtful A heroine is thrust into a situation where she must Rise Above her femaleness and save the day Schmitz had no time for suchlike goins on Nile Etland the Hero of this book starts out as the omnicompetent person she remains; her ascension to Hero status comes from her willingness to overcome her human responses to stress and thus save the dayShe was frightened; and knowing that now of all times she couldn't afford to be frightened simply was making it that much worse For moments her thoughts became a shifting blur of anxieties She tried to force them back to what she would say to the Everliving to anticipate uestions to which she must have answers It didn't work too well But the physical reactions faded gradually againShe's not a girl making girl noises as she forces herself to do what needs to be done She's a human being with human responses and she uells them in order to make the world safe for democracy or humanity or whatever I was clear that her fight against the enemy was about survival but never really cottoned on to the bigger picture until after the battleThe battle in uestion takes place on a water world that's been colonized by humans As we know now water worlds are common as pig tracks in the universe appearing in many if not most other star systems Like a Hot Jupiter and a Super Earth it's something our own solar system failed to produce or retain we can't figure out which as of yet Schmitz probably all unknowing unless he was a time traveler an eventuality I do not scorn to entertain given his attitudes posited the existence of a water world with a terrestrial atmosphere Nandy Cline's pelagic floatwood forests forever on the move about the watery planet where one narrow continent and the polar ice massifs represented the only significant barriers to the circling tides of oceanBeneath the surface they were linked by an interlocking net of ponderous roots which held the island sections clamped into a single massive structureSo or less they're pelagic mangroves on an Earth in Pangaean times That was nothing short of prescient in 1968 It's extra impressive given the fact that the man was born in 1911 Isn't that about the time the last plesiosaurs died out Nandy Cline is a part of a pan Galactic human polity seemingly similar to the colonial world of the Bronze Age Greeks and Phoenicians The ships of the Overgovernment are like the ships of the Athenian or Carthaginian aka Phoenician navies they fly the homeland's flag and suash the most egregious floutings of the social contract Of course being so far removed from the nuts and bolts of daily living the Overgovernment takes a necessarily broad view of what the social contract holdsThe Overgovernment evidently isn't interested in establishing a paradisiac environment for the harmless citizen Its interest is in the overall uality of the speciesIt's been a long time between wars Mavig said That's part of our problem How about the overall Hub reaction DirectorWe'll let it be a three day sensation said Sindhis Then we'll release a series of canned sensations which should pretty well crowd the Nandy Cline affair out of the newscasts and keep it out I foresee no difficultiesThat sounds grimly familiar doesn't it Your individual well being is none of their business but the functioning of human society as a whole is and a carefully managed business it is The plot of this book is well direct and pared down compared to what we're accustomed to in this age of book bloatIn brief Ticos said slowly the Great Palach intends to discredit the Tuvela Theory by showing he can torture the Guardian to death and add her to his collection of trophiesA very different type of mentality seemed involved A mentality which systematically tortured human minds and bodies leaving the victims degraded in death and carefully preserving their degradation as if that were a goal in itself Roles were distributed and the party set offWe could call that shorthand for much longer and possibly interesting scenes of character development Of which there is comparatively little for anyone except Nile She is notably endowed with powers of observation and analysis in abundances not ascribed to any other person or being on the page It was a novella when in came out so this is comprehensible It's not ideal in today's world and for once that's a shame because this story is one the modern marketplace would like with its gender neutral heroicsBecause this story takes place within Schmitz's shared worlds universe called The Hub there are connections to the broader story of humanity in colonized space This is dealt with in an end section I don't think it's exactly considered a chapter titled Conclusions of the Evaluating Committee of the Lords of Sessegur Chiefs of the Dark Ships—Subject The Human Parahuan Engagement of Nandy Cline This purports to be the minutes of a governing body's committee charged with the observation and assessment of species' behaviors and their conseuences as they pertain to larger issues of cohabiting the galaxy with the aforementioned Lords So this short tale assumes larger and resonant meaning in the Schmitzverse and therefore illuminates the true nature of all aspects of our existence We are not alone As we judge so we are in turn judgedand the judges aren't always known to usSobering thought that