The Children Star

by Joan Slonczewski

Rank: 101
Series: The Elysium Cycle (Number 3)
Recommended by: Ada Kerman
Initial rank: 100
Fiction - Science Fiction / Fantasy

This novel is set on Prokaryon, a planet which humans are unable to live on without expensive biological modifications or protective equipment. The main characters live in a small religious household; their group takes orphaned children from another planet and modifies them to live on Prokaryon.

It seems from the way Prokaryon's ecology is structured that the planet houses intelligent life. But no one has found it, and a large corporation wants to strip-mine and terraform, which would only be illegal if there is sentient life there. If the corporation proceeds, the orphans will have been modified to live in an environment that no longer exists.


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