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The Colonists   By: (1915-1994)

The Colonists by Raymond F. Jones

The Colonists by Raymond F. Jones is a thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores themes of colonization, societal structure, and human nature. Set in a future where interstellar travel is possible, the story follows a group of scientists as they journey to a distant planet with hopes of establishing a new civilization.

Jones expertly crafts a complex narrative that delves into the struggles and challenges faced by the colonists as they navigate their new environment. The author's attention to detail shines throughout the book, painting a vivid picture of the alien world and its inhabitants. From the lush landscapes to the unique flora and fauna, the world-building element of the story is truly captivating.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its exploration of societal dynamics. Jones examines the various ways in which the colonists attempt to recreate their Earthly way of life on this new planet. The clash between their previous values and the realities of living in an alien environment paves the way for engaging conflicts and deep introspection.

The characters in The Colonists are equally compelling. Jones expertly develops a diverse cast, each with their own motivations and personal histories. Through their struggles and growth, readers are given a glimpse into the complexities of human nature and the universal desire for survival and progress.

While the pacing of the novel may occasionally be slow, Jones compensates with his insightful commentary on the broader implications of colonization. The book raises thought-provoking questions about the ethics of colonization and the responsibility we carry as explorers of new frontiers. The author does not shy away from exploring the darker side of colonialism, shedding light on the potential dangers of unchecked expansion.

Overall, The Colonists is a gripping sci-fi novel that is sure to captivate fans of the genre. With its well-developed characters, detailed world-building, and insightful exploration of societal dynamics, Raymond F. Jones has created a thought-provoking and engaging story that will leave readers pondering the consequences of human expansion for years to come.

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By Raymond F. Jones

Illustrated by Paul Orban

[Transcriber Note: This etext was produced from IF Worlds of Science Fiction June 1954. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: If historical precedent be wrong what qualities, then, must man possess to successfully colonize new worlds? Doctor Ashby said: "There is no piece of data you cannot find, provided you can devise the proper experimental procedure for turning it up." Now about the man and the procedure.... ]

This was the rainy year. Last year had been the dry one, and it would come again. But they wouldn't be here to see it, Captain Louis Carnahan thought. They had seen four dry ones, and now had come the fourth wet one, and soon they would be going home. For them, this was the end of the cycle.

At first they had kept track of the days, checking each one off on their calendars, but the calendars had long since been mingled indistinguishably with the stuff of the planet itself along with most of the rest of their equipment. By that time, however, they had learned that the cycle of wet and dry seasons was almost precisely equivalent to a pair of their own Terran years, so they had no more need for the calendars... Continue reading book >>

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