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The Other Likeness   By: (1911-1981)

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The Other Likeness by James H. Schmitz is a remarkable science fiction novel that grips the reader from beginning to end. Set in a distant future, the story takes place on a remote planet inhabited by various alien species and a group of humans working in a research station. The plot follows the protagonist, Dr. Nile Etland, a brilliant but unconventional scientist who finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and danger.

From the very first page, Schmitz skillfully immerses the reader in a vividly imagined world. His attention to detail and ability to create a rich and diverse alien environment is truly impressive. Each alien species is meticulously described, showcasing their physical attributes, unique cultures, and intricate social structures. This meticulous world-building adds depth and authenticity to the story, making the reader feel as though they are truly exploring an alien planet.

The characters in The Other Likeness are remarkably well-developed and engaging. Dr. Nile Etland is a complex and relatable protagonist, with her own quirks and flaws. Her intelligence, courage, and determination make her an endearing character, and the reader can't help but root for her throughout her journey. The supporting cast is equally compelling, with a mix of humans and aliens, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations.

The narrative unfolds at a steady pace, blending suspense, mystery, and action seamlessly. The plot twists and turns, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat, and the author's skillful pacing ensures that the story never loses momentum. The Other Likeness is a masterclass in storytelling, as Schmitz expertly weaves together various plot threads and subplots, creating a cohesive and captivating narrative.

One standout aspect of the novel is the exploration of themes such as identity, prejudice, and the nature of humanity. Schmitz raises thought-provoking questions about what it truly means to be human and challenges the reader to ponder their own assumptions and biases. These deeper layers of meaning add a profound and intellectual dimension to the story, elevating it beyond a mere science fiction adventure.

If there is one minor flaw to mention, it would be that some readers might find the technical jargon and scientific explanations a bit dense at times. However, Schmitz manages to balance this with engaging dialogue and a fast-paced plot, making it a minor quibble in an otherwise stellar work.

Overall, The Other Likeness by James H. Schmitz is a gripping and thought-provoking science fiction novel that deserves a place among the classics of the genre. With its richly imagined world, compelling characters, and intelligent storytelling, it is a must-read for any fan of science fiction. Schmitz's mastery of the genre shines through, and the novel leaves a lasting impression, lingering in the reader's mind long after the final page has been turned.

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There is a limit to how perfect a counterfeit can be a limit that cannot be passed without an odd phenomenon setting in....



When he felt the sudden sharp tingling on his skin which came from the alarm device under his wrist watch, Dr. Halder Leorm turned unhurriedly from the culture tray he was studying, walked past the laboratory technician to the radiation room, entered it and closed the door behind him. He slipped the instrument from his wrist, removed its back plate, and held it up to his eye.

He was looking into the living room of his home, fifty miles away in another section of Orado's great city of Draise. A few steps from the entry, a man lay on his back on the carpeting, eyes shut, face deeply flushed, apparently unconscious. Halder Leorm's mouth tightened. The man on the carpet was Dr. Atteo, his new assistant, assigned to the laboratory earlier in the week. Beyond Atteo, the entry from the residence's delivery area and car port stood open.

Fingering the rim of the tiny scanner with practiced quickness, Halder Leorm shifted the view to other sections of the house, finally to the car port. An empty aircar stood in the port; there was no one in sight.

Halder sighed, replaced the instrument on his wrist, and glanced over at a wall mirror... Continue reading book >>

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