The First Protector
Tor, 2000. Novel, 104,500 words.
Most film/TV tie-in novelizations are no better than they could
be, given their source material and the Old Pulp Pros generally
hired for such transitional hackwork. Once in a long while,
however, we have something worthy like Gene Roddenberry's (posthumous!)
TV series, Earth: Final Conflict, and its best print analogue,
The First Protector. White tells the story of Ma'el, a Taelon
scientist marooned in ninth-century (A.D.) Ireland. Ma'el
and several boon companions, including Captain Seosadn Uí
Nuallain,* set out on a world-spanning quest for knowledge that
will strongly affect future human-Taelon relations. "Since
this will be the last James White novel, it is fitting that it
is one of his best" (Morgan Llywelyn, speaking truth).
*Better known to history as secret-immortal Joe Nolan, of the
Belfast Science Fiction Group.
Synopsis by graham Andrews
Tor books, 2000, hardback.
Tor Books, 2000, paperback.
Ebury Press, 2000, paperback, ISBN 0-09-187330-4, £ 5.99
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