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West of Eden

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A series of science fiction books that take place in a alternate timeline in which the reptilian dinosaurs did not die out written by Harry Harrison.

1) West of Eden
2) Winter in Eden
3) Return to Eden
Copyright © 1984 by Harry Harrison
for T. A. Shippey and
Jack Cohen

without whose aid this book
would never have been written

particular thanks as well to
John R. Pierce and Leon E. Stover
I have read the pages that follow here and I honestly believe them to be a true history of our world.
May contain spoilers
"Let us go home."
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I saw this hardback copy for four bucks at a used book store and picked it up because I couldn't leave empty handed.  It took a few years to get around to reading it.  It turned out to be entertaining.
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Cir 01-Jul-1984
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"A gripping adventure story of prehistoric men and women facing fearful odds... should appeal to readers who have enjoyed Jean Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses." - Fritz Leiber

"West of Eden is truly a bravura performance.  I predict that its popularity will rival Dune, to which I consider it superior as a totally realized extrapolation." - Thomas N. Scortia

"West of Eden is Harrison's best book in years, inventive, engrossing, and solidly based on what might have been." - Ben Bova

Sixty-five million years ago, a disastrous cataclysm exterminated three quarters of all species on earth.  Overnight the age of dinosaurs was ended: the age of mammals had begun.

But if that disaster had never happened and the dinosaurs had survived to fulfill their evolutionary destiny, this is what the world might have been.  The world West of Eden.

Harry Harrison, a modern master of imaginative fiction, has created a gripping, vividly rendered epic of prehistory about the tragic, inevitable clash of two mighty races: the Yilane, cold-blooded intelligent reptiles who have dominated the earth and the Tanu, warm blooded humans like ourselves, a proud, fierce hunting clan destined to oppose them.

West of Eden is the remarkable odyssey of Kerrick, a young Tanu hunter captured by the Yilane and raised as one of them by their ruthless matriarch.  As he grows to manhood, Kerrick is schooled in the strange customs, exotic biological sciences, and rigid caste structure of Yilane culture, and for a time all but forgets his heritage.

When at last he escapes and rejoins his people, Kerrick is at first an outcast.  Then, among his tribesmen, he finds love and begins a family, and rises to become the leader of the Tanu.  As Yilane raids threaten the future of the Tanu, Kerrick leads his clan on an arduous trek to unite the human tribes in a confrontation with their enemy that will alter forever the course of history.

A fascinating and deeply moving saga of two cultures fated to struggle for control of the earth,  West of Eden is also a scientifically accurate projection of what could have been the true history of our world.  Throughout this powerful story, and in a detailed appendix, "The World West of Eden,"

Continued on back flap.

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Harry Harrison brings to life the grology, biology, cultures, and languages of this incredible world, working in collaboration with an international team of scientific experts, including Dr. Jack Cohen, research biologist at the University of Birmingham, England; Dr. John R. Pierce, Professor of Engineering at California Institute of Technology; Professor T. A. Shippey, founder and chairman of the Language and Mediaeval Departments of the University of Leeds, England; and Dr. Leon E. Stover, Anthropoligist and Sinologist of Ilinois Institute of Technology.

HARRY HARRISON is one of the most successful and respected authors of speculative fiction writing today.  In a career that spans over three decades, Harry Harrison has written more than a dozen novels including Deathworld, Skyfall and the anti-utopian classic Make Room! Make Room!, basis for the film Soylent Green, as well as numerous short stories.  Harrison worked as a commercial artist, art director, and editor before turning to writing full time.  A past president of the World Science Fiction Association, he is also a noted anthologist, editing the acclaimed Nova series and co-editing the highly praised Decade and Year's Best SF volumes with British author Brian Aldiss.  Harry Harrison was born in Stamford, Connecticut, has made his home in Mexico and in several European countries over the years, and now lives in Ireland.
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