The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver


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Post May 26, 2011, 11:06:24 AM

The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver

My review contains spoilers, be warned.
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I was really confused by this story. So they decide not to go through with the mission because of bad dreams? I can get this, I really do, but no space was given over to their fear and apphrension, it was just two bad dreams and suddenly they kill the other crew member. I reread it three times to if I missed something, but I was still very confused. You have a good premise, but it didn't come off well, overall it was very incomplete.
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Post May 26, 2011, 01:24:38 PM

Re: The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver

Iskoday wrote:My review contains spoilers, be warned.
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I was really confused by this story. So they decide not to go through with the mission because of bad dreams? I can get this, I really do, but no space was given over to their fear and apphrension, it was just two bad dreams and suddenly they kill the other crew member. I reread it three times to if I missed something, but I was still very confused. You have a good premise, but it didn't come off well, overall it was very incomplete.


I don't think "they" killed the other crew member -- I think the planet did. This seemed to confirm what the dreams had been telling them -- the place WAS too good to be true, and in fact was full of threats that only became apparent when they caused injury or death. The crew decided to take the hint and cross the planet off the "potential new home for humanity" list. (Of course, it might have been a great place to send people that you wanted to remove from the gene pool...)
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Post May 26, 2011, 06:32:23 PM

Re: The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver

I liked the author's style of writing - very Clean. However - If Miller and Jamerson had talked with each other at all they would have seen that their dreams weren't foretelling a possible future - because the dreams conflicted.
Miller's dream had the mission coming apart during the descent in the Lander (I wondered about the capital 'L' because we don't say "I went for a ride in the Car" so why would it be a proper noun?). Jamerson's dream had Miller and Jamerson safely landing on the planet - and then the whole acid thing happening.
I think it was just pre-landing butterflies - something that would have been resolved in the mandatory, daily psych session with the computer program (always a good idea!)
I don't think that even an acid rain could keep Earthmen off completely - if they needed a new home. People are pretty resilient and aggressive - a whole lot of Englishmen & Spaniards were killed while overtaking the Americas, but more of them kept coming, in spite of it.
Also - just as the clouds surrounding our planet are blue/gray for a reason, so purple swirling clouds would have carefully been checked out by the scientists. If it was raining acid on the surface - the scientists would have known about it.
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Post May 27, 2011, 10:30:48 PM

Re: The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver

The story reminded me of an old "Star Trek" episode in which a group of hippie types boarded the Enterprise, and eventually forced their way to a planet that they called Eden.

If I remember correctly, once on the planet all the fruits were acid filled, and the grass burned their skin. It was anything but Eden.

The writing was okay, and word choices good.

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Post May 30, 2011, 11:51:31 PM

Re: The Friendly Planet by Dave Weaver

I also found this one confusing. Maybe some kind of psychosis?

It made me think of an old Bradbury story, of some spacemen landing on a planet, and some of them being killed, whilst others find it a paradise -- it was all in their attitudes.

Sorry, Dave, but you need to clarify this a little better.
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