By Piers Anthony
The trio of scientists were ordered to survey the planet's vegetation, fauna and mineral assets, and from the very starting in their challenge every little thing they saw resulted in one startling conclusion-the mysterious international was once nearly exact with the Earth of the Paleocene interval, 70,000,000 years in the past on the very sunrise of the age of mammals! Their names have been Cal, Veg, and Aquilon, the main resourceful-and rebellious-of Earth's explorers, and with them got here 4 alien partners, the mantas. unusual flying beings, half-animal, half-fungus, the mantas possessed the keenest senses of any creatures within the universe, a present which right away stored the venture from entire catastrophe. Detecting robust vibrations coming from an excellent distance, the mantas warned the people, and Cal discovered that it may suggest just one factor: an earthquake-one big enough to provide a tidal wave that may completely inundate the small island the place that they had arrange camp. Veg, the most powerful member of the group, developed a crude crusing raft, and the get together placed out to sea to flee the doomed island. It used to be the start of a tremendous sequence of adventures which might cause them to discoveries as momentous as they have been lethal. crusing for weeks, the raft took them to a zone greatly assorted from the island they'd left at the back of. And while a brachiosaurus, supposedly extinct within the Paleocene interval, approximately swamped the raft, they knew they'd reached a space of beneficial clinical value-an remoted enclave of the Cretaceous interval the place the entire spectrum of the golden age of reptiles used to be current! yet simply as amazing because the dinosaurs was once one other creature they have been quickly to meet-Orn, a man-sized fowl who belonged to the main complex species ever to advance in this global. Unsurpassed racial reminiscence enabled Orn's brain to arrive thousands of years into the prior, and it was once his presence that led the 3 people and the mantas to open insurrection. made up our minds to avoid man's harmful exploitation of this international, they have to pit themselves not just opposed to the creatures they need to avoid wasting from extinction, but additionally opposed to the all-consuming greed of Earth's robust specialists. As wealthy in medical aspect because it is in breathtaking pleasure, Orn is a masterwork of the mind's eye and a tribute to the inventive genius of Piers Anthony.
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I hope there is a survivor to tell the tale," he said morosely. It required four hours of strenuous group labor to load their supplies and tie everything down. Cal had to agree that it would not have been feasible to convey everything to the undersea tunnel in that period. They would have had to sustain a serious loss of supplies, unless the wave were minor. But Circe could probably not have detected the advance tremors of a minor one. Perhaps this raft, fragile as it seemed, was the best alternative.
Star did. Three to three. " And of course Veg went forward. The issue had been decided, and-what was far more significant-the mantas had voted as individuals. The party of seven was about to travel, and Cal was glad. Chapter 7 Orn Time was long, yet it was nothing, for he only wandered and grew. He crossed inland mountains-the kind that developed from shifts and buckles of the ground, rather than from ash and lava-and plains and swamps, bearing east. Though he ran his limit each day, stopping only to feed himself, the summer was waning before he reached the new ocean formed from the widening chasm between land fragments.
We could have weathered that," Veg remarked. Cal kept his peace. He knew what was coming, and his mind's eye augmented the visible traces. The wave was rising on the shallows leading up to the island, the same submarine slant they had walked up from the tunnel. from the look of it there was a fairly extensive submerged reef angling across the path of the tsunami shock wave. Near the island the rolling swell became a peaked wave at last, showing a tumbling white crest and emitting an increasing roar.