Christopher Rowley (born ) is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and Starhammer was followed by The Vang: The Military Form and The Vang: The Battlemaster to form a loosely connected trilogy (all published by. As a last resort, the gentle beings used the Starhammer to smash the Vang spacefleets and homeworld, leaving but few survivors. For a billion years a silvery. Starhammer by Christopher Rowley is the story of Jon Iehard, born a slave in the brutal Laowon Imperiom. The Laowon are a species of.

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Christopher Thiele rated it it was amazing Jul 22, The laowon are racist bastards just like Hitler. Jul 31, Tudor Stephens rated it it was amazing.

As with much sci-fi the characters are not the strong point and there’s no great emotional depth to be found here, but, as with much sci-fi, there’s a wealth of imagination.

But after that–well, it’s thrill after thrill. Women are companions and confidents who often have as much if not more talent than the male leads.

If I was the editor for a dictionary, I would put this book’s cover art next to the entry for “genre trash. A bit later on, in England, I discovered the Victorian men of adventure stories, H. Starhammer was followed by The Vang: Jul 03, Azn rated it really liked it. Then the wandering planet was plucked out of the dark by the gravity of Pleione, one of the seven sisters of the Pleiades and fell into a distant orbit around the hot young, blue white supergiant.


Now I’m reading some Robert A. The aliens modify human DNA to create genetic mutations that serve their particular needs.

Christopher Rowley: Novels — The Vang Series

Add to that a good tempo and plenty of no etarhammer violence and you have a quick pleasing read. Bridget Kendrick rated it really liked it Feb 08, Eventually this form of life came into contact with the Starhammer builders. Lists with This Book. There it chanced across an alluring silvery object Human history cannot be explained better than this – “I’m sorry, my dear, but the history of our race starammer a tragic one, full of dreadful deeds and sad mistakes.

Christopher Rowley

Another possible influence was Jack Vance’s magnificent “Durdane” trilogy, with his remarkable “Asutra” aliens. Lovecraft and published by Seven Seas. Let’s hope we don’t ever develop anything like it. His novel Starhammer has been cited by computer programmer Jason Jones as an starhxmmer literary influence in the creation of the Halo video game by Bungie.

Educated for the most part at Brentwood School, Essex, England, he became a London-based journalist in the s.

The idea behind them was to update the “space opera” subgenre and filter into it some modern SF style. It is A brilliant, gory, action-packed science fiction epic that ended like a splash of cold water stqrhammer the face. Smarter than the average mollusc, Boo-boo.


While being swift and powerful and undoubtedly deadly, they lacked the intelligence to employ weapons. I wonder how nerds of this era, who frequently identified with Star Wars, could also identify with this.

Starhammer (The Vang, #1) by Christopher Rowley

However, this book was published in LynnMassachusettsUSA. In the s, Rowley switched to the fantasy genre with the success of his first novel for Roc BooksBazil Broketail. The aliens thought humans made good slaves and better pets, and they were fond of creating new breeds. Copyright Leigh Kimmel.

This is of course only a capsule summary of a book that has all sorts of gee-whiz wonderful ideas. Vang themselves were parasitic creatures who achieved symbiosis with certain kinds of reef animals in the ancient oceans of their homeworld.

From there, things get way out of hand. I suppose in terms of science-fiction there were a lot of interesting ideas for the time. Rowley’s first science fiction starha,mer was The War for Eternitypublished inthat won him the Compton Crook Award for best first novel.

Mar 17, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it.

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