Paperback | May 18, 2012

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Title:HOMECOMINGFormat:PaperbackDimensions:419 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 18, 2012Publisher:Baico PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926945867

ISBN - 13:9781926945866

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Distinctly Canadian Science Fiction! Review of Homecoming by Lawrence R. Newitt 2012, Baico Publishing Inc. ISBN: 978-1-926945-86-6 Homecoming by Lawrence R. Newitt is a science fiction saga that is distinctly Canadian. The Ottawa author has created a wholly credible story about a space age geographer who is stranded alone on a distant, icy planet. The scientific aspects of this book seem quite credible, although perhaps that is not surprising considering that Newitt is a retired geophysicist with a passion for astronomy. The book, which spans 400 pages, shows us how the main character, Garth Takahari, adapts to his new home, eventually learning the planet’s secrets. Homecoming is well structured and includes maps, a list of characters, places and creatures, a prologue and an author’s note. The main weakness is that there are minor spelling errors but hopefully these will be corrected in future editions. This book reminds me of the earlier work of Robert A. Heinlein, known as the dean of American science fiction writers, and it has the same level of believability. The author uses a simple style yet his descriptions of the planet and its people are very evocative. He has a talent for dialogue and it flows naturally from the characters. You can easily immerse yourself in the world Newitt has created. Things are not looking good for our hero when the space shuttle Garth and his five companions are travelling in crashes on a desolate planet. The mother ship is out of contact, his companions die and Garth becomes injured. Luckily he survives and is accepted by a nearby group of reindeer herders who live a nomadic hunter-gatherer life style. Garth eventually discovers what he must do to save his new world and embarks on series of adventures that put all his courage and talents to the test. But this book has an element of romance as well, as he finds love with an accomplished woman who also feels like an outsider. In the author’s notes Newitt explains that few people can conjure up an imaginary world without something to act as a guide and stimulus. “In creating the ice-age culture described in this book, I drew inspiration from the aboriginal peoples of the earth, in particular the Iroquois, the Sami, the Cree and the Inuit,” said Newitt. “Thus the Tasiimiut are reindeer herders like the Sami; they live in longhouses like the Iroquois; they make snowshoes like the Cree; they speak Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit.” Other influences include the native people of the prairies, the Arctic and the northwest coast. This aspect of the book, as well as an environmental message helped to make Homecoming a fascinating read. This book is well worth reading and will hopefully be followed by more!
Date published: 2016-08-01