|Plot Summary of Cuckoo's Egg|
After intercepting a spaceship of extraordinarily high capability, crewed by creatures from a world nine light years distant, the judge warrior, Duun-atani instigates the genetic engineering of a child from the last of the spaceship's crew. Dunn calls the resulting boy - Thorn.
Duun hopes that, Thorn, after becoming integrated into their society and, through the use of archive recordings found on the spaceship, will become sufficiently well versed in both cultures' traits, that he can mediate between the two if they should meet up, again. From Duun's perspective this could be at any time: neither he nor anyone else are sure of the spaceship's real capability despite having duplicated one, and Duun's people are incapable of speaking or interpreting the information on the recordings. It is hoped that Thorn will have inherited the means by which he can grasp the meaning of the recordings. Thorn has, so Dunn instructs Thorn to send a message. After which, they wait.
This synopsis report prepared by Charles Smyth
|Chapter Analysis of Cuckoo's Egg|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive
- search for identity/new understanding
- coping with mental/magical powers
Story involving clones/duplicates?
- good clones/duplicates
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- feelings of a human growing up among aliens
- a teen
- Domed/Underground City
- alien spaceship
- a space station
- futuristic human freighter/transport
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- unfriendly aliens
- big overbuilt futuristic city
- very controlled society
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a fair amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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