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Dinosaur Summer (Paperback)

Author:  Greg Bear
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0759295840
ISBN-13: 9780759295841
Sku: 210598248
Publish Date: 12/22/2008
Pages:  324
 
Fifty years after professor Challenger''s discovery of the Lost World, America''s last dinosaur circus has gone bankrupt, leaving a dozen avisaurs, centrosaurs, ankylosaurs, and one large raptor abandoned. Now a daring expedition plans to do the impossible: return the Jurassic giants to the wild. Two filmmakers, a circus trainer, a journalist, and a young Peter Belzoni must find a way to take the dinosaurs across oceans, continents, rivers, jungles, up a mountain that has been isolated for 70,000 years... Then if they make it, all they''ll do is face all the prehistoric wonders, dangers, and terrors of the Lost World.
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This novel is based on the premise that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Professor Challenger had actually found living dinosaurs in the late 1800s, events which are described in several of Doyle's books. Now, 50 years later, the dinosaurs that have been brought into "civilization" are beginning to die off and an expedition is mounted to return those that still live to their natural habitat. Along on the trip are Willis O'Brian (the chief technician on the film "King Kong"), Ray Harryhausen (the real-life movie special effect master), a National Geographic photographer, and his son, 15-year-old Peter Belzoni, who is in for a summer that he will never forget.
Author Bio
Greg Bear
The son of a naval officer, Gregory Dale Bear had traveled widely around the Pacific Ocean by the time he was 12. He began writing stories very early, and by age 13, he was submitting stories to magazines. His first published story, "Destroyers", appeared in 1967. After graduating from San Diego State in 1969 with a B.A., Bear completed his first novel, which was finally published in the mid-'80s after extensive revisions. He was married in 1975, though it ended in divorce six years later. After more short-story publications, 1979's HIEGIRA became his first novel. Though a couple of earlier stories had attracted some notice from various award-nomination committees, it wasn't until 1983 that Bear's work was really noticed. That year saw the publication of "Blood Music", a complex tale of genetic engineering that won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Expanded into a full-length novel in 1985, it marked an important point in the evolution of the science fiction sub-genre of "hard science." As John Clute writes in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION: "It can be argued that the singular failure of almost all hard-sf writers to create noteworthy literature lies in their assumption that it is more difficult to understand - say - plasma physics than to understand human beings. The significance of G[reg] B[ear]'s...novels lies in the fact that his human beings are more difficult to describe than his physics." In 1983, Bear was married again, this time to Astrid Anderson, the daughter of another science fiction writer, Poul Anderson. Subsequent stories--award-winners like "Hardfaught" and "Tangents"--and Bear's next few novels, which included best sellers and award nominees such as EON, THE FORGE OF GOD, and ETERNITY, were capped by 1990's QUEEN OF ANGELS, a novel that bridged the gap between hard sf and cyberpunk. MOVING MARS (1994) and "/"--also known as SLANT--(1997) are both set in the same future as QUEEN OF ANGELS. 1998 saw the release of FOUNDATION AND CHAOS, book two in the Second Foundation series (the first is by Gregory Benford, the third by David Brin). The project expanded the universe described in Isaac Asimov's enormously influential original Foundation series. In addition to writing, Bear is an accomplished illustrator--some of his art graces the covers of his own books--and he has worked as a freelance journalist covering, among other things, the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Amiable, sometimes stirring incident-packed baloney: a yarn that screams 'I wanna be a movie!'" 01/01/1998

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0324
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