Publisher: Open Road
Publishing Date: January 2017 (1958)
Publishers Description: Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man, a Jesuit priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He doesn’t feel any genuine conflicts in his belief system—until he is sent to Lithia.
Review: An oldy but a goody. Still a meh for me. p.s. Don’t read the forward by Greg Bear as it gives the novel away.
UPDATE: Ok, I was asked why I did not do an extended review, so I am back to address my failure(s). The writing was good, the aliens were kind of alien but not, the moral dilemma conceived by one man was not enough to astound or even develop a belief that could shake ones foundations to the extent portrayed. The alien planet was really well done, yet no time was spent delving into it as most of the story line revolved off world with a theologian/Jesuit biologist. The Jesuit’s inclinations and thoughtful summaries were plagued with biased world views which was the foundation of the novel. And that’s me meh.