Humanity and creatures on an exoplanet are bound by tragedy.
Humanity tamed the solar system and their bodies using powerful nanomachines. Now, Oya Valette and a group of colonists are looking for a fresh start on an extrasolar planet. Soon they discover that their new home is already populated by hostile, extravagant creatures that share a tragic history, not only with the human race, but Oya herself. If Oya canít set aside her own prejudices and reconcile these two warring factions, both will become extinct.
About the Author:
Alex Hernandez is a Cuban-American science fiction writer based in South Florida, and the first of his family to be born in the U.S. His most influential experience with (written) science fiction was as a kid, when he checked out a collection of Isaac Asimov short stories from the public library and immediately connected with the authorís immigrant story. Perhaps because of that, the themes of migration, colonization and posthumanism permeate his work, which usually blend the subgenres of space opera and biopunk. His stories have previously been published by Bean Books, The Colored Lens, Interstellar Fiction and others. [MORE]
An introduction to Tooth and Talon by Alex Hernandez
"Tooth and Talon combines all of the ostentatious elements I loved about science fiction, interstellar colonization, cyborgs, genetic engineering, robots, dinosaurs but theyíre used in the service of an immigration story. Itís ultimately a story about starting over in a new land full of opportunity and peril. Itís about the cost of assimilation and itís deeply informed by my own familyís immigrant experience." - Alex Hernandez
"With his new novel Tooth and Talon, Alex Hernandez fulfills the promise of science fiction to envision new worlds, fantastic future worlds, and then through the force of its characters, convince you that this future is just on the horizon. The novel imagines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology can transform human society, providing us with wings and powerful life-extending nanobots. It holds these human modifications in the balance, and while they do not erase the human condition, they certainly make life more interesting! Tooth and Talon is a wonderful addition to the growing corpus of Latin@ science fiction. Firmly grounded in the history of the Caribbean experience, the novel delves deep into our quest to retain our humanity amidst technologies that threaten to overwhelm us. After experiencing the grace of Hernandezís language and storytelling, you will want to check out his previous short story collection, Transhuman Mambo, the stories of which seem to inhabit the same rich universe." -- Matthew David Goodwin, Editor of Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy
"A fun and inventive space opera that deals with important real world issues. Fans of the genre should jump into this one with both feet and not look back!" - Renae Moore, NetGalley
"If you're looking for something futuristic and somewhat alien, than this is the book for you" - Aurora Schnarr, NetGalley
"Tooth and Talon has interesting characters, an interesting plot and it's definitely worth reading." - Melanie Kimble
"Nice character building. The plot moves and never really comes to a complete stop. Could be a tad cleaner but I'm being picky.. I liked the characters and their interaction, none really got on my nerves, which again, isn't always easy." - J.B. Taylor, netgalley
"An interesting and curious space mystery with interesting twist and turns, Oya, and her fellow soldiers found themselves transported into a bundle of feathery mess, which was to be their new home..." - Emris Lindsay
"Believable science, interesting characters, conflicts created and resolved: make this a good first book for me from this author." - jdp, amazon
"I would recommend this novel for those who are lovers of the sci-fi genre and I look forward to reading more of this author's work." - Happy Customer, amazon
"Iím glad that I picked this book up as its storytelling befits a more seasoned author." - R. Ploude
"I just am going to say I have been hungering for a good believable science fiction lately, and this really did it for me. I highly recommend it. Six stars." - Xubbycat
"Tooth and Talon is well-written and entertaining with intriguing characters and a very different universe." - dr susan
"Tooth and Talon was just the kind of science fiction/fantasy book I was looking for. I could not put this book down, and that is not praise I often offer. The book is written in a way that draws on science, describing the creatures depicted in the book with the eyes of a biologist, but we do not become so bogged down in this parlance that the plot is lost." - JD D, Net Galley reviewer
"I loved this book! The story hooked me right away with the intense prologue. The idea of a genetically modified species clashing with humanity was done really well.
"The characters were interesting, and the main character's cultural background was something I hadn't read before and was fascinating. There were also some great connections between characters from the past to characters in the present.
"I would recommend this to anyone who likes SciFi orFantasy and I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars." - Maegan Brassfield
"The book is very well written. Great read." - gamermama
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