A Place Beyond Man
The 1975 novel that launched The Archives of Varok, revised and updated as The View Beyond Earth
Two offworld species, disturbingly human and altogether alien: the sensuous, amphibious ellls and the humanoid varoks, experiencing life with mindful awareness. How do twenty-first century humans react when they confront comparable intelligence residing in "their" solar system? Microbiologist Tandra Grey finds new hope for an ailing Earth and her own future when she makes first contact with alien neighbors too intelligent, too nosy, and too near to ignore.
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Cary Neeper has created not one but two credible non-human species.... It's an engrossing first novel by a microbiologist whose previous writing has been [on] pneumococcal polysaccharide."
—Psychology Today, New York, July 1975
...fine writing and down-to-earth story line, "A Place Beyond Man" is great escapism, and these days we really need it. Bravo.
—Friday Magazine, WCNY TV/24 FM/91.3, April 18, 1975, 7 pm
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