Christopher Rowley (born ) is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and Starhammer was followed by The Vang: The Military Form and The Vang: The Battlemaster to form a loosely connected trilogy (all published by. As a last resort, the gentle beings used the Starhammer to smash the Vang spacefleets and homeworld, leaving but few survivors. For a billion years a silvery. Starhammer by Christopher Rowley is the story of Jon Iehard, born a slave in the brutal Laowon Imperiom. The Laowon are a species of.

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The writing and editing process changed a lot in the few years after this was published. We traveled around its gravity center along the lines of the magnetic field.

Jon inserts himself and Meg in their group and in a stunning space fight against the Laowon they recover the Churchill and head off to Baraf, where the Starhammer awaits them.

The laowon are similar to tsarhammer physically as well as mentally.

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They have a harrowing journey across the sands, narrowly escaping slavers and canibalistic tribes several times. A much older, and wiser life form.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Sep 25, Michael rated it it was amazing. It would’ve been one of my favorite books if the ending keep up with the quality of the drama the story carries.

Open Preview See a Problem? But the story itself is so dark that it gets predictable and gross. Torture, torture, rape, torture, humanity keeling over without a fight, people betraying each other over and over again Add to that a good tempo and plenty of no nonsense violence and you have a quick pleasing read. The Starhammer machinery resumed its endless march across the seabed while human space travellers arrived and colonised the ancient planet, a couple of centuries before the fateful contact with the Laowon.

Daniel rated it it was amazing Jan 29, They are more ruthless than us and they had done same things to us as the Nazis did christopjer Jews. If an advanced space going species were to go all the way down this road, from “replicants” to bio-weapons and beyond, where would it end up?

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I’d give it five stars had it not been anti-climatic in the end. No trivia or quizzes yet. I lost it somewhere along the line and have been trying to find rowldy again for many years. Others, from Heinlein to Russell also flickered through my thoughts.


And for those who doubt that intelligence can evolve in the oceans, I offer the example of the Cephalopoda, the squids and octopi. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Other books in the series. However the Vang had already landed on their homeworld by the time they could put the device to work, so their entire civilization was doomed. If I get caught reading it by my family they are all “Oh my god! Vang-Military Form is where, rowleey least in my opinion.

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Baraf was captured by Pleonie, one of the Pleadies, and was burned to a barely habitable cinder. His dna was tinkered with by an alien called a Laowan, chrustopher species that over years ago defeated Earth and all of its colonies and now rules with an iron fist.

And read this – “There was a strange, wrenching moment as the gravitomagnetic bubble formed and the ship surged through the wormholes of space-time. They used their entire sun as reaction mass for some kind of time machine, throwing themselves into the unimaginable future where they hoped to find the Vang destroyed.

Christopher Thiele rated it it was amazing Jul 22, It is A brilliant, gory, action-packed science fiction epic that ended like a splash of cold water to the face.

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A billion or so years ago Baraf was a wet jungle world, the home of a gentle froglike race of philosophers called the Wisdom Wishing.

Dec 21, Ann aka Iftcan rated it it was amazing. Now circumstances forced him to take his sadistic pleasures among the uncouth peasants of Wexel’s hilly outback. Then in the next twenty pages he is involved in a court conspiracy to assassinate an alien rowlwy with a gun-implant in his middle finger. While being terrified by the movie on first viewing– people screamed and ran out of the theatre I was in during that showing I was also busy acknowledging the smart science fiction background to it.


His novel Starhammer has been cited by computer programmer Jason Jones as an important literary influence in the creation of the Halo video game by Bungie. Rowoey won’t be reading the sequels.

In a desperate attempt to protect starhwmmer, the Wisdom folk built a device which imploded stars and caused them to go nova. And Eblis Bey held half the key to a weapon that could destroy the Laowon tyranny and bring freedon once more to Mankind! Satrhammer more than that, the Military Form is equipped with built in understanding of weapons and technology. The Military Form and The Vang: The Halo videogames borrowed heavily from this book, and Jason Jones of Bungie Studios was my reference for picking it up.

I image that if it were written 10 years later it would have been much different. The mc is a genetically created human male. Zhugenaut rated it really liked it Apr 13, Women are companions and confidents who often have as much if not more talent than the male leads.

Doug rated it liked it Oct 31, It increased our chances of survival by twenty percent. At which point it would revert to the egg form itself, complete with chest burster. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I was hardly the only writer in the 80s to be doing this, of course, but I was writing for Del Rey, a very successful imprint and their meat and potatoes was adventure SF and here was a chance to have fun with the genre and along the way ask a few questions. Kenn rated it liked it Dec 24, Patrick Paulsen rated it it was ok Apr 16,