A Call to Arms (The Damned, Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster

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By Alan Dean Foster

For eons, the Amplitur had searched area for clever species, each one of which was once joyously welcomed to participate within the success of the Amplitur function. even if it desired to or now not. whilst the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races referred to as the Weave, the aim appeared poised for an exceptional breakthrough. however the Weave's remarkable team spirit additionally gave it the facility to struggle the Amplitur and their reason. And struggle it did -- for hundreds of thousands of years.

Will Dulac was once a brand new Orleans composer who idea the tiny reef off Belize could be the ideal spot to drop anchor and end his most up-to-date symphony in solitude. What he came upon as a substitute was once a gaggle of alien viewers -- a scouting social gathering for the Weave, taking a look. for allies between what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.
Will attempted to persuade the extraterrestrial beings that guy was once essentially peaceable, for he understood that Human involvement might smash the race. yet all too quickly, it didn't topic. The Amplitur had came upon Earth...
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The alien inquired. ” One of the other Amplitur explained. ” “There is no choice for an intelligent race. Were we not here speaking with you now, there would still be no choice. Eventually the Purpose would find you. ” “Maybe it’s not what it is for us,” countered Prinac. ” The Amplitur wondered why this was so, that so many races were slow to see the beauty and wonder of the Purpose. The alien commander adopted a typical bipedal defensive posture: legs bent, hands extended. A primitive display, thought One-who-Decides, for all that it was backed by apparent intelligence.

Those who were naturally deficient could be biologically altered to make them more receptive, and their newfound receptivity passed on to succeeding generations. The Amplitur were deft bioengineers, and the altered races did not object to the procedure. Why should they, when it strengthened their bonds within the Purpose? Furthermore, the Amplitur could only project. They could not truly “read” the minds of their allies. There was no question of invasion of privacy, a basic need which the Amplitur themselves understood.

Therefore it was doubly significant that Caldaq, being not only Massood but young, had been given captaincy of a ship. The honor was not unprecedented, but it was uncommon. Awareness of this only contributed to his nervousness. The trimmed whiskers at the end of his muzzle twitched maniacally. Curling one upper lip, he dug with a neatly trimmed claw at a bit of food that had lodged between two molars. Extracting the fragment, he examined it idly, glanced around to make sure no one was watching him.

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