By Piers Anthony
The trio of scientists have been ordered to survey the planet's plants, fauna and mineral assets, and from the very starting in their project every thing they saw resulted in one startling conclusion-the mysterious global was once nearly exact with the Earth of the Paleocene interval, 70,000,000 years in the past on the very sunrise of the age of mammals! Their names have been Cal, Veg, and Aquilon, the main resourceful-and rebellious-of Earth's explorers, and with them got here 4 alien partners, the mantas. unusual flying beings, half-animal, half-fungus, the mantas possessed the keenest senses of any creatures within the universe, a present which straight away kept the undertaking from entire catastrophe. Detecting powerful vibrations coming from an outstanding distance, the mantas warned the people, and Cal discovered that it might suggest just one factor: an earthquake-one sufficiently big to provide a tidal wave that will absolutely inundate the small island the place they'd manage camp. Veg, the most powerful member of the crew, developed a crude crusing raft, and the get together placed out to sea to flee the doomed island. It used to be the start of a huge sequence of adventures which might cause them to discoveries as momentous as they have been lethal. crusing for weeks, the raft took them to a quarter significantly various from the island that they had left at the back of. And whilst a brachiosaurus, supposedly extinct within the Paleocene interval, approximately swamped the raft, they knew that they had reached a space of worthwhile clinical value-an remoted enclave of the Cretaceous interval the place the complete spectrum of the golden age of reptiles used to be current! yet simply as fantastic because the dinosaurs used to be one other creature they have been quickly to meet-Orn, a man-sized fowl who belonged to the main complicated species ever to advance in this global. Unsurpassed racial reminiscence enabled Orn's brain to arrive hundreds of thousands of years into the previous, and it used to be his presence that led the 3 people and the mantas to open insurrection. made up our minds to avoid man's harmful exploitation of this international, they need to pit themselves not just opposed to the creatures they need to avoid wasting from extinction, but additionally opposed to the all-consuming greed of Earth's strong professionals. As wealthy in clinical element because it is in breathtaking pleasure, Orn is a masterwork of the mind's eye and a tribute to the artistic genius of Piers Anthony.