Cachalot, November 11, 2000
Reviewer: "harmoniousrage" (TX, USA)
Cachalot is set far in the future in a time when humans have for the most part mended thier ways and are trying to be a more patronly race than they had been in the past. The story takes place on Cachalot, a waterworld when the Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) of old earth have been given a new home. These magnificent creatures have been discovered to be intelligent and a weak truce has been forge between the humans and the whales. The Cetaceans still feel jilted and angry at the humans for the way they had been treated in the past, and old wounds still run deep.
When the whales begin attacking ships and port-towns, several investigators are called in to discover why the attacks are happening after so many years of peace.
What they find is something unprecedented and bizzare.
Cachelot was the first Foster novel I ever read and it made me a big fan of his. It is a truly unique story, told through many different eyes. I'd definitely recommend it to Foster fans and those who've never read him.
A guilt-ridden Earth had turned Chachalot over to the few surviving cetacearns as a perpetual refuge-a planet whose surface was once great ocean, where the remnants of the whales, porpoises, and dolphins could pusue their lives and perhaps even the development on an intelligence greater than man's.
Humans on Cjchalot were striclu conmvined to a few islands and the floating towns prospering from the wealth of its sea. The cetaceans seemed to have forgiven the thousands of years of terror and slaughter they had suffered--some had even befriended selected humans.