The Legacy of Heorot Author:Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes Best-selling authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have combined their talents with rising star Steven Barnes to create a terrifying and fast-paced adventure of humankind's first outpost on the farthest reaches of space. — The legends tell that Beowulf came to Heorot Hall to help strangers. He was a grim man??a killer, a warrior??welcome only b... more »ecause a ravening monster named Grendel was raiding the hall for human meat.
Light years from Earth, on Tau Ceti Four, 200 men and women sponsored by the National Geographic Society have created a seemingly idyllic paradise called Avalon. Crops flourish, the climate is good, and the colony quickly settles into a easygoing lifestyle. But Avalon holds a lethal secret.
One man, security chief Cadmann Weyland, insists on a more cautious approach. He is the only warrior among the peaceable farmers, and his warnings are ignored. Like Beowulf, he knows the loneliness of the warrior among strangers. And Cadmann is proved prophetic as things start to go horribly wrong. In their valiant, bloody attempt to annihilate an ancient monster, the citizens of Avalon come to understand that they have fatally disturbed the planet's ecological balance and that the real nightmare is about to begin...« less