Quofum - Humanx Commonwealth, Bk 27 Author:Alan Dean Foster The Humanx Commonwealth is intrigued with the unique planet Quofum, which is outside their sector, because the orb appears to vanish and reappear off their monitors. Captain Boylen is assigned to escort four xenologists to study the planet especially the life forms since the oceans contain alcohol. Thus he and his crew bring two men, one woman a... more »nd a Thanx to the mysterious planet.
Upon arrival they find three shockers. First there are several primitive but intelligent species that are so dissimilar they could never evolve on the same orb. Second they encounter thousands of other various life-forms never seen anywhere else. Finally as mysterious as the diversity findings prove, the visitors have no idea who made a gigantic underground compound containing technology and gadgetry none of the scientists recognize.« less
Quofum is a strange planet, discovered by a probe, seemingly winking in and out of existence. Finally a small expedition has been put together to explore it, and 4 scientists set out with a small ship of 2 crew members to land on this strange world. Immediately they discover a biota so rich with life and making no evolutionary sense whatsoever that they are both stunned and mystified. And in their explorations they make another mind-blowing discovery.
Alan Dean Foster seems to be cranking out side novels related to his larger plot of a mysterious Evil darkness coming to devour the Commonwealth worlds. This one turns out to be one of those, and disappointingly ends in a rather lackluster manner after the big revelation. The whole plot seems to peter out and go nowhere in particular. Foster is an expert at world-building and his descriptions are fascinating, but this reads like another money-maker to me, despite its being written with his usual skill.