The Legacy of Heorot - Heorot, Bk 1 Author:Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes A novel of visionary terror and adventure! Light years from Earth, the pinnacle of mankind's genius is reached: two hundred men and women carve an idyllic self-sufficient colony out of the vast planet Tau Ceti Four. Among the biologists, genetic engineers and farmers is one man who urges caution -- Colonel Cadmann Weyland, a warrior among strang... more »ers. They ignore his warnings and tear down his defenses -- until a monster of lightning speed and awesome brutality threatens to destroy their peaceful, fragile world. Now Weyland leads the colonists into deadly, desperate battle. But the beast's annihilation is a fatal mistake, and the true nightmare is just beginning...« less
Larry Niven -- what more needs to be said? Seriously, a fascinating novel that is a kind of SF future version of the ancient story of Beowulf and Grendel. A colony is established by human beings on a beautiful planet...but not all inhabitants of the planet are peaceful. A great read.