Legacy of Heorot - Heorot, Bk 1 Author:Steven Barnes, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven Civilization on Earth was rich, comfortable and overcrowded. Millions applied, but only the best were chosen to settle on Tau Ceti Four. The colony was a success, an idyll, the stuff of dreams, but beyond the perimeter the nightmare has begun to chatter.
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.