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Stranded on an alien planet, light years from home, wandering from blistering heat to searing cold, Nils Kruger was not a happy man. So when he met another being - even though it wasn't human - things seemed to be looking up. The alien might be helpless, or it might be dangerous, but one thing was for sure - they stood a better chance for survival if they worked together.

But as the two creatures overcame their mutual suspicion, as they worked together, as the language barrier was broken down, Nils came to a terrifying conclusion - this alien was more intelligent than a human. And to it, Nils was the alien

©1957 Hal Clement (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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dated sci-fi

Pulp Speculative Fiction from the 1950s and 1960s doesn't often age very well. While the story is entertaining in a way there is a lack of a real journey in the center of a journey.
There is also not too subtle reference to ethnic stereotypes and a serious white savior issue.
The story end is clunky and is supposed to make you think. The human still wants to save his friend and his friend still wants his world. All we really get is world building with no real drama or danger or development in characters.

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