Eden Chisholm is the project
leader for the planned colonization of New Savannah. She and
her all female crew have spent fifteen years in space reaching
their destination. They plan on using “frozen pops” to build
But when the crew arrives,
they find that the planet they plan to inhabit is already
inhabited, by a group of men from the planet Xtania. These
men are part of a “brood” that has been banished because their
queen failed to produce a female heir.
Baen is the leader of the
Xtanians. The men see the female colonists as queens to be
worshipped and adored. Each queen is expected to have a harem
and produce their own brood. The females have been without
male company for fifteen years, and the Xtanians are very much
like human males. But not every female agrees that the men
are harmless, which makes for some tense situations.
The Ninth Orb
is an entertaining and well-written tale that held me
captive. I loved watching the colonists and the Xtanians try
to overcome language and cultural differences and come to
terms with how to live together.
Lovers of science fiction will
enjoy The Ninth Orb. I know that I did.