They are saurians.
They are armed and dangerous.
On an Earth where the descendants of dinosaurs are still the dominant species, human beings have only their ingenuity to pit against the terrifying biological technology of the Yilanè. Kerrick grew up as their slave-pet: now he must rescue his embattled people with the help of the seafaring Paramutans. And in order to succeed he must place the future of the entire human species at risk…
Winter in Eden continues Harry Harrison’s acclaimed epic story of the titanic clash between two implacably opposed cultures – the saurian Yilanè and the resourceful mammals who have dared to challenge their absolute power.
One Winter in Eden contains the following tales:
“One Winter in Eden”
“Seasons of Belief”
“Cold War Orphans”
“The Yukio Mishima Cultural Association of Kudzu Valley, Georgia”
“Out of the Mouths of Olympus”
“Within the Walls of Tyre”
“The Monkey’s Bride”
THE TRILOGY CONCLUDES…
In West of Eden and Winter in Eden, Harry Harrison, an acknowledged master of imaginative fiction, broke new ground with his most ambitious project to date. He brought to vivid life the world as it might have been, where dinosaurs survived, where their intelligent descendants, the Yilanè, challenged humans for mastery of the Earth, and where the human Kerrick, a young hunter of the Tanu tribe, grew among the dinosaurs and rose to become their most feared enemy.
Now, in Return to Eden, Harrison brings the epic trilogy to a stunning conclusion. After Kerrick rescues his people from the warlike Yilanè, they must regroup and consider their future. They find a safe haven on an island and there begin to rebuild their shattered lives. But with fierce predators stalking the forests, how long can these unarmed human outcasts hope to survive? They need weapons, but they only effective weapons lie in the hands of the technologically superior Yilanè. The small band of humans has no choice but to confront their face head-on.
And, of course, Kerrick cannot forget Vaintè, his implacable Yilantè enemy. She’s been cast out from her kind, under sentence of death, but how long will her banishment last? For her strange attraction to Kerrick has turned into a hatred even more powerful than her inbred instincts – an obsession that compels her to hunt down Kerrick and kill him. In a world completely unlike her own, two great cultures struggling for mastery of the Earth face the same problem that faces us today: how to coexist on the same planet completely unlike ourselves – or mutually perish.
Si Morley is marking time: he’s bored with his job as a commercial artist, and his social life doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. So when he’s approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he’s just what the government is looking for to be part of a a top secret project, he doesn’t hesitate for long. And one night he steps out of his twentieth-century New York apartment into the winter of 1882, and finds a kind of Eden. Or does he?