The Termite Queen: Volume One: The Speaking of the Dead

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In the 30th century, an off-world expedition brings back a giant termite with a behavior that suggests intelligence. During the planning for a first-contact expedition, Kaitrin Oliva, a linguistic anthropologist, falls in love with the entomologist-leader, a complex man hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet as the Queen's Chamberlain plots a murder ... More

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Words: 131,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476064468
About Lorinda J Taylor

A former catalogue librarian, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but has only recently begun to publish. Her main goal is to write entertaining and compelling fiction that leaves her readers with something to think about at the end of each story.

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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on June 20, 2014 :
About 1000 years from now, Earth and it's inhabitants have survived several apocalyptic events, climate change, religious and political wars and even a 'Dark Ages' type period, resulting in a future where politics, religion and people's mindsets/priorities are quite different from ours in many respects.

Space exploration was revived, resulting in a first contact, which eventually introduced Humans to three other diverse types of intelligent beings who allowed Humanity to join their Confederation and accompany them on their exploration of other worlds.

A new world is discovered. Unfortunately, the intelligence of one of its creature races was not discovered until after the death of one of them and the abduction and death of another. The reason was simple, unlike the Confederations four races, these creatures did not speak vocally, nor were they telepathic, they communicated in a completely different way.

As well as creating a believable future Earth and four non-human extra-terrestrial
races, the author cleverly explains how to surmise a language from a previously unknown form of non-verbal communication.

Although the story involves all five races, the emphasis is on the discovery of intelligence, the building/understanding of a new language and the return journey to the newly discovered world (including a romance between two scientists who are polar opposites in every respect).

This book enticingly paves the way for the next book in what promises to be a fascinating series
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tim Myles on April 20, 2012 :
In the Termite Queen, author Lorinda Taylor takes the reader 1000 years into the future where planet Earth is radically changed by wars, pollution, revolutions, political upheavals, dark ages, and technology. Despite all, human society remains resilent and progressive. Humans remain human, with all their foibles and insecurities, striving for knowledge and understanding, having an abiding need for love.

In this future world, interstellar travel has brought humans in touch with intelligent life forms from other earth-like planets. Xenobiology, the study of extra-terrestrial life, has become a major branch of science. An expedtion has brought home a specimen of a giant termite-like organism from a distant planet. Our heroine, assistant professor of linguistics, Kaitrin, studies the creature and based on its recordings, believes it to possess consciousness and symbolic language.

In a whirlwind of activity, she grapples with breaking the language code of the termites. Meanwhile preparations are made for a return trip to the termite planet and a stormy affair develops between Kaitrin and expedition leader, Griffin. As the humans mount their return expedition, the termite planet is wracked with its own religio-political intrigues..... The inquisitive mind will find this an irresistible and intoxicating tale.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

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