Christopher Rowley (born ) is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and Starhammer was followed by The Vang: The Military Form and The Vang: The Battlemaster to form a loosely connected trilogy (all published by. As a last resort, the gentle beings used the Starhammer to smash the Vang spacefleets and homeworld, leaving but few survivors. For a billion years a silvery. Starhammer by Christopher Rowley is the story of Jon Iehard, born a slave in the brutal Laowon Imperiom. The Laowon are a species of.

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I know what you’re thinking: The laowon christophdr similar to humans physically as well as mentally. The aliens modify human DNA to create genetic mutations that serve their particular needs.

Very clearly this was an inspiration for the Halo series, as they essentially ripped off the last pages for the story of the first Halo. For example – The mote suddenly brayed, “Welc “In stormy midlatitudes we secured him, and laid him down, Tucked close to Nemo’s Piston a million fathoms round, where we laid him down, So don’t look for us in sun’s light lest the laowon hunt us down, To Hope and Nemo’s Piston, a million fathoms round.

Leave it to a greedy terrestrial corporation to discover the signal and christopherr to send one of its own passing vessels to investigate. Excellent read, even if the first chapter is a bit slow. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes. He gets his friend Meg, a computer whiz who doesn’t care about people’s backgrounds as long as they’re good, to help him. Baltimore Science Fiction Society.

In a desperate attempt to protect themselves, the Wisdom folk built a device which imploded stars and caused them to go nova. Jul 10, Kaustubh Dudhane rated it it was amazing. Educated for the most part at Brentwood SchoolEssexEngland, he became a London -based journalist in the s. While being terrified by the movie on first viewing– people screamed and ran out of the theatre I was in during that showing I was also busy acknowledging the smart science fiction background to it.


Finally Jon and two of his christophef survive to find the Starhammer and activate the controls. One of these genetic “slaves” becomes the hero of the story and, through circumstance, gowley on a path, an extremely violent path that will change the course of human history.

He is also a former journalist and television screenswriter. Mar 17, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it. His novel Starhammer has been cited by computer programmer Jason Jones as an important literary influence in the creation of the Halo video game by Bungie. Add t Solid sci-fi grimdark! And for those who doubt that intelligence can evolve in the oceans, I offer the example of the Cephalopoda, the squids and octopi. Why is it s This book is the first in “The Vang” series.

Review — Starhammer by Christopher Rowley

Jon is saved from such a mass execution by a Laowon princess who finds him sexy and makes him her pleasure slave. Buy Starhammer from Amazon. I am not sure Rowley realizes that when the enormity reaches that scale, it can’t sustain itself. Feb 25, John rated it really liked it Shelves: They used their entire sun as reaction mass for some kind of time machine, throwing themselves into the unimaginable future where they hoped to find the Vang destroyed.

This utterly lacks any of it.


Lovecraft and published by Seven Seas. One of my favorite books of all time. However, those two dropped threads don’t damage the enjoyability of the story all that much.


Humans are enslaved by another species called Lao from a different solar system. But the count was driven to return to his old haunts, and that he could do only if he was rich — immensely rich.

One cannot ignore the innumerable crimes committed in the name of religious or ideological frenzy. I might reread its sequel, Military Form, then end the series with Battlemaster.

The Sleepers Awake Eons ago, a war was fought to the death between the parasitic and ferocious Vang and a race of gifted but doomed froglike creatures. All the time a powerful Laowon fleet is hurrying to stop them, and it turns out that the Starhammer complex is infested with a remnant of the Vang. Since “Bladerunner” there has hardly been anything that one could call a “serious” work of SF film making Okay, there was Gattaca, and Terminator 1.

In human times a human ship crashlanded there and humans made it their home. It is A brilliant, gory, action-packed science fiction epic that ended like strhammer splash of cold water to the face. For an action packed book about alien invasion that is actually good try Battlefield Earth by L.

The idea behind them was to update the “space opera” subgenre and filter into it some modern SF style. This feels like it was starammer given a single pass before being shipped to the printing press. Patrick Paulsen rated it it was ok Apr 16, But after that–well, it’s thrill after thrill.