The Earthborn

The Earthborn

Paul Collins

Synopsis of The Earthborn

Welkin Quinn has always dreamed of setting foot on Earth. As an elite Skyborn teenager aboard a transport ship destined for Tau Ceti, all he knows of his home planet is what he has learned from the Elders as well as from a wealth of records and artifacts archived in the ship's memory. The creatures known as the Earthborn-brutish survivors of the devastation that laid waste to Earth-are an uncivilized and technologically primitive race in many ways indistinguishable from savages.

Yet even though Welkin was born on The Colony, Earth is still. . . home.

When The Colony is forced to abort its mission to colonize and Tau Ceti and crash lands on Earth, he will finally have a chance to experience Earth-and the Earthborn-firsthand.

Assigned to a reconnaissance team to explore The Colony's perimeter, however, Welkin is ambushed by a murderous gang of feral Earthborn known as Jabbers. Welkin is rescued by Sarah, an Earthborn hardly older than himself and a leader of group of young survivors who are trying to unite other displaced families in a war against the Jabbers.

No question Skyborn Welkin needs the help of these Earthborn to survive. The real question is, Why on earth would they need him?

Reviews of The Earthborn


That the Book ends inconclusively, setting us up for sequels, is the final straw that will send readers scurrying back to classics of this type such as Andre Norton's Star Man's Son(1952). -- Paul Di Filippo,

The tale ends too soon, but we can hope that it's the start of a trilogy, or an even longer Series. -- Ernest Lilley, SFRevu