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This strange, ambitious science fiction novel has already won enough attention for its first-time author to make it a
selection by both the Book of the Month and QPB clubs. Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit linguist, heads a team of
scientists and explorers on an expedition to the planet Rakhat, where contact has been established with two apparently
primitive races, the Runa and the Jana'ata. The narrative shifts back and forth between 2016, when contact is first
made, and 2060, to a Vatican inquest interrogating the maimed and broken Sandoz. A paleoanthropologist, Russell makes
the descriptions of the inhabitants of Rakhat both convincing and unsettling. Check out Amazon.com's Sparrow feature and
read an excerpt from the book!