Friday, December 18, 2009

Come Sing the Moons Of Moravenn - Leigh Brackett

Short Story

Number of words : 6000
Percent of complex words : 6.5
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 10.9


Fog : 7.00
Flesch : 79.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.9



A planet in the Vela Spur, orbiting a topaz-colored star. It has 3 moons. In particular, the site of a new colony sponsored by the Vanguard Foundation.


Art Farrell

Eighteen year old agriculture expert colonist.


Colonist, friend of Art who comes to disagree with him.


R'Lann leader that tries to help the colonists throught Art.

Jamie Hunter

Agricultural coordinator for the colony.

Tom Chen

Colony council president.


Elderly R'Lann chief.

Antelope Woman

Colony ecology team head.

Sam Agatelli

Colony extraterrestrial anthropologist.


Vanguard Beautiful

Colony ship that brought the people to Moravenn.


The Vanguard Foundation

Supporters and funders of interstellar colonisation.



The native people of Moravenn, and completely humanoid and sentient. They prefer to live in caves. The name means 'The Survivors'.


Ladder Of Souls

R'Lann religious concept.

Singing the Moons

R'Lann term for the lore associated with the geological instability of the planet.



Viewing technology.


A group of young people have been sponsored to start a colony on the world of Moravenn. They have sort of a vegetarian commune existence in mind. They have been trained for colonisation, but have no real practical experience or experience in general, which becomes a problem when they realise the planet's geology will give them problems. Three moons and the local conditions can cause devastating disasters, at least for the unprepared.

Another surprise is that the planet is inhabited. These people are low-tech but intelligent, but know how to survive here. Art believes and befriends the R'Lann natives, but some people do not, and the colony is split politically, particularly after more setbacks with food production. This does have some tragic consequences, but leaves the colony stronger and learning to adapt.

3.5 out of 5

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