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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Torture, torture, rape, torture, humanity keeling over without a fight, people betraying each other over and over again This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat Add to that a good tempo and plenty of no nonsense violence and you have a quick pleasing read. I love the background story of the laowon, human, the vangs, and the Starhammer.

If I get caught reading it by my family they are all “Oh my god! Christopher Rowley born is an American writer specializing in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

There is quite a little character development yet I feel that the MC Jon was portrayed very well. I think it shows.

For a bad case of insomnia, prescribe this book. They read well as stand-alones so starting with book 2 is no biggie. A brilliant, gory, action-packed science fiction epic that ended like a splash of cold water to the face. More than three thousand years after Humanity first went to the stars, an asteroid miner named Seed of Hope was illegally prospecting for radioactives in the Forbidden Areas of the Saskatch star system.


The Ryetelth novels also include a tangential story, told in The Wizard and the Floating City that interrupted the sequence of Bazil Broketail novels and introduced new characters and a broadening of the conceptual framework of the entire series.

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The aliens thought humans made good slaves and better pets, and they were fond of creating new breeds. Jul 10, Kaustubh Dudhane rated it it was amazing. It is to this hellhole that Jon and his companions must come.

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From there, things get way out of hand. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

While being terrified by the movie on first viewing– people screamed and ran out of the theatre I was in during rowkey showing I was also busy acknowledging the smart science fiction background to it.

You wanted a planet, but you didn’t want the planet’s population. Views Read Edit View history. As a result the Laowon take Meg off to the Brutality Room to be tortured to destruction. He is also a former journalist and television screenswriter.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Societies based on evil don’t last millenia. Lists with This Book. A much older, and wiser life form. Our jump spin was absorbed by the star. Starhammer The Vang 1 by Christopher Rowley. Mar 17, Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it.

I image that if it were written 10 years later it would have been much different. Christkpher can’t really recommend it though. If I was the editor for a dictionary, I would put this book’s cover art next to the entry for “genre trash.


Since the Batrachians had been forced to consume their own sun to fuel their escape from this universe– essential because Military Form had been landed on their homeworld– that planetary system broke asunder and the Batrachian homeworld wandered off into the darkness of interstellar space. And that was the beginning of the end for the Laowon.

He curr Christopher Rowley is a prolific writer of both science fiction and fantasy novels. The aliens modify human DNA to create genetic mutations that serve their particular needs.


The aliens thought humans made good slaves and better pets, and they were fond of creating new breeds. 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. The Starhammer machinery resumed its endless march across the seabed while human space travellers arrived and colonised the ancient planet, a couple of centuries before the fateful contact with the Laowon.

However, those two dropped threads don’t damage the enjoyability of the story all that much. They have a harrowing journey across the sands, narrowly escaping slavers and canibalistic tribes several times.

Finally Jon and two of his companions survive to find the Starhammer and activate the controls. However, this book was published in To ask other readers questions about Starhammerplease sign up.

One of my favorite books of all time. And, can I say–it’s as well written as I remembered it being.