The Colors of Space
Bart felt the involuntary surge of anger, instantly controlled. "It's not that way at all. My mother was a Mentorian, remember. She made five cruises on a Lhari ship before she married my father."
Tommy sighed. "I guess I'm just jealous--to think the Mentorians can sign on the Lhari ship as crew, while you and I will never pilot a ship between the stars. What did she do?"
"She was a mathematician. Before the Lhari met up with men, they used a system of mathematics as clumsy as the old Roman numerals. You have to admire them, when you realize that they learned stellar navigation with their old system, though most ships use human math now. And of course, you know their eyes aren't like ours. Among other things, they're color-blind. They see everything in shades of black or white or gray.
"So they found out that humans aboard their ships were useful. You remember how humans, in the early days in space,
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A fairly interesting story of a kid in over his head in a universe where humans and aliens have an uneasy co-existence. Bart is an interesting character who has lots of chances to make the wrong choices--and sometimes he does. He grows throughout the book, which is really about trust and morality.
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Goshwow and earnest, today this has the feel of a juvenile, though it probably wasn't intended as such.
Bart Steele a 17 year old novice astrogator is in a Lhari spaceport to meet his father, but quickly becomes embroiled in a plot to wrest the secret of the drive from the Lhari. At first he shares the human prejudice against the Lhari, but contact with them in an intimate way (which I won't give away) allows him to get to know them and see both sides of the issue. This then puts his humanity and courage to the extreme test.
Comment; This is a great story with a satisfying and positive ending. The protagonist embarks on a "mini quest" which not only changes and matures him, but in doing so, enriches the relationship between both the Lhari and human races as well.