The Best Novella category was not one of the original Hugo categories in In , the awards were presented at Noreascon II in Boston. The Locus Awards were established in and presented by Locus Magazine based on a poll of its readers. At various times the award has been presented at Westercon and, more recently, at a weekend sponsored by Locus at the Science Fiction Museum now MoPop in Seattle. Frederick Pohl won the first award.
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Post a Comment. Please note this review is for the novella Enemy Mine , not the novel. Sweeping the major American novella awards, Barry B. A film produced six years later a film which unfortunately is hindered by poor special effects , the exposure took the story beyond the book world and moved it into the attention of the general public. Opening mid-action—mid-punch even, Enemy Mine begins with a soldier of Earth in hand to hand combat with an alien Drac after their fighter jets have crashed on the surface of an uninhabited planet.
Towering tidal waves, scarce food, and little wood for making fire, the harsh living conditions quickly force the two to cooperate or die. Lost at sea, scavenging among the rocks, and language problems all around, the two eventually form an accord that allows for a sense of normalcy to life. But when tragedy strikes, a whole new set of problems must be solved. Confronting and assimilating Otherness, Longyear has ambitions—and succeeds from a moral, cross-cultural, and societal point of view.
But where Longyear falls a little short is in style. Emotional resonance exists at turns, but it is not replete—an important factor in a story built on characters. Missing are subtle details which would draw deeper empathy, and in turn make the relationships more realistic. In the end, Enemy Mine is a simplistic but touching story of a human and alien forced to come to terms with the others alien-ness.
Successfully converting attitudes and worldviews, the novella is a success from a thematic point of view. Style largely direct and open, a lot more could have been accomplished were the individual scenes to have been fleshed out with little details to enhance character.
Regardless, it is a poignant little story that deserves the accolades it achieved for ambition alone, yet seems to have faded from the reprints, anthologies, and the like given the weakness of style.
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The story of a man, incomplete in himself, taught to be a human by his sworn enemy, an alien being who leaves with the human its most important possession: its future. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
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Enemy Mine (novella)
Later, it was collected by Longyear in the book Manifest Destiny. A longer, novel form was published, based on the film. It also appears in Longyear's anthology The Enemy Papers : this version was labeled as "The Author's cut" and was significantly revised. Willis Davidge, a human fighter pilot, is stranded along with Jeriba Shigan, a Drac , on a hostile planet.
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