Humans have domesticated animals for thousands of years; in this vel, a spacefaring race descends on Earth to domesticate humankind. The Lindauzi came to Earth at the turn of the millennium with a mission to breed humans to become their emotional symbionts. Technically superior, within a generation the Lindauzi dominate the Earth, running a breeding program designed to produce humans capable of full emotional symbiosis. This is the story of Ilox, a human raised by the Lindauzi, his banishment and adoption by a tribe of wild humans, and his eventual reunion with his Lindauzi bond-mate, Phlarx. While alien invasion is a common plot in science fiction, this fresh voice breathes new life into such a story, focusing on the theme of what it means to be human.
Warren Rochelle is an associate professor of English at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author of Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin and The Wild Boy. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.