Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award winner, Barry Longyear is author of the acclaimed Enemy Mine, made into a major. Author Barry Longyear reported at a convention that the studio insisted on According to this thread on the Enemy Mine discussion board. Enemy Mine–The Nebula and Hugo Award winner that inspired the 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr. The story of a.

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With a human and a Drac soldier stranded together on an inhospitable world in the middle of a war, they must work together to survive. Pulpy scifi; different than movie in a good way.

Teens and even tweens would probably appreciate it, too. The book is very different, but I found it highly enjoyable. I prefer science fiction with a human side, though space battles can be fun too. I’ll have to skim the book to make sure, though. 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.

Willis Davidge, a human fighter pilot, is stranded along with Jeriba Shigan, a Dracon a hostile planet. EDIT I had a silly idea. In the days of VHS, I got a copy and watched it over and over again until the tape was stretched and there were lines of colourful static running through parts of it. This is one of my favorites, warts and all. Universal thoughts about war, and racism and a beautifully story about hate and friendship.


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Enemy Mine

I suppose the scavenger’s lonhyear ship evokes images of a mine, but I can’t imagine loongyear would thing that would do anything except confuse the viewer, if they tried to associate it with the title.

Please note this review is for the novella Enemy Minenot the novel. I had only a vague memory of it, mainly just the attempt, over a campfire, to move from trying to kill each other to communicating. Jan 22, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I read the original page version.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I’m not one who likes to read books which came to be movies, but this has been an exception and I’m glad I read it.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. They almost kill each other, but need each other to survive. One of my favorite parts of the story is where Jerry apologizes for his blasphemous remarks he made about Mickey Mouse.

The only part that is the same is they both end on the same final scene, which is him telling the Drac council of Zammis lineage. This is a story of how two sworn enemies are forced to work together to survive, and thus, become the best of friends, even family. Sign up using Email and Password. Sep 11, Mckinley rated it liked it Shelves: Quotes from Enemy Mine. And now I definitely want to see the movie again.

This book is wonderful.

He lives with his wife, Jean, in New Sharon, Maine. I didn’t remember the whole thing, though, and so this reading was delightfully surprising. Click here to see the rest of this review.


American version featured an alternative ending enemh the two get drunk and walk off in separate directions arguing at each other; in the British version they start yelling and a bomb from the sky falls and blows everything apart.

It shows the reader through the main character’s experiences why it is rewarding and worthwhile to try to understand other cultures. Please do yourself a favour and find this original novella, and read it. As I suspected, because I saw the movie 30years ago, the book is very good. I think a pregnant Lee Marvin would have been better. Using the same pronoun we use for toasters and jelly beans to refer to a living, intelligent creature is not okay and the fact that Longyear uses it all the way through to the end kinda pisses me off.

His two Alien Nation television Ties: I could not put the book down once I began reading it because of the great and I mean great character development of the interaction between two protagonists, one an hermaphrodite reptilian alien fighter pilot for the exotic home alien planet, Draco, and the other a United States of Earth fighter pilot battling the alien on the planet Fyrine IV, near the Draconian’s parent planet.