The Tar-Aiym Krang
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Release Date: 1972
The first Pip and Flinx book published is definitely benefitted by reading prequel “For Lover of Mother Not” first. This briskly paced story about a search for a possible musical instrument from an extinct civilization doesn’t spend too much time going into any of the characters in much depth. With only a few exceptions, Flinx is a reactive character through the story.
On the plus side, the story is set up in the Humanx Commonwealth, a really interesting science fiction future with Human and Bug symbiotic relationships and use of computers much more plausible than the 1970’s publication date would suggest. The background info shared on this world was my favorite part of the read. Alan Dean Foster is a wizard at pulling great scifi surprises out of thin air and the true purpose of the Krang follows suit nicely.
The one thing that does really date this novel was the name of the spaceship, “Gloryhole” which has of course taken on a different connotation in recent years.