Story summary.Human colony ship Constellation with 8000 passengers on board is attacked & forced to surrender by (humanoid?) aliens called Gerns, while it is on its way to colonize a world called Athena - only earth-like uninhabited world yet known to humanity. Humans have been at war with Gerns & losing; this colony ship had slipped through aliens' earth cordon, but got unlucky.
Aliens claim Athena for themselves, divide the passengers into those whose skills they can use & the rest ("Rejects") - about 4000 to each groups, with families broken arbitrarily. Former will be enslaved, later dumped to die on an uninhabitable & extremely hostile world with two suns called Ragnarok.
This is an epic story of the survival of the Rejects on Ragnarok through many generations & through enormous losses & sacrifices. 200 odd years & many generations later, they will get their revenge.
Notes.Four local animals of Ragnarok - prowlers, unicorns, woods goats, & mockers - play a major role in the story.
- Prowlers are carnivores, eventually domesticated in the role equivalent to dogs - but a lot of men will be felled before that.
- Unicorns have a role somewhat similar to untamable horses, & will also kill a lot of men.
- Woods goats will eventually domesticated as cattle.
- Mockers are little creatures that are telepathic among themselves & with humans, & can speak like humans as parrots do; they will serve not only as pets but also as wireless communication links.
Fact sheet.First published: 1958.
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