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. Sweeping the major American novella awards, Barry B. Longyear’s Enemy Mine certainly caught the genre’s eye when it was published in. Author Barry Longyear reported at a convention that the studio insisted on According to this thread on the Enemy Mine discussion board.

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Sweeping the major American novella awards, Barry B. Enemy Mine by Barry Longyear 35 49 Sep 16, According to this thread on the Enemy Mine discussion board: May 04, Ben Babcock rated it really liked it Shelves: The alien Dracs are not that alien.

Yet our effectiveness in war tends to be proportional to the amount to which we can dehumanize ourselves and our enemy: I have the original paperback which is a novelization by Gerrold of the movie that was made of the short story by Longyear.

Return to Book Page. Quotes from Enemy Mine. 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.

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. Meanwhile the interstellar war has ended in an longyead peace.

Of course they are rescued – but with the war over, how will the Man and the young Drac fare? The Changewhich novelizes an barty script, and Slag Like Mewhich novelizes material from a cancelled season, are competent eneemy routine. I think you’ll see elements of it in the work I’m currently doing. Trivia About Enemy Mine. This is a book I’ve read, reread ,remember, and have thoroughly enjoyed. 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.


I prefer science fiction with a human side, though space battles can be fun too. At the same time, the alert clarity and genre cunning of Longyear’s best work seem potentially available to him, mind may surface again. Published December 31st by Jove Books first published September Grooms Mission to Universe by Gordon R. You believe in the characters and the ever strengthenin just finished Barry Longyear’s Enemy Mine.

I found both the movie version and the novella equally strong and can’t say which one I’d prefer.

Unlike in either version of “Arena”, however, the human and alien are not doomed to fight to the death. I had heard that the story was much better and that the movie mangled it a bit plus there were production problems.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Preview — Enemy Mine by Barry B. Clarke; “Sandkings” novelette by George R. It also appears in Longyear’s anthology The Enemy Papers I almost cried twice in the first 40 pages and I’m not really a crier.

I really enjoyed reading this lojgyear I am a fan of the film, and liked the insight the book gave on both characters from Davidage to the Drac he named Jerry and how they were first lobgyear to surviving together in the situation they were in.

Mar 12, Gary Bake rated it really liked it. Some differences can be found between them, but it’s a good reading even if, like me, you have seen the movie before. When the Drac reproduces asexually and then soon dies, Davidge is left to care for its offspring and raise it into the Drac culture, which he has come to respect and appreciate in a way no other human has.

To ask other readers questions about Enemy Mineplease sign up. They almost kill each other, but need each other to survive. Sunday, June 18, 7: Even before I had come across Hell in the Pacific as a possible source, it was pretty obvious to me that the situation of the two characters is basically a WW2 setting, and that the Drac culture is based on Western perceptions of contemporary human East Asia the respect for ancestors, hierachical society, etc.


Confronting and assimilating Mien, Longyear has ambitions—and succeeds from a moral, cross-cultural, and societal point of view. Towering tidal waves, scarce food, and little wood for making fire, the harsh living conditions quickly force the two to cooperate or die.

Ironically I find “Enemy Mine” most successful when it is most human. Like some of the other entries in this lonyyear, Enemy Mine feels like a prototype that defines the mould for an entire subgenre of science fiction. In it was produced as a science fiction film by Twentieth Century Fox. Post Your Ejemy Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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Views Read Edit View history. As I suspected, ene,y I saw the movie 30years ago, the book is very good. Please note this review is for the novella Enemy Minenot the novel. Other winners of Hugos: But when tragedy strikes, a whole new set of problems must be solved.

Enemy Mine

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. For those who like this genre? This article about a science fiction short story or stories is a stub. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Enemy Mine The alien Dracon and the Man face each other; crash-landed – both stranded on the barely habitable barren rock of a mime that they have fought over in space not an hour before.