The Cretaceous Past

Hardcover, 192 pages

English language

Published May 31, 2021 by Subterranean Press.

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All the years of human civilization represent an infinitesimal fraction of the time since life first burgeoned on planet Earth. How likely is it, then, in those great depths of time, that humanity alone benefitted from the spark of intelligence which gave rise to culture? This is the question posed by China's preeminent science fiction writer for more than twenty years and Hugo-Award-winner for The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu in his magisterial new short novel, The Cretaceous Past. The answer he offers is unexpected, supposing an unlikely alliance between the largest creatures in the world of the deep past and some of the smallest. And it all begins with a toothache. When a Tyrannosaurus rex suffers pain from meat trapped between its enormous teeth, a nearby colony of ants risks entering the great creature's maw to make their own repast from the remains of the dinosaur's most recent meal. From …

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3 stars

i can't really call this book good. it's basically "what if there were Really Big Humans, but they were really clumsy, so they had to work with Really Small Humans to get anything done?" There's a whole thing about how the dinosaurs are creative and the ants are completely uncreative, but those are mostly informed traits. there's also some kind of political commentary going on but i'm not sure it really makes sense. the exploration of military deterrence in this book pales in comparison to the one in the 3 body trilogy.

that said, i DID have a blast reading it. c'mon. it's got talking dinosaurs!