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The best intentions . . .When the Survey Service first came to Bilbeis IV, it found a planet inhabited by humanoid aliens just on the verge of civilization. Then compassion overcame common sense, and David Ware did the one thing the Service prohibited - - he interfered. Just a little.But when the Survey Service returned 1,500 years later, it discovered just what David WareThe best intentions . . .When the Survey Service first came to Bilbeis IV, it found a planet inhabited by humanoid aliens just on the verge of civilization. Then compassion overcame common sense, and David Ware did the one thing the Service prohibited - - he interfered. Just a little.But when the Survey Service returned 1,500 years later, it discovered just what David Ware's meddling had done.The bureaucrats of the Survey Service could not afford to allow such a breach of noninterference to be publicized. So they set out to cover it up. Reports were destroyed, files erased, and people eliminated. But one witness refused to be silenced. For the future of the Survey Service was at stake, and so was the future of Bilbeis IV....

Title : Noninterference
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ISBN : 9780345343383
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 213 Pages
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Noninterference Reviews

  • Michael Smith
    2019-06-20 11:44

    The first thing you’ll think of reading this very minor novel is “Prime Directive,” even though it has nothing to do with Star Trek. The Survey Service keeps an eye on pre-technological civilizations, with a strict hands-off policy, but a member of one team takes pity on the personable ruler of a Sumer-like culture and gives her something to cure her cancer. Unfortunately, when the next survey team comes back 1,500 years later, they find the queen is still alive and her kingdom is far ahead of where it reasonably ought to be. The Survey Service has political enemies who would like to see it shut down, and this is all the ammo they would need. And at that point, this turns into a lightweight version of a John Grisham chase story, with a bloodyminded bureaucrat committing mass murder to protect her budget. Speaking as a professional semi-bureaucrat myself, the author is way over the top on this one. I didn’t find it believable at all, not even on its own terms.

  • Rick
    2019-06-23 11:58

    I think this is the first Turtledove book that I have read that is not alternate history, it is definitely the oldest of his books that I have read. I really enjoyed the the even if the cover image didn't make any sense until the end of the book.I really liked the way the story was broken up into a sort of pre-prologue if you will, then a prologue, then the bulk of the book being the main story. The second section certainly caught me off guard, I didn't expect what I read at all based on the first part and that was a good thing.The characterization was not bad although there wasn't really any world building to speak of. I was definitely more invested in the characters than the setting. For a good old fashioned sci-fi story with a bit of crime thriller thrown in I highly rcommend it.

  • Jack
    2019-06-12 16:53

    YES! YES! YES!One of the best Turtledove books I've ever read - and Lord knows I've read a ton of them.David Ware did one thing the Federacy Survey Service prohibited - he interfered. Just a little.1,500 years later when the Survey Service returned, it discovered just what Ware's meddling had done.And that's when the Chairman ordered the cover up. Reports destroyed, filed erased, 18 days (not 18 1/2 minutes) were 'lost' and then people began to be eliminated. Written back in 1985, Turtledove took a bit of Star Trek (Prime Directive: no interference with the social development of a planet), a bit of Watergate (one nasty cover-up) and mixed in an immortal priestess.And I believe he pulls it off in grand style.It was a quick read; a fun read. I highly recommend it.

  • Sam
    2019-06-25 13:06

    Noninterference is the first Harry Turtledove novel I've ever read, and I'm not sure in someways if it was the best place to start. The politics within the plot are things I've seen done to death and yet it was still very enjoyable. The characters definitely could have been more fleshed out, but I feel this more of a case where the event took the forefront over characterization. I found at times this book very difficult to read due to Turtledove's dense writing style, and it's certainly a harder form of science fiction than I'd enjoy. Still the political aspects of the story and how it flowed certainly engaging enough to complete, however I really don't know if this is a novel I could easily recommend to anyone.

  • Nicholas Katopol
    2019-06-24 13:51

    I read it when I was a kid. I enjoyed it, and the experience of being put in the place of a visitor on an alien world. Don't recall much beyond that and the cover of the book, which stayed with me (for reasons I cannot identify.)

  • Tome Addiction
    2019-06-17 12:03

    An interesteting tale of the unknown and unmeasurable impact of interfering with other cultures. Harry Turtledove is a master of weaving a deeper message into a entertaining yarn of interesting characters, political cover up, and a twist ending.

  • Lori Wilkey
    2019-06-01 16:04

    I enjoyed the book. I like the fact that Turtledove seems to really think his stories out. People may be more or less the same, regardless of the planet they're on, but he remembers that the physiology and culture will be a bit different. What works for us may not work for others.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-06-10 11:45

    An excellent collection of short SiFi stories by one of my top 5 favorite writers. Highly reccommended

  • David
    2019-06-24 14:53

    This book has all the usual Turtledove details one has come to expect with his alternate history stories. Basically a government conspiracy thriller told from both sides of the point in question.

  • Brentman99
    2019-05-26 18:53

    An interesting story that Turtledove does a great job of writing. I love the idea that one small error at one point in time can have such an impact later on. I enjoyed the book.

  • Scott Gardner
    2019-06-05 13:08

    Interesting book

  • Michael Atkinson
    2019-06-15 11:04

    Not bad. Sort of a Prime Directive/political thriller combination: the best kind!